August 18, 2017 at 4:03PM


thoughts on the sony HVR Z1E

I was thinking of picking up a HVR-Z1E, the camera is quite old and uses mini-dv as the storage format, I was looking at it due to the amount of controls, decent lens and the fact that that I then wouldn't need an external recorder, apart from the fact that tape transfer takes a long time and requires firewire (I could easily install a firewire card into my PC) can anybody think of downsides to this camera/other options that would be better at a low price point (£200-£500)


Yeah, mini dv is a pain in the ass. I would never go back to dealing those. (I mean I do now but that's because I handle archival video material.) But I would never willingly shoot on mini dv.

Here's a list of some in your price range.

The Sony a5100 is a pretty decent camera. If you're looking for some 4k I would say the Panasonic G7 is your guy.

August 18, 2017 at 4:49PM


are there any other big problems apart from the transfer time? my problem is that I want those xlr inputs but slightly newer cameras start using cf and p2 cards which make the memory itself expensive compared to tape
what would be your thoughts on a camera like this, worth the extra outlay? im guessing controls would be sacrificed as it is more compact?

August 18, 2017 at 6:11PM


You should look into getting a Canon C100 mark i.

That should suit everything you need. It's going to be a little bit more expensive but you can get a solid deal on one on ebay.

August 31, 2017 at 11:23AM


No, there aren't any other problems than the transfer time and the fact that recording heads can become dirty. Now, I'm not proud of this, but a couple years ago I was able to fool people into thinking that footage from an old Canon XH-A1 was out of a Black Magic Cinema Camera. If you could put your hands on a decent one from $ 500 you would be amazed how the color science of that cam, and how it reacts in Resolve today. YEs, people were furious of my test and I was banned from a forum. But the point is, people couldn't tell the footage apart from a GH4, a BMCC and the Canon. When I switched the label between the Canon and the BMCC everybody agreed the Canon looked better. When I revealed the trick, oh boy! What have I done, was my first reaction.

August 21, 2017 at 5:49AM, Edited August 21, 5:49AM


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