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Old December 28th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #46
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doubt?

Ken no doubt yet Ill find out over the next week or two.

I like the picture although havent tested it in all conditions. I like the settings and flexibility. The low light quality is good, my only doubt is rolling shutter issues which as yet I have not had but When I use it underwater Ill know more as it will effectively be under a constant variable rate pan which if its going to be bad will show up!
I have seen the EX1 under waer though and Its very good so I am not expecting any difference.

I like its balance, control other than buttons too small and menu wheel far too fidly and as with my original comments it looks acts and feels good. Ill only tak eit back if its unusable in bright sun on boats with the engine running or underwater... We shall see. If these are fine Ill keep it forever!
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Old December 28th, 2008, 05:58 PM   #47
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Its not as slick as canon and maybe the sharpness overall isnt quite as sparkly but if you bump it up a bit its good. like th canon out of the box its not quite as good and Im waiting for people to start sharing their profiles!
Ah, OK, I thought you had said it was actually sharper than the A1. Perhaps by bumping up the sharpness in the Z5 picture profile it achieves the same level as the A1?

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Old December 28th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #48
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I like its balance, control other than buttons too small and menu wheel far too fiddly
Robin, one thing I have figured out with the menu scroll wheel, if you turn your figure sideways and with the right amount of pressure, I have actually learned to maneuver it pretty well.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 02:47 AM   #49
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My issue is I use DVCAM for capture for SD as for HD if you capture in HDV it compresses th ehell out of it to fit a tape then down converts. If you capture DVCAM or DV it compresses less to fit on the same tape so as with the BBC you get less artifacts.
I too shoot in the DV mode on the Z1 where I know I'll never need HDV footage. My DSR-11 can handle all the computer feeds, too. But the Z1 and Z5 always downconvert, whatever you do. If you select to film in DVCAM (or SP) then the down-conversion takes place between the 1440 x 1080 chips and the tape. If you film in HDV and output DV then of course the camera downconverts to feed the signal out via Firewire.

To Ken and Robin - 2 weeks ago I shot almost the entire ('romantically lit') winter wedding at +18dB gain up on the Z1. OK, the camera trades grain for sharpness but it's a fair deal in my view, making the Z1 a very capable camera in low light.

Just this morning I've had individual emails in from the bride and groom, both absolutely delighted and bowled over with the film. Interestingly the groom picked up on technical things (sync between music and band players, changing audio levels as I shot the venue from outside - that sort of thing) but never once mentioned the grain.

It was pretty obvious to me, but then I'm used to seeing what the Z1 can do in good light. This particular wedding was all shot after sunset so the couple have not had the chance to A/B test the Z1 at 0 and +18 dB gain.

Gives me renewed faith that future couples won't notice - or mind - the nasty CMOS handling of electronic flash.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #50
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transreflective screen on the z1.... I think.

transreflective screen on the z1.... I think. It is like on some of the tablet computers. Even though sun is beming directly on them you can see image. MAGIC!


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The Z7 (and now the Z5) might well have higher resolution multi-coated (and slightly smaller) screens than the Z1, but have you seen a Z1 and a Z7 side-by side under direct sunlight?

The Z1 wins by a mile, and that's simply because the image is visible. Ah, but we do a natty magnetic-catch screen Hoodman for the Z7 sir, the salesman informed me. That's as maybe, but in my run 'n' gun work any more fiddling about with clip-on this and that is time I'm not running and gunning.

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Old December 31st, 2008, 01:03 AM   #51
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I think the Z5/7 will render the V1 obsolete, bigger cmos chips, better lens on 5 why would sony even continue v1
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Old December 31st, 2008, 06:15 AM   #52
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why would sony even continue v1
Because that's what Sony do so well - they identify a niche market, then work hard to sub-divide the niche. They want the customer to take home one brochure and be able to find a camera in there that comes in at their very own price point.

You might as well ask why don't Sony discontinue the HC9, A1, HD1000, V1, Z5, Z7 or EX1. They're out to gather us all in Hugh - in the way that Canon, JVC and Panasonic (to take but 3 others) aren't.

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Old December 31st, 2008, 06:18 AM   #53
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transreflective screen on the z1. Even though sun is beming directly on them you can see image. MAGIC!
I could never really understand why the Z1 had a dedicated top-screen backlight switch. Not until I was outside under direct sunlight, that it. Under those conditions you can switch the baclkight on or off - it makes no difference to the screen image.

Does the Z5 or Z7 have this feature?

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Old December 31st, 2008, 06:48 AM   #54
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Hi Robin. Your name is familiar somehow, and I see you also live in Worcestershire!

Glad to hear you like the Z5. I too think that the rolling shutter issue is overplayed with many of the so-called issues being down to other factors in the majority of cases. When I tested the Z5 I was shooting footage of a mountain bike race and didn't notice anything untoward. I was quite impressed with it, though I wish that Sony would have included the CF recorder like they have with the Z7.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 09:26 AM   #55
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I could never really understand why the Z1 had a dedicated top-screen backlight switch. Not until I was outside under direct sunlight, that it. Under those conditions you can switch the baclkight on or off - it makes no difference to the screen image.

Does the Z5 or Z7 have this feature?

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Tom, the Z5/FX1000 have both adjustable backlight capability in increments and a 'high/low' switch for bright conditions.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 02:40 PM   #56
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Bring on the TRV900 HD

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Bring on the TRV900 HD!

My trusty old TRV900 stills sits in my camera kit ready to go. The perfect (almost) back up.

Its onto its 3rd set of heads, 3rd zoom rocker, 2nd firewire port, a new lens inserted as the other had a scratch, a replaced CCD set up as the other one had that inheriant "green tinge" that some batches of the 900 had!

Also headphones output and RCA composite does not work. Other than that it still records fine and the mini Jack mic input works.

mmmm maybe not the best back up cam afterall but the pics are fine and here it is in full action only 2 months ago on a day my Panasonic DVC62 had an issue http://dufftv.com.au/?p=186

Yuk 4:3 though!
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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:06 AM   #57
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Z5 testing

Well I took it away and have 12 tapes to look through.

I really like the ergonomics and functions plus there are some really good results I woudl use for ENG use but one thing is now nagging me.

The signal to noise ratio!!

Compared to underwater footage and surface footage in good sunlight from my PDX 10P the Z5 seems to have high noise levels in the shadows and average lighting conditions.

On a TV you dont really notice it but on the computer with test footage at gain settings of -3, 0, 3, 6 and 9dB I seem to get shimering worms on gloss black finishes of the canons around the castle which I dont get on the PDX10. Also any contrasting scenes the darker areas are noisy.
Its very clean don't get me wrong but I'm wondering if it could be better.
I want to look at video on a vector video analyser/scope and see what the levels are.
I would assume that in sunny conditions with gain at -3 or plus 3 it would be not noticeable.
I am using it for SD DVCAM output which would be my standard output for media. So maybe the down convertion is not up to scratch or the its compression artifacts.

I dont have it in all examples so it could be settings and I have found I can reduce it in the picture profile detail cripsness sharpening settings.


Other than this I love the camera. Its on par with the XH canons with plenty of scope for playing with settings, plenty of options good ergonomics and nice results. Its not as good as I had hoped in low light althoguh better than the competition and Im working on looking at the resulting pictures, film over the next week and maybe post some results somewhere. I have tried it in sunlight, overcast, stormy, night time, dusk and artificial lighting indoors, outdoors near the sea, on sand, rock, forests and marsh and have a lot to look at.
I have not looked at the HD footage yet.

Simon W, Yes I live in Malvern and went to School locally. I have emailed you once or twice. I work locally but are moving down south shortly unless I can find something good to do here. I submit film to news or other people occasionally and make the papers a lot with engineering or underwater stuff.

Anyone else have an opinion of the noise levels or the Z5 let me know. Looking at the EX1 this seems to have visible noise too but I have only played for 2 hours.

Saying this its all very useable and there are some big improvements over the Z1 but not what Im used to from the cheaper out of production PDXs or PD170s or shoulder mounts but the latter is to be expected!

A final comment, I have experienced no rolling shutter artifacts or effects what so ever during a week of testing for 4 hours every day. No noticeable Jello, skew or exposure artifacts. I think this is very good. Im sure most cases are of older cameras on cheap tripods or extreme conditions and its over stated. Filming on a boat in most conditions and in force 8 winds shaking the tripod showed no effects! I even tracked birds off the cliffs with wonderful effects.
The only issue I expected to have and did was trying to match shutter speed with aircraft propellers which if I got close they showed up bent but thats to be expected and I dont normally match prop speeds and multiples of their strobe resonance anyway. Its better to film the rotor discs with blur than a fixed strobed prop.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:14 AM   #58
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Robin, I'm wondering if that noise is more a function of your LCD computer monitor. I often see noise on my LCDs that's simply not there when the same footage is displayed on a Pioneer 60" Kuro plasma. If there was really noise, it would surely show up on a 60" plasma.

I think LCDs, especially when they're not the native resolution of your footage, introduce their own noise levels.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:27 AM   #59
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Simon W, Yes I live in Malvern and went to School locally. I have emailed you once or twice.
Ahh yes, now I remember. You design remotely operated subs and were involved in radar systems.

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Anyone else have an opinion of the noise levels or the Z5 let me know. Looking at the EX1 this seems to have visible noise too but I have only played for 2 hours.
It seems to be the case with most HD cameras. One thing you could do is lower the master black level slightly. The Z5 has quite a few adjustments for such things. It won't get rid of the noise, but it will not be as visible in the blacks.

You could also lower the detail level slightly too since the camera comes set too highly out of the box. Don't forget also that the Z5 is capable of going to -6db gain. You will find though that HD cameras do not have as good a S/N ratio as SD cameras.

If you like we could meet up and I could take a look at it.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #60
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I have reduced the detail to 0 which helps and tried to calibrate it more in line with PDxx cameras.

I have made minor tweaks to one of the black levels but not much as I am unsure yet how much to go before I affect other settings.

Its a shame that there are not more SD cameras available to use underwater in this time of in between standards.

Id use a FW700 or 900 underwater if I needed HD and could afford th ehousing but unfortunately that's life. they dont make housings for DSR 2xx/4xx/5xx cameras

The PDXs although small are not great in low light and the PD170s are poor at widescreen. Its almost like they jumped too early and missed a step. I only wanted a widescreen pd170 and I would have been happy for about 8 years!

Its unfortunate I dont work in the industry full time or Id shell out on more kit but I just report on our findings. And test kit at work.

I wouldnt mind meeting up and having a chat about stuff its always good to make contacts and discuss. Im branching into making things now and working on archives for a few museums but my knowledge of production isnt like understanding and using kit! Underwater I just film what we are doing or what Im told to film.

I met up with a Norwegian film crew filming football for TV2 last week and they dont use HD at all in Norway but were filming everything on XDCAM EX1 or PDW series XDCAM shoulder cams. Funny if its only meant for SD. Its a lot more time and hassle than is needed.

Still pleased with it.
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