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Sharp VL-Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Sharp VL-Z7U. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price and design. The usability and image quality also get good comments, but some have doubts about the battery.

portability, image quality, usability, design, price


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 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sharp VL-Z7U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sharp VL-Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and price are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the design.

portability, image quality, usability, price, size

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Digital Trends Staff (

Sharp VL-Z7U Review


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

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...

Aug, 2003

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Sharp VL-Z7U Viewcam


The Sharp VL-Z7U Viewcam is an ergonomic wonder, with a unique construction that makes shooting comfortable in any position and an LCD panel that's always crystal-clear, even in sunlight.

On our quality tests, virtually none of the shots were sharp. Under studio conditions, images looked as though a very light blur filter had been applied, which reduced artifacts but softened details. Most colors were a bit faint, and there was slight...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : anyone 13th-repeat (

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.

Oct, 2004

Consumer review (

sharp product


compact, ease of use, small battery, reasonably priced

battery to be recharged through camcorder only, no separate battery charger

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (

Very Satisfied

Dec, 2003

Consumer review (

Review: Sharp VL-Z7U

Sep, 2003

Consumer review (

Sharp VL-Z7U

Sep, 2003

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


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


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


Country Kits:United States
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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD