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Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and battery. The usability and portability also get good views, whereas there are some critical views about the memory and color.

value for money, portability, usability, battery, size

features, color, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 3 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

battery, value for money, portability, usability, image quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sharp VLZ1H Lightweight Digital Viewcam with Free-Angle Swivel Grip and 2.5" CG Silicon LCD

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Amazon.com review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, design, battery, size

value for money, features, color

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sharp VLZ1U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD

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Fix for the DEW problem

 

Great little camera when it's working.

DEW message is infuriating and Sharp is useless in helping you.

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DO NOT BUY SHARP VL-Z8 DEW PROBLEMS CAMERA CUT OUT

 

None- It does not work so cannot judge

Dew problems causing camcorder to stop working completely

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dew problems

 

Like all the other cameras

waste of money

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DEW

 

good image quality

Dew: 2 years and the die

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Piece of junk

 

We got this camcorder about 2 years ago, and within the first 5 uses, the LCD screen quit working correctly. Then we started having trouble with the 'dew' light coming on, which disables the camera from working. We thought it was because it is quite ...

None - junk from the very beginning

Pretty much everything on this camera stopped working immediately

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Be Wary of Sharp in general & DEW not buy this camera

 

DEW not buy! Tech Support tells me that they have had multiple complaints about bad dew sensors which shut the camera down. Only 5 service centers in all of USA! If you decide you want to buy, then definitely consider buying an extended warranty! I ...

Ergonomically great. Best features for the $$ a year ago

Notorious for problems with a faulty dew sensor. Limited & expensive service availability

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Sharp VL Z 1 S : The prfect entry-level camcorder

 

This is the first camcorder I have owned but I have used plenty of camcorders owned by friends and family. What attracted me to the Sharp VL-Z1S was the price. It is one of the cheapest Mini DV camcorders on the market yet still boasts a fairly high...

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Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1S: The prfect entry-level camcorder

 

This is the first camcorder I have owned but I have used plenty of camcorders owned by friends and family. What attracted me to the Sharp VL-Z1S was the price. It is one of the cheapest Mini DV camcorders on the market yet still boasts a fairly high...

price, ease of use, picture quality

not many features, no built-in memory

Product Specifications

The VL-Z1U Digital camcorder is a one-handed solution that features an integrated rotational pivot point in the center of the unit for ease-of-use and more comfort while recording. This unique body design leads to a smaller camcorder and allows total flexibility while recording. The VL-Z1U Digital camcorder incorporates CG Silicon LCD screen technology for a high-resolution image during playback and when framing subjects. CG Silicon LCD technology from Sharp is a new solution in size and resolution for high style digital applications.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:3.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (225
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Dusk / Fireworks / Party/indoor / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Sunlight

Header

Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sharp
Model:VL-Z1U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp Viewcam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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:Fade trigger
Digital Zoom:500
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia / Solarization
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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