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This camera is a very good bargain for professionals and semi-professionals in the film industry. My production company has been using them for the past year. It is easy to use, light, sturdy, and reacts better to light than its Panasonic competitor. You will have iris and shutter speed functions, gain, automatic and manual focus, two audio channels, a built in microphone for basic sound demands, and a powerful zoom. It works with mini-dv and dvcam tapes, but I would suggest using the Sony HD brand which is suggested by Sony. This camera may be a bit confusing for those who do not have much experience, but once one reads the manual, its functions are quite straightforward. The image quality is stunning- the best one can obtain with a camera of this price. Overall, I think it is a good bargain and for professionals shooting in HD, this camera is an industry standard. I entirely recommend it.
With a unique camcorder body design and a multitude of camera features, the HVR-Z1E offers maximum operability in the field, as well as opening up a range of opportunities for creative shooting. Offered at a price comparable to Sony DVCAM camcorders, the HVR-Z1E paves the way for cost-effective but uncompromising HD program production.