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Sharp VL-NZ100S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews of Sharp VL-NZ100S. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and size. The price and usability also get good comments, but the battery and reliability get less positive reviews.

image quality, usability, price, size, portability

viewfinder, reliability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp VL-NZ100S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Sharp VL-NZ100S from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good feedback. The reliability and viewfinder get less positive views.

image quality, price, usability, size, portability

viewfinder, reliability

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLNZ100U MiniDV Compact Digital Viewcam w/3" Color LCD, MMC/SD Memory Card Slot & USB InterfaceSharp VLNZ100U MiniDV Compact Digital Viewcam w/3" Color LCD, MMC/SD Memory Card Slot & USB Interface

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Sharp VL-NZ100U Camcorder Review - PCWorld

Jul, 2002

Expert review by: Charles Fulton (

Sharp VL-NZ100U Digital Camcorder Review


If you're new to the world of making your own video, Sharp offers its new VL-NZ100U Mini DV camcorder. It has a straightforward, unintimidating design and a wide complement of automatic features to get you started making video right away. It doesn't...

Price ; On-screen shooting guides, including Rule of Thirds ; Straightforward, logical button arrangement

No S-video input/output ; No mike or headphone jacks

We really liked the built-in shooting guides, especially useful for beginners (although even experts could benefit from a reminder about the fundamentals). We especially liked the built-in Rule of Thirds shooting guide. This could help you cultivate...

Aug, 2002

Expert review by: Charles Fulton (

Sharp VL-NZ100U


Price, On-screen shooting guides, including Rule of Thirds, Straightforward, logical button arrangement

No S-video input/output, No mike or headphone jacks

Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: feliciababy (

Easy to Use - POOR Resolution


Very easy to use - easy to switch from camcorder to camera m

Resolution quality is very poor

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: Wendy (

I highly recommend this camera


Easy to use, compact size, camera & camcorder in 1

if you take a lot of pictures buy a bigger card.

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: Victor (

Unbeatable value of any DV camera for your buck.


Easy to use, multitude of functions for a low price.

Short battery life 1.5/3.0 hours.

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: ecpc1919 (

NOT BAD FOR $200.00 new at ebay!


I HAVE HAD THIS CAMERA FOR 5 MONTH. I love the small size considering I'm using a video camera plus a somewhat weak digital camera in one. I have used the camera for pictures more often than for movies. It's very convenient not to have to carry around ...

Small, still pics and video, low price

No so good still pics, specially at night

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: nate555 (

Our Public Access Show, brought to you by Sharp!


I am (and have been) filming a Public Access show here in Fort Worth, Texas and needed a good video camera. I looked around at all the professional model CCD chip cameras and decided they were WAY too much so I decided on this 'lower end' camera. ...

compact design, photo mode, ease of hookup with computer

No light, no night mode, lower quality photo mode

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: crc9998 (

Sharp or Not Sharp???


Well in the age of digital everything, we decided to go digital with our video camera. My husband has a DVD burner at work, and we thought what a great way to make our videos with so many options!

View Screen Size ; Single Hand Operation for normal taping

Poor pic quality in darkness ; No Back Light available

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: vicpetrov (

Unbeatable value of any DV camera for your buck


I wanted a new digital camcorder with I-link to PC and a still camera with a memory card in one for around $500. I could't afford SONY with all desired functions, it runs for about $700, so I looked around. I went to Circuit City. I saw it, I played...

Easy to use, multitude of functions for a low price

Short batery life 1.5/3.0 hours

Nov, 2002

Product Specifications

Developed for consumers on the go, the VL-NZ100U digital Viewcam offers a number of exciting features, in a sleek, compact design with a three-inch color LCD view screen. With Sharp's return to the two-handed Viewcam form-factor for its digital line, the company has created a line of exceptionally compact and user friendly digital camcorders. With a 20 percent overall size reduction and handy new shoulder and hand straps, it's possible to carry these camcorders almost anywhere. Each Viewcam is approximately the size of a paperback book, weighs only one pound and has both still and full motion recording capability. The VL-NZ100U digital Viewcam with digital still capture has an 8MB SD memory card included for an easy transfer to a PC and for e-mailing images easily. The 8MB SD Memory Card/Slot allows the Viewcam to operate as a digital still camera and as a camcorder. The full motion video is recorded onto a DVC tape while digital stills are stored on the supplied memory card for easy transfer to a PC. The 10x optical lens provides the best picture quality and the digital 300x zoom allows images to be captured at a distance. Digital Picture Effects allow different digital effects (B&W, Sepia, NEG) to be viewed without effecting the original recording and to give 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

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader
Digital Zoom:300
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Negative / Sepia / Solarization


Viewfinder Type: None