The Sony HVR-Z7U is a 3-CMOS 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p HDV handheld camcorder featuring a lens mount. It comes with a 12x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens. Previously unheard of for such a compact unit, the HVR-Z7U incorporates the convenience of a handheld camcorder with the flexibility of larger ENG cameras. The camera can record directly to compact flash cards via the camera's supplied memory recording unit. Combined with Sony's entire family of HDV products, the HVR-Z7U is a great camcorder for almost any production, including documentaries, news, low-budget movies, music videos, and industrials.