From the sound of things this is the VX2000 equivalent, and there'll be a PD150 equivalent with XLR sockets and other 'pro' features. Also, the PAL version apparently does shoot 25fps, so that should make film transfers easy (just slow everything by 4% and do some 'smart' deinterlacing)....no XLR ports!?
Out of interest, what do you think is wrong with it? The only complaints I've heard so far from the people I've come across who've had a chance to play with one of the Sony prototypes is that it's heavy and the viewfinder is in a really stupid place for a camera of its size.Stay away from it. It's a toy in relation to the Panasonic camera and the Canon.
Presumably this one, though Wim Wenders isn't listed in the credits? John Bailey is the cinematographer:I wish I could remember the entire title but I saw a mockumentary shot by John Bailey ASC with his DVX and blown up to 35mm.
Heavy, I'd agree with: I can just about hold the Z1 with one hand like a normal 'handycam', but it's best held with one hand on the side/underneath and the other on the carrying handle at the top. Or you can balance the rear of the camera on your shoulder and use the LCD instead of the viewfinder... a more traditional design with shoulder support and viewfinder near the front would have been a better choice, but I'm sure Sony would charge another $10k for that . It's also almost certainly too heavy for my Steadicam JR, which is a pain.it is heavy. The construction is not rugid enough for semi professional use.
JVC's 720p cameras are 19Mbps, Sony's 1080i cameras are 25Mbps, just like DV.Unfortunately at such a slow bit rate of only about 19.2Mbits/sec (less than actual DVCAM).
Yeah, exactly. I don't think anyone is claiming that Sony would release a $6k handycam that would produce as good a picture as their $100k HD cams . But it is still a very good image for the price, provided you take the limitations of the format into account (e.g. 4:2:0 rather than 4:2:2, and potential compression issues if you have too much changing from frame to frame).HDV is to HD as dvcam was to digibeta and betacamSP.
And they'll be right... they're certainly shooting HD, even though it's not quite as good as a 'professional' HD camera.Now everyone's gonna "think" their shooting HD
Dill said:I have used the Z1J many times (as well as many other cameras).
As a mini dv cam type camera I find it easy enough to use.
The one downfall being the lens. It's dark, not enough light through.
There is perhaps another downfall, although I am not 100% sure.
Apparentely it does not take advantage of the full 1080 resolution,
due to compression or something.
I don't know the ins n outs of this, but apparentely so, when digitising with firewire.
If you know, please reply.
I found out about this site when I was trying to find out if there is a reasonable reasonably priced HDCam camera on the market, in the areas of the like of the Z1J.
(not something that can record at HDV or DVCam, but both at the same time, like the Sony HDWF-900).
Yes I know we are talking about a copmletely different price range,
but ponder this:
Why is it that the likes of the Z1J can record at HDV resolution, and at DVCam tape speed, but can't do (or won't do) both at the same time.
I'm not an engineer (just a cameraman) but I recon it's just a simple electronics thing. Can anyone crack a Z1J menu? If so, I'm sure there's an answer.
I'm waiting for an interesting reply.
Yeah, but it is often noticeably soft when you look at still HD frames. I think a lot depends on whether there's a significant amount of green in the shot, if there isn't then you won't get anywhere near the full resolution.The Z1 takes full advantage of its sensor (960x1080) and with its non-square pixels and pixel-shift, it goes to 1440x1080 without a problem.
That's rarely been a problem for me, particularly as you can use around 9db of gain with no obvious problems.The one downfall being the lens. It's dark, not enough light through.
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