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Sony HVR-Z7 Camcorder

1.12MP 1/3 2.4kg CMOS Jul 2013
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The HVR-Z7E is the world's first HDV handheld camcorder with an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording. A variety of video lenses can be... More
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17 Reasons For

Easy to Use

A number of Sony HVR-Z7 owners who bought the product considered that it was easy to use. Brendan Ray Cyrus gave the product a score of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon five years ago “The process was easy and intuitive”. Brendan Ray Cyrus also mentioned “The focus ring is large and handy and must be pushed forward for "Auto focus”. Brendan Ray Cyrus also mentioned “This is handy as you shoot.”.

Good Quality Lens

Three people who bought the product thought it had a good lens. Brendan Ray Cyrus wrote in his Sony HVR-Z7 review “The LensThe removable lens hood is easily removable by the push of a button, opposed to the screw system of the Z1” and gave it an excellent review.

One Sony HVR-Z7 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

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Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony small sensor size camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Robust

Two Sony HVR-Z7 owners said in their reviews that the Sony HVR-Z7 was well made. Brendan Ray Cyrus said “Upon my first field test, I got to like this lens a lot better than the built in Z1”. Brendan Ray Cyrus also said “I also really liked the "Digital Extender" function, built in this lens, that brings the subject 1.5x closer when you're zoomed in to the max”.

Nice Design

One Sony HVR-Z7 owner thought it was smooth. Brendan Ray Cyrus said on Amazon “The zoom is handy and smooth” and gave it an excellent review.

One Sony HVR-Z7 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder said that it was a good design. Brendan Ray Cyrus gave it an excellent review score and he said on Amazon “I liked the new frontal design where the far reaching built-in microphone of the Z1 is missing”.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HVR-Z7 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.2 inches, the Sony HVR-Z7 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average screen size of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 2.9".

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HVR-Z7 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an image stabiliser.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony HVR-Z7 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all video cameras that were released around the same time as the HVR-Z7.

The worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of video camera is 1/8".

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 2,200 milliamperes * hour, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite high battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The average battery capacity of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HVR-Z7 is 1,600mAh.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HVR-Z7 the video mode ranges from 540p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HVR-Z7 also have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price].

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Quite High Viewfinder Resolution

At 1,226,880 pixel, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a fairly high viewfinder resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HVR-Z7. The average viewfinder resolution of video cameras of this age and spec is 650,000 pixels.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HVR-Z7 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this video camera. The cables included AV and Component are also found on this Sony video camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One person said in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. Five years ago Brendan Ray Cyrus wrote in his review of the Sony HVR-Z7 “The first thing to notice as I unpacked it is that is noticeably heavier”.

Not Full HD

The Sony HVR-Z7 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HVR-Z7 do are Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HVR-Z7. The average optical zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 31x, and the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

If this camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HVR-Z7 range from 0.41MP to 3MP. At only 1.037 megapixels, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 is not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HVR-Z7 the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the Sony HVR-Z7 is very heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HVR-Z7.

Alternative video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (775g), the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (900g), or the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (2.7kg) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HVR-Z7

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HVR-Z7.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
Video Mode
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
Microphone in Port
DV Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
XLR in Port
USB 3.0 Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Headphone Socket
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
AC Adapter Output

Expert Reviews

4 August 2011

Shooting Like the Pros for the Creative Filmmaker using the Sony-Z7U - By Stephen Joseph The first film I ever shot was with a Canon Hi 8mm camcorder. It was the summer of 1997 and the... Read more…

User Reviews

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Reviewed 31 May 2011 by Brendan Ray Cyrus "Billy Ray"

Here is a fantastic review i found on the internet regarding the Sony HVR-Z7 camcorder released in 2008.

For the last 3 years I have been using the first Sony HDV camera, the Z1, with... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2011 by Brendan Ray Cyrus

Here is a fantastic review i found on the internet regarding the Sony HVR-Z7 camcorder released in 2008. For the last 3 years I have been using the first Sony HDV camera, the Z1, with great... Read more…

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