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Sony HVR-Z7
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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

On average Sony small total megapixels video cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all video cameras produced by Sony.

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, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3.2 inches, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HVR-Z7. The display diagonals of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HVR-Z7 range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 has an HDMI.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sony HVR-Z7 has an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size across all video cameras of this spec and age.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Very High Battery Capacity

Video cameras of this spec and age have battery capacitys of between 440mAh and 2,200mAh. When compared to other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HVR-Z7 that we have assessed, the battery capacity of the Sony HVR-Z7 of 2,200 milliamperes * hour is one of the highest.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the HVR-Z7 the video mode ranges from 576i (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 comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HVR-Z7 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF G20[plb_1564217_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Viewfinder

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite high viewfinder (1,226,880 pixel) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. The viewfinders of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 550,000 pixels.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently found cables included is USB, but this cables included is not found on this camcorder. The cables includeds AV and Component are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HVR-Z7 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras that came out around the same time as the HVR-Z7. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this Sony camcorder.

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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, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HVR-Z7 are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 12 times zoom factor, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The optical zooms of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x.

If this Sony video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HVR-Z7 is 0.41MP and the highest is 1,300,000MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.037 megapixels, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HVR-Z7.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HVR-Z7 also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including 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].

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Not 3D

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 is not 3D.

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

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HVR-Z7 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Very Heavy

When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HVR-Z7 that we have assessed, the weight of the Sony HVR-Z7 of 2.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The average weight of video cameras that are a comparable age to the HVR-Z7 is 480g.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering 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 is also higher rated.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HVR-Z7

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HVR-Z7 over three years ago.

CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Camcorder Tape Type
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Supported Video Modes
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
Microphone in
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Headphone Connectivity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood
Other Features
AC Adapter Output Voltage

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vz7, sony hvrz7, sony hvrz7u
Barcodes 00027242735767, 00817062003913, 04905524485158

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