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Sharp VL-Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and design are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative comments about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp VL-Z7U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Sharp VL-Z7U Viewcam

 

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Sharp VL-Z7U Review

 

With adequate lighting, colors were rendered accurately and with very good contrast.

Good digital video quality

Digital Still Camera picture quality is poor

The VL-Z7U is a very interesting digital camcorder. The video quality under most circumstances is quite good, the LCD is clear in daylight as well as with the backlight on for indoor use. However, the overall perception is compromised by the execution...

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Test Bench: Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder

 

A no-nonsense point-and-shoot camcorder for casual shooters.

Easy to use and hold ; Excellent Macro functionality ; Great digital still performance ; Flash

Manual focus, Battery options

A no-nonsense point-and-shoot camcorder for casual shooters.

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Sharp VL-Z7U

 

This is a very comfortable and lightweight cam, it has a very nice swivel body so that you can have your hand at a much more natural position. It has pretty nice digital quality and probally moderate still capture. The menu is a little tricky to...

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Sharp VL-Z7U

 

DEW” not buy this camera!

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Terrific video camera for the money

 

Excellent video quality, easy to use, and compact

The manual is not clear, digital photo feature is not great

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Great palmcorder

 

Very lighweight & versatile palmcorder!

Had to buy extra battery. Isn't that a good idea anyways??

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Big Features In A Small Format

 

Full featured, high quality video in a very small camera

Wish it had a higher optical zoom

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Good desigh on the body, easy to take all kind the angle.

 

Good Video quality, clear SG display, light wight.

Battery last only about 50 minute

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Amazon review summary for Sharp VL-Z7U

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sharp VL-Z7U from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sharp VLZ7U MiniDV CCD Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Slot and 8MB Card

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Product Specifications

The VL-Z7U 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-Z7U 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 1.33 Mega Pixel CCD and a flash with red eye reduction for XGA Still image capture, a zoom microphone terminal for recording audio at a distance with an optional microphone (VR-8MCN), and an earphone jack for monitoring audio as it is being recorded.

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

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.1in
Height:3.4in
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

Header

Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sharp
Model:VL-Z7U
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:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.33Mpix
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
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
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