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Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the reliability and zoom. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the color and price.

size, usability, portability, zoom, reliability

price, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the portability and durability are generally positive. The zoom and usability also get good reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Some have doubts about the price.

size, usability, zoom, durability, portability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z 7 E Profi, HVRZ7ESony HVR-Z 7 E Profi, HVRZ7E

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and durability. The zoom and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability. The color and price get less positive views.

size, usability, zoom, durability, portability

price, color

45% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Professional Video CamcorderSony HVR-Z7U HDV Professional Video Camcorder

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Andy Yardy (

Sony HVR-Z7U


When DV and DVCam technology was first introduced to the market, I was one of the first to adopt it. As a freelance shooter and editor, it opened a whole new world of work for me. I could do productions that before were impossible. So when HDV cameras...

Chosen to be Microfilmmaker Magazine's lead camera analyst and reviewer due to his expertise in camerawork, Andy Yardy has over 10 years experience shooting documentaries in the most remote portions of the globe. Based out of LA, he creates films under...

Feb, 2009


Expert review by : James Morris (

Sony HVR-Z7E Camcorder


Occasionally we like to take a look at what the pros are using and Sony's HVR-Z7E camcorder undoubtedly ranks among the best.

The lofty price of the HVR-Z7E will put it out of the reach of all but the most serious videomakers. Corporate and events cameramen will long for it, but may struggle to justify the expense. Nevertheless, it points the way forward for professional...

Mar, 2008

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))

HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder


The HVR-Z7 is a technically sophisticated video camera with bayonet mount for interchangeable lenses. The grip is slanted on the lens' block side so as to obtain an optimum grip and weight balance while operating the camera. Tilted placement of the...

Best Buy!

Expert review by : James Morris (

Sony HVR-Z7E


Sony's HVR-Z1E has become a classic, and is now the standard tool of the independent videographer - so the HVR-Z7E has a lot to live up to.

Excellent lens bundled. CompactFlash recording as well as tape. Great low-light performance. Top-notch overall image quality.

No separate power input.

The Sony HVR-Z7E is a successor to the HVR-Z1E's crown. But the lens flexibility is attractive, and the Compact Flash recording system is a workflow champ. It's not cheap, but should be your first choice if you can afford it

Apr, 2008

Consumer review (

A great device


I love this unit

Jul, 2009

Consumer review (



After using this camera for a month and comparing it to the HVR V1U, for event work, I totally recommend its use.

Great sensitivity, CF card capable with HDV/DV tape archive possible

button layout not perfect

Consumer review (

Sony HVR-Z7


The newly announced Sony HVR-Z7 looked like a really great camera to begin with. It is designed to compete with the likes of the XLH1, and as such it has interchangeable lenses, which is something users of this level of camera from Sony have been...

Recording Format Mini DV (HDV

Screen, adopts high brightness [3.5 inch LCD

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (

Sony HVR-Z7 introduction


the sony first section replaces lens' hdv hand-held camera: hvr-z7 (might apply mechanically all "Alpha" is draws up a memo counter-lens) to match the la-100w eye splice (in May, 2008 going on the market) sony to issue today served under somebody's...

Very practical

Too cheap

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (

Z7C nor your SONY professional machine full big promotion


On the exterior, SONY Z7C still choose black as mass-tone, body measurements are 439 * * 199 176. SONY Z7C using three slices of 1/3 inches of Exmor fusion technology ClearVid CMOS image editor, 112 million pixels, the pixel, Carl CaiSi 107 million...

CaiSi by Karl Sonnar T lens, Vario 12 times the optical zoom and optical super FangDou system

Screen, adopts high brightness [3.5 inch LCD

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (

Sony HVR-Z7


The Sony HVR-Z7 is a breakthrough HDV camera in that it offers interchangeable lenses on a small body size, bumping up the potential to achieve great quality images. There are other HDV models which offer interchangeable lenses such as the JVC...



Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

The HVR-Z7U HDV camcorder delivers the enhanced functionality professionals have been waiting for: an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording. The HVR-Z7U is the world's first HDV handheld camcorder that uses 1/3-inch bayonet joint interchangeable lenses.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Capacity:15.8
Battery capacity (Watt hours):15.8
Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery performance:2200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-F570
Battery voltage:7.2
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570
Number of batteries supported:1

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1.5
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:3.2
Display Resolution:921600 x 921600

Display (Projector)

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


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1.037
Optical sensor size:1 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1.12

Lens System

Filter size:2.83
Focal length range (f-f):0.173 - 18.7 / 1.56 - 18.7
Image Stabilizer: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.0
Max Focal Length:52.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.037Mpix
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

Other Features

AC adapter output voltage:8.4
Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):6.8
Power Requirements:DC 7.2 V, DC 8.4 V

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AV, Component
Handheld remote control: Yes
Lens hood: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
XLR in: Yes

Pro Camcorder Features



Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/10000


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:CF
Disc types supported: No


Supported video modes:1080i, 576i

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.44 / 0.45
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Manual