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Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ50H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ50H. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the viewfinder and zoom.

image quality, price, usability, design, size

portability, battery, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ50H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ50H from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the durability and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the portability.

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58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLNZ50U MiniDV Compact Digital Viewcam with 3" Color LCD ScreenSharp VLNZ50U MiniDV Compact Digital Viewcam with 3" Color LCD Screen

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: vaddac (

Good entry level camera, works fine


Excellent entry level, hooks up to MAC and PC easily

small battery lasts only a few hours

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: culeylm (

Keep researching



batteries will not hold charge

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: Mike C (

sharp nz50u heres the real scoop



too many to list - read review

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: pozzi (

Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ50U Mini DV Digital Camcorder - (Camcorders)

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: johnbia (

nice try


I bought this sharp for 299 us. This was a great deal I thought. After all it is digital. My sony 8mm takes better videos and it's 11 years old. The first one i picked up had a spot on the videos that was inside the camcorder. They gave me a new one...

very cheap

terrible video noise and crawl

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: johnnywinter (

The Sharp VL-NZ50... A marvelous work of technology...


Hello again, moderately long time no see... I've got a review for you all today, about the Sharp ViewCam VL-NZ50 Digital Camcorder. I recently recieved this camera as gift from the holidays, and it led me to great things. Let's start off with the ...

Intense Zoom, Quality Capture, Good Playback, can Hook up to the PC

Maybe a little too much zoom? Unless you are sightseeing

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: tommynawrocki (

A good deal considering the price.


I was waiting to get a mini DV camera that would work with my limited budget, and the Sharp Viewcam fit the bill. I paid $299.00 at Walmart and I believe I got a great camera at this price. I used the camera for the first time at my sisters wedding in...

Cool looking design, great image quality, light and quiet

No protection for the LCD, limited optical zoom

May, 2003

Consumer review by: jwbailey (

Sharp Viewcam VL-NZ100 Mini DV


I bought this unit after fussing with several more expensive units that did not seem to offer good value for the money. I fully expected not to like stepping down to this model after using mid-priced Panasonic and Sony models for several weeks. But,...

Better than expected results in low light, quiet, 3" screen, easy to use, good value

No viewfinder, accessory shoe, or analog inputs ; minimal features due to low price

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: TrevorM (

Good Idea ... In Theory


The Sharp NZ-50 is pretty cool. I got it from Circuit City with the intention of abusing their no-questions-asked return policy so I could get familiar with the DV format.

Small camera, big screen, swivel design is cool

No tripod use with battery, no way to protect screen on back, motor noise

Dec, 2002

Product Specifications

The VL-NZ50 is a perfect entry-level digital camcorder with an iLink PC interface and full on-screen information. The on-screen displays for battery level and amount of tape remaining allow the operator to devote full attention to filming without the distraction of monitoring battery strength and time remaining on the tape. The 10x optical lens provides the best picture quality and the digital 300x zoom allows images to be captured at distance. Digital Image Stabilization compensates for image shake when a tripod is not used improving the quality of the video. I-Link digital port serves to transfer full motion video and sound to a PC equipped with an I-Link port for video editing on a PC. The built-in speaker allows on-the-spot playback with sound for checking and for viewing video footage anywhere. Both gain up and backlight compensation correct the exposure in poor lighting conditions to easily capture the best picture possible. An on screen recording guide helps the user line-up landscape footage and can be used as a guide for the safe zone or center of lens for easy framing of subject matter. Digital Picture Effects allow different digital effects (B&W, Sepia, NEG) to be viewed without affecting the original recording and to your video a custom edited look.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):90min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Dusk / Party/indoor / Sports mode / Sunlight


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp Viewcam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:White fader
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Monotone / Negative / Sepia / Solarization