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Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and build quality. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. The zoom and value for money get critical opinions.

portability, usability, image quality, durability, design

price, 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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 3 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, usability

value for money

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z7ESony HVR-Z 7 TRAD. CAMCORDER-1080 pixelsSony HVR-Z 7 E Profi, HVRZ7E

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

 

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

portability, usability

value for money

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Professional Video CamcorderSony HVR-Z7E (HVRZ7E, HVRZ7, HVR-Z7) handheld HDV 1080i camcorder with interchangeable 1/3inch zeiss lens (Includes MRC-1K memory recorder)

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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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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.

Recommended!

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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...

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Sony HVR-Z7E review

 

'This model was reviewed as part of our group test of HD camcorders . Sony\x92s HVR-Z1E has become a classic, and is now the standard tool of the independent videographer \x96 so the HVR-Z7E has a lot to live up to. But this is more than an upgrade....

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

No separate power input

Best Buy!

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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

Red dot design award!

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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...

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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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A great device

 

I love this unit

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HVR Z7U

 

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

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Weight:5.3lbs

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HVR-Z7U
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

Professional:Professional

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

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