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Sharp VL-Z3S

Sharp VL-Z3S
alaScore 69

93 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews of Sharp VL-Z3S. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and portability. The image quality and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, image quality, portability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp VL-Z3S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sharp VL-Z3S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Sharp VL-Z3S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the reliability and portability are generally positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, image quality, portability, reliability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLZ3U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Memory SlotSharp VLZ3U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Memory Slot

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (shopzilla.com)

It is nice, but

 
Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: direct (shopzilla.com)

Basic camera with some umph...

 

small, easy to use

stablizer not very good, features cause problems

Oct, 2004

Consumer review by: shirleyb123 (pricegrabber.com)

Sharp MiniDV Digital ViewCam

 

I LOVE my camera.

Size, fits hands nicely so it is easy to use, quality of film, size of screen, ability to rotate screen, & good sound capture except as noted below.

Wind noise is hard to eliminate. Batteries are pricy but that is true of all camera batteries. I bought extra batteries so I am always ready. I can carry it in a "ready to aim & shoot" mode. The sti

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: jwang68 (pricegrabber.com)

VL-Z3U

 

This camera is very small and lightweight.

NA

NA

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: ataplow (epinions.com)

Sharp VLZ3U - a fix for the DEW Indicator Problem

 

This is such a dandy little instrument when it's working properly. Be cautious though, the camera has a DEW Indicator which shuts the camera down completely if there is excess moisture present in the mechanism. Only one problem, there is a defect in...

A real neat camera for the money. Great features & versatile

Expect you may eventually have problems with DEW Indicator. Be handy with Soldering

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: seronac (epinions.com)

A good camera. Not bad, but inform yourself.

 

I bought this DV camera over a year ago and it is still going strong. Check out the specs if you want all that information; make sure you are informed about what's out there and what you really want/need. As with any purchase, your best protection from...

Good video quality, easy to use, small

Still camera quality is poor. Batteries don't remain charged and ready

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: zlmajors (epinions.com)

Actually a overall nice camcorder for this price range.

 

So your thinking about buying a mini-dv camcorder are you? Well I was there too, my daughter is comming up on one year of age and I wanted to have a camcorder small enough to pull it out and use a lot more than our clunky oversized 8mm. How it worked ...

Small size, Mini-DV, excellent design, swivel design, good picture quality in good lighting, price

Poor picture quality in bad lighting, hard to use light modes, horrible still photo function

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: forrestc (pricegrabber.com)

Sharp VL-Z3U MiniDV Digital ViewCam Camcorder

 

I've only had my camera for a short time so I can't speak to any long-term durability or a lot of the features, but initially this seems to be a fairly decent camera for the money.

Small, Inexpensive, Seems to work well

Low light performance could be better.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: maarkkushere (pricegrabber.com)

Sharp VL-Z3U MiniDV Digital ViewCam Camcorder

 

No major complaints yet.

This camera is very small and lightweight. I have found it easy to use. It has analog input so you can transfer older video.

Low light recording in Auto mode is less than desireable.

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: jaygolf (epinions.com)

good for video VERY bad for photos

 

I have an old 1.3 mp camera and it takes pictures 500% better than this thing does, at highest res I ...

good video capture quality

almost non existent photo capture quality

Aug, 2003
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Product Specifications

The VL-Z3U 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-Z3U 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 a memory card slot for still image capture and a USB port for easy transfer of stills to a PC.

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

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-Z3U
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:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic