Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder

Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Interchangeable Lens Capability
  • miniDV Cassette
  • 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • 1080i
  • 24p
  • HDMI Output
  • Dual XLR Audio
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Sony HVR-Z7U Overview

  • 1Description

The Sony HVR-Z7U is an HDV handheld camcorder featuring a lens mount. Previously unheard of for such a compact unit, the HVR-Z7U incorporates the convenience of a handheld camcorder with the flexibility of larger ENG cameras.

The camera can also record directly to compact flash cards, via the camera's supplied memory recording unit. Combined with Sony's entire family of HDV products, the HVR-Z7U is a great camcorder for almost any production, including documentaries, news, low-budget movies, music videos, and industrials.

Interchangeable Lenses
Users get the best of both worlds with this innovative camcorder. The HVR-Z7U's unique design is the first of its kind; a handheld camera with the interchangeable lens capability. Whether you are filming a movie or shooting a documentary, the HVR-Z7U has it covered.
ClearVID 3CMOS Technology
Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals.
Record to Compact Flash
The camera comes with an attachable recording unit, allowing users to record HDV and DV to CompactFlash cards. With cards getting larger and larger in capacity, the ability to take advantage of tapeless workflow while still using cheap media is a welcome addition.
High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV
The HDV format, used in the HVR-Z7U allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs and satellite television.
24p Capability
In 24p mode, images from the CMOS can be 2:3 pulldown-converted and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i HDV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary HDV system. True 24p editing can be achieved by uploading 2:3 pulldown-converted images via an i.LINK FireWire interface to a compatible non-linear editing system. The resultant images resemble the visual motion of film!
HDMI Output
Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video signals. Sony has upped the ante by incorporating this into the already extensive array of video output choices on the HVR-Z7U. Connect the camera to any HDTV via this interface and view all your footage the way it was meant to be seen: purely digital!
In the Box
Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder
  • AC-VQ1050 Adapter/Charger
  • NP-F570 infoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Lens Hood with Cover
  • Shoe Adapter
  • Shoe Kit
  • Eye Cup
  • RMT-831 Wireless Remote Commander
  • ECM-XM1 Monaural Electolet Condenser Microphone
  • Operating Instructions
  • Printed Operating Instructions
  • HVR-MRC1 Memory Recording Unit Kit
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony HVR-Z7U Specs

    Signal System HDV: 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p
    DVCAM/DV: 480/60i (NTSC)
    Image Device 1/3" 3CMOS Exmor Sensor system
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 12x (Optical)
    f = 4.4-52.8mm
    f = 32-384mm at 16:9 mode
    f = 39.5-47.4mm (4:3 mode)
    filter diameter: 72mm

    1/3" Lenses from Fujinon and Canon Available
    2/3" and 1/2" Can be Used by Adding a Standard Lens Adapter.

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 1.5 lux (Auto Gain, Auto Iris, 1/30 Shutter)
    Vertical Smear Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    LCD Monitor 3.2", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 1 MegaPixel Xtrafine LCD
    Viewfinder 0.45", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 852 x 480 Resolution
    Scan Matching Yes
    Memory Card Slot MemoryStick Duo Media
    Shutter Speed Range Auto: 1/60-1/2000

    60i/30p: 1/4-1/10000
    24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
    Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB
    Tape Format HDV Record and Play
    DVCAM Record and Play
    DV Record and Play
    Tape Speed HDV: 18.8mm/s
    DVCAM: 28.2mm/s
    DV SP Mode: 18.8mm/s
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time HDV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
    DVCAM: 41 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
    DV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format HDV
    MPEG1 Audio Layer II
    16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
    12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Composite: 10-Pin Video/Audio (x1 Output)
    Component: Special Connector (x1 Output)
    HDMI (x1 Output)
    FireWire/i.LINK: 6-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    XLR Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female, 2-Channel
    Headphone: Stereo Mini-Jack
    LANC: 2.5mm Mini-mini Jack
    Power Requirements Battery Pack: 7.2VDC
    AC Adapter: 8.4VDC
    Power Consumption HDV: 7.2W
    DVCAM/DV: 6.9W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 7.8 x 17.3" (17.6 x 19.9 x 43.9 cm)
    Weight 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.4 x 15.6 x 10.7"

    Sony HVR-Z7U Reviews

    HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 79.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent HD Camera So far I am very pleased with this unit. I bought the HVR-Z7U to replace my aging Canon XL1s. The SD picture quality outshines that of my old camera, and the HD picture quality is outstanding. One particular feature I like is being able to record on CompactFlash and tape stock at the same time. The ease of use of transferring footage from the CF card is excellent, but I am leery of trusting a digital file solely and I like to have a hard backup. Recording to tape eases my mind. My only complaint so far is that it's not comfortable to use hand held. Because of this I recommend Anton Bauer's EgripZ Handheld Camera Support which makes hand held much easier.
    Date published: 2009-06-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT! I use this camera to its maximum manual modes and all it's other capabilities! Extremely ultra sharp LCD, I mean SHARP! Even an 80 year-old man can read that LCD. Could be 3.5 inches like the Z1U but it is big enough being 3.2 The only cons I have are: 1- You cannot freely press the custom white balance at any time while recording as it will not change. Stand by only, assignable to 2 custom presets. That's a feature that ALL sony cameras don't support and that's important if you are shooting a multi-camera set that you cannot stop the tape. #2- IRIS buttons are on the right side of the camera. When shooting low, you need that button on the left.
    Date published: 2009-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best camcorder for the price events, weddings, documentaries, short films, etc. I find in this camera the solution to many situations when a fast work is needed; with the CF unit, using a Transcend 32GB I can record about 2h and half, then download to the computer in about 10 minutes. The way its work in low light conditions is increadible, and conected directly via HDMI to my Hi Res 27 monitor you can really see what this camcorder is posible to do. Is a complete pro camcorder. I have the nikon adaptor, so I can use my nikon lenses directly in the camera body, or with my letus extreme. Just buy this camera, you will never regret about.
    Date published: 2008-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jsut Great!!! I use the Sony hvr z7u, for documentaries, music shows and theatre plays, mostly. Its a great camera with great picture definition, a superb hd picture and very good as dv too.Ive been working with events that are longer than one hour, up to 3 or 4 hours some times. No problem with the relay function in its menu and my cf card 16gb, I can go for ever, without losing material for the time that I would lose for Cassette change. And very ease to sync it later on with my final cut, as it keeps the time code. The only cons that I can think of right now is the weight for a CamCorder if have to hold it for a long period.
    Date published: 2008-08-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Done, Sony! The Sony HVR-Z7 is one great camera for the price! The quality of workmanship, design and ease of use is remarkable for a camera of this price range. Went out on a full day shoot and went through the menu settings, shooting scenics from near to a variety of conditions. Sun, clouds, wind and rain..gave me a very good idea of the capabilities of the camera. Only two issues: 1: The slo-mo feature is useless. End result looks like VHS shot in EP mode. 2: Time lapse was useless as well. Menu settings are ridiculous for any professional. My overall impression...very well done, Sony!
    Date published: 2008-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memory recording unit is great Almost 40 years in film and video and this is by far the best small camcorder yet. We first started using a VX1000 when they first came out to film on an aircraft carrier. We still use the VX1000 but this new Sony is great. The memory recording unit is very flexible. We even hooked it to a Canon ZR800 and were able to record to and play back with no problems. Did have to use the manual controls on the unit. This is a heavy camera, reminds me of the RB67 medium format still camera. Balances well on a 501 head. The camera is very versatile in all areas, recording, playback, outputs. I also like being able to record to HDV on tape and SD DVCam on the recording unit and keeping the same timecode.
    Date published: 2008-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Z7U is AMAZING !!! We are wedding and event videographers and we own the Z1U, A1U, and V1U but absolutely nothing compares to the quality, low light prowess, or ALL the add-ons included with this product. Whether you are a Sony owner or not, the camera is easy to understand and setup and within minutes you can be recording to tape, Compact Flash Card, or both. It's really, really just that simple. Although the camera is a little heavier than the V1U, it is as easy (or easier) to hand-hold and is a complete joy to work with. I would sell absolutely every piece of equipment I own to get another one of these!
    Date published: 2008-06-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait! I'm a professional videomaker & have used Sony products for more than 20-years. Based in Africa & frequenting the USA I produce several programs a month for different applications & audiences. From hunting in Africa, fishing in Venezuela to corporate video's for military & medical application.My previous camera Sony Z-1U was great 'cause I could film in PAL/NTSC for different formats. The Z-7 can't do that but I think all the new features on it makes up for that. One of the features I was interested in was that the Z-7 could work with a memory stick. I had serious problems with my Z-1U in places like the Rain forrest and out on the Atlantic ocean where high humidity was a problem. Now I'm prepared with an Compact Flash back-up....
    Date published: 2008-04-01
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    can we get a converter from ntsc to pal?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    We suggest this converter. Note: there is about a 10 second latency.Blackmagic Design Mini Converter - UpDownCross B&H # BLMCUDC
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    what kind of lens mount is accepted ? i want to try a different lens in my Z7, do i need an adaptor or should i be looking for some specific kind of lens mount?
    Asked by: Hugo B.
    The Z7U has a 1/3 lens mount. The most appropriate lenses we have for this camera are at the following link:
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    How can I change out the internal battery? It is dead and I lose all my settings whenever I change camera batteries.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If the internal battery is dead, trying plugging the camera into AC for 24 hours with the power switch OFF. This will do the trick if the battery has any life left. Unfortunately I cannot find any information regarding user replacement of the internal battery. Therefore I have to conclude the battery is not user replaceable. Please contact your local service center that handles Sony camcorders.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can I playback tapes in this camera that was recorded in a fx1000?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I will answer with a qualified yes. Normally this should not be a problem. Possibly there will be some misalignment of the tape between the cameras or other issue but it should work as you desire.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    hi can i record video on sd card?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    In order to do record to solid state digital media like an SD card, you would need to use an external recorder for the camera itself can only record to tape. I would suggest the Atomos Ninja Blade 5 HDMI On-Camera Monitor & Recorder (Full Version) B&H # ATNB5M. Not only is it an external recorder but it is a very handy monitor as well. It is an excellent solution for what you are wishing to do.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is footage from this camera compatible with Final Cut Pro 7?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, Final Cut Pro 7 can handle HDV footage.
    Answered by: Muriel A.
    Date published: 2019-01-26


    Is this camcorder came with the lens as showed on the image?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Answered by: kwame b.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Lens included?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The package definitely included the lens when I bought it last December, although I paid $500 more than the offer currently showing.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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