Sony HDV HVR-Z1 Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
The HVR-Z1E incorporates three 1/3-inch type 1080i HD CCDs, each with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a total pixel number of 1.12 M (1,012 x 1,111) and an effective pixel number of 1.07 M (972 x 1,100). The combined 3CCD system achieves a resolution of 1,440 x 1,080 by adopting the precise spatial offset technology and interlace scanning system.
The HVR-Z1E incorporates a high-integrity 14-bit HD DXP (Digital eXtended Processor), which features a 14-bit A/D converter and advanced camera processing. This 14-bit HD DXP can process the high-quality images captured by the 1080i HD CCDs with greater precision than conventional 10-bit A/D LSIs. In particular, this higher bit resolution allows the contrast to be reproduced more faithfully in mid-tone areas of the picture. The 14-bit HD DXP also enables highly sophisticated image controls, such as Cinematone Gamma, and Colour Correction functions.
The HVR-Z1E is equipped with a new Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* High Definition lens with a 12x zoom function. Its fully coated glass is the same as used on Carl Zeiss prime lenses, producing sharp, high-contrast images, with virtually no chromatic aberration. This lens is designed with a wide viewing angle and a focal length ranging from 32.5 mm to 390 mm in 16:9 mode2 and from 40 mm to 480 mm in 4:3 mode2, thanks to a large filter diameter of 72 mm.