has introduced its first high-definition video (HDV) production system, the HVR-Z1U camcorder and the HVR-M10U digital recorder. The company expects to ship both next February for US$4,900 and $3,700, respectively. Sony noted that the system will be compatible with Macintosh software but was unable to be more specific as MacCentral posted this article.
The HVR-Z1U is a 1080 camcorder that can record HDV, DVCAM and DV footage at 60i, 50i, 30, 25 or 24 frames per second in either standard or high definition. It features three Super HAD 1/3-inch CCDs with 16:9 native resolution, a 12X Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and Sony’s new 14-bit A/D with Digital Extended Processor (DXP). Sony has also announced that it will release new media in conjunction with the release of the HVR-Z1U: 63-minute DigitalMaster video cassettes that promise a higher signal-to-noise ratio.
The HVR-M10U is capable of playing back and recoding HDV 1080, DVCAM and DV SP, as well as playing back video recorded in 720/30P. It can also down-convert 1080 images to SD directly from the camcorder. Sony had not posted a product page for it or the new camcorder as MacCentral posted this article.