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Sony HVR-Z5U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and color. The image quality and usability also get good opinions, whereas many are less positive about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, color, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-Z5U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z5U from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the memory and design are on the whole positive. The durability and reliability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the size and portability, and there are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, reliability, durability, design, memory

portability, size

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z5U - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - 1.12 Mpix - optical zoom: 20 x - Mini DV (HDV)Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld CamcorderSony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Professional Camcorder with 1080/24p/30p Recording Modes, Formats; HDV, DVCAM & DV

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: indy1090 (

Great Camera. Great Price


I am currently a college student going for my video degree, and purchased this camera as an investment into my own business. This camera competes side by side with my school's 10k cameras, so it is well worth the money. The only things I don't like...

great quality, compact, light, and easy to use

limited macro focus, limited f-stop when zoomed in

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: DA Harvey (

Total Awesome...


This is a most awesome video camera. A must have for shooting video and getting top notch results. If you can afford it, get it, if not, then get a loan to buy it.

Comfortable to Operate","Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound","Simple Controls","Versatile


Nov, 2009

Consumer review by: Video 365 (

Sony knows its market!


I use the Z5 and the tapeless memory module for documentary and music video production. The ability to begin editing minutes after finishing a shoot is as FANTASTIC as the 3-CCD images that the Z5 produces. Sony did a good thing releasing the Z7's...

Comfortable to Operate,Durable,Great Features,Great Picture Quality,Great Sound,Simple Controls,Versatile


Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: Chambers (



I only wish!

This Thing is MOVIE QUALITY!!!!! dont let anyone tell u other.

i work with these at my school, and i dont own one yet....

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Incredible versatile camera


I have had this camera for over a year now and have filmed music videos, commercials, and 3 documentaries with it, some of which are on tv. You can shoot all day with the camera and use either hdd, minidv, or hdv. The quality is superb and the...

compact, good in both sunlight and studio light, good at night, tons of accessories, completely customizable, easy to us

can't change the lenses, accessories are pricey

Product Specifications

Introducing a truly amazing compact HDV camcorder from Sony. The HVR-Z5U camcorder is designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. Sony's newly designed "G Lens" is incorporated into the camcorder, boasting excellent resolution, color, and contrast for breathtaking images that rival expensive interchangeable lenses. This compact camcorder boasts Sony's 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system, utilizing the technology of Exmor, to provide excellent low-light sensitivity and making it ideal when high performance in limited light conditions is a requirement. The ergonomically designed body allows flexible shooting under any conditions, while maintaining Sony's worldwide reputation for quality and high performance. The standard features of the HVR-Z5U include 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes. Sony's new cutting-edge hybrid recording system incorporates an optional HVR-DR60 or HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit, which allows simultaneous recording on tape and non-tape media for improve NLE workflow efficiency. The hybrid recording system is also capable of simultaneous HD and SD recording. Sony is continuously developing and expanding its HDV lineup in response to professional user feedback.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F770

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.4
Max Focal Length:82mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.04Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic