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Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price and size. The portability and usability also get good views, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the design and portability are overall positive. The price and usability are also appreciated.

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32% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLZ5U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Slot and 8MB CardSharp VLZ5U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Slot and 8MB Card

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: PVR (shopzilla.com)

A REAL NICE VIEWCAM CAMCORDER

 

COMPACT. EXCLNT VIDEO AND SOUND. FIREWIRE. BRIGHT LCD

NO NIGHT LITE. NO HOT SHOE. NO FIREWIRE CABLE INCLUDED

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: (ciao.com)

DEW is a major issue

 

I have had a continuous problem with the DEW indicator coming on, and turning off the camera. I have tried exactly what the manual says (leave the cassette compartment open and wait for a few hours for the camera to acclimate)without any luck. In...

Nice clear photos, easy to use

DEW sensor renders the camera useless

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: adjie_streetballers (ciao.com)

Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U

 

bought this SHARP VL-Z5U camcorder two weeks ago because I wanted to replace my ten year old Sony 8mm camcorder. I saw this camcorder on display as a closeout item. The first thing that got may attention was the size and ergonomics of this camcorder....

excellent

none

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: luokun716 (ciao.com)

Affordable

 

The ranks of the twisting. Sharp said the new machines are Viewcam Z series, holding part of the host and one opened three LCD, all of you no matter how you twist any twisting to facilitate filming. ã€Key Wordsã€': TN948.41 DOIã€' ã€: cnki: ISSN...

Portability

The appearance of poor

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: qiut (ciao.com)

viewcam VL-Z5U

 

CG Silicon LCD technology from Sharp is a new solution in size and resolution for high style digital applications. I have taken about 1.5 hours video in various conditions. I am very happy with the quality of the recordings surprised. The film is very...

Easy to read LCD

No night light

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: sonjony (ciao.com)

Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U

 

This camcorder is a great buy, there is no doubt about it. All of the things stated in the previous reviews are right on the money. The experience I would like to share is that the tape gets stuck in the camera and sometimes won't pop out like it...

The camera worked fine

the ejector wouldn't work

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: yosep (ciao.com)

Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U

 

Sharp VL-Z5U models, the LCD was clear. Even in very low light conditions, this result is the quality of the video. But do not try, the pictures in complete darkness, because no NIGHTSHOT camcorder functions for inclusion in complete darkness....

good design

there is no loss

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Hedribanyu (ciao.com)

Sharp Viewcam VL-Z5U

 

bought this SHARP VL-Z5U camcorder two weeks ago because I wanted to replace my ten year old Sony 8mm cThis camcorder is a great buy, there is no doubt about it. All of the things stated in the previous reviews are right on the moneyamcorder.It can...

definitely an eye-catching piece of equipment

no Disadvantages

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: trumpetay (ciao.com)

Not blunt anymore

 

Before I have my sony camcorder, this is another camcorder i used to own. I will use them to shoot as a 2nd camera during events. This is extremely useful becaus of its compact size, you know when you are in a production, you will need to bring a...

light and easy to handle

might be too light therefore shaky

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: g099521 (epinions.com)

DO NOT BUY ANY SHARP Camcorders

 

Well, where do I start? I originally bought this camcorder through Amazon.com, which also had a $50 rebate. I was traveling when I received it and bought a camera bag and other accessories. I threw away the original box, which had the UPS symbol. ...

NONE. Known hardware failure makes it utterly USELESS, at any price

Camcorder is easily rendered USELESS, until professionally and somewhat expensively repaired

May, 2005
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Product Specifications

The VL-Z5U 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-Z5U 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. This model also includes an 8 MB SD memory card for still image capture and a remote for distance / tripod control.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sharp
Model:VL-Z5U
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

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

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
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD