Summary: I have been using Sony cams for over 20 years now but this one is the DB's! My previous cam was it's predecessor, the domestic version of the Z1, good in itself but not in the same league as the FX1000E. Low light performance is astonishingly good, the new lens is incredible and the image resolution is simply broadcast quality. Unless you need the XLR balanced audio and DVCAM capability, don't bother with the Z5 and save some dosh.
Summary: The image quality is amazing, The colors are true and beautiful. The low light is unmatched at 1.5 lux. The Minolta G series lens is smooth focusing and sharp as can be. It's a great camera for event photography or documentary. You can add on the Sony CF Card reader and foget about shooting tape anymore or use tape as a back-up.