I am on the cusp of purchasing a new HDV camera. I know most people recommend the HVX200, but the P2 cards are out of the question for my needs.
I am torn between the Sony Z1U and the JVC HD100U. Overall, I really like the features of the JVC, but I am concerned about it being 720 instead of 1080. Is this a big enough issue for me to be concerned with? Also I don't think the JVC can downconvert on the fly to SD like the Sony can. Also to take into consideration is which camera is more compatible with a PC Adobe Production Suite system?
Right now, I have a VX2000 as my primary camera. I would think that my comfort level would be higher with the Z1U, as I am sure it's more similar to the VX2000 than the JVC. Obviously the JVC is a shoulder-mounted camera, which is a big difference.
Basically, what do you people recommend between these two cameras? The Sony Z1U, or the JVC HD100U?
I don't know if you have made your camera purchase or not. If you haven't, Sony has some new models coming out, so if you can wait, it may be to your advantage.
If the purchase cannot wait, I would stongly consider the Z1. I was considering both cameras for about a year. I had been shooting with the Sony DSR-250 and liked the idea of the JVC being a shoulder mount camera. I tried out the JVC at a couple of trade shows and really liked the feel of it and especially the real lens.
I decided to go with the Z1s because I could not ask my wife to shoot with the JVC. It's just too big.
We bought two Z1s in April and really like them. In July my decision was confirmed. We had a videographer come to our workshop with the JVC. It was my first chance to spend some time with the camera in real world settings.
He had the stock lens and while it does have a nice zoom range, it is very limited in the wide range. The lens is so lacking at the wide range that it made it very hard to getting some of the moving shots I like to do. You could add a wide angle adapter, but it would be very expensive for a lens like that.
The camera was also weak in low light shooting. While the Z1 is not as good as the VX2000, it is better than the JVC.
On the other hand, I know a guy in Philly that shoots wedding with the JVC and really likes it. It just goes to show, it's not all about what gear you use, but the skills of the person behind the gear.