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Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and build quality. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the zoom and value for money.

portability, usability, image quality, build quality, design

value for money, zoom

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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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...

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Not a review but a comment.


I don't understand the reviewer's comment about SLR lenses covering only a 4x3 field. Their field is much larger for even the APS formatted lenses than the 1/3-inch sensors of the 150, regardless of the aspect ratio. Moreover, all lenses I am familiar...

Low-cost solid-state storage. Reportedly has very good imaging

Uncertain what format is being recorded - I think HDV only supports 1440 pixels per line at 1080i

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Amazon review summary for Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from 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

portability, usability

value for money

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

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


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A great device


I love this unit

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...



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1) I bought a digital camera experience: 1, must invoice, the invoice can take part in Endcan certainly take part in theare licensed (dare to give him on the invoice to prove you are licensed for sure) Also, it is necessary to note that some businesses...

This camera is for the best reporters products, because it is compact

However, a small display screen ah this is a disadvantage

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 Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
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/1.6-2.0
Max Focal Length:52.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

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

Pro Camcorder Features


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 Type:Electronic