The HVR-Z7U is a full 1080p HDV hand held camcorder featuring interchangeable lens systems, native progressive recording, increased sensitivity for low-light conditions, hybrid solid-state recording and other features designed for video production professionals and pro-sumers.
The HVR-Z7U comes with a universal standard 1/3-inch bayonet mount mechanism for easier lens changes. Also standard is a 12x high-quality, multi-purpose Carl Zeiss lens for HD video, with a Vario-Sonnar T* coating to reduce reflections. A specially designed 8x wide-angle lens is available as an option. These new lenses along with the new mount give you the same functionality as Sony’s popular fixed-lens camcorders like the HVR-Z1U and HVR-V1U, thanks to built-in features such as auto-focus, optical stabilizer, and automatic back-focus adjustment. In addition, via a special adaptor you can attach the alpha series lenses that were designed for Sony's consumer digital SLR still cameras.
Sony’s 1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enhanced by Exmor technology produces results in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. Both technologies combine to allow the HVR-Z7U to perform significantly better in low-light environments with sensitivity of 1.5 lux. This imaging technology is complemented by Sony’s Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) system to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and excellent color reproduction.
The HVR-Z7U offers 1080, 24p and 30p native progressive recording, using its 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system and EIP technology to create true 1080p images and recording them as progressive signals in the HDV format. The progressive HDV streams can be output from an i.LINK interface and used for progressive editing with compatible non-linear editing software. The HVR-Z7U has the ability to switch between 1080p, 1080i in the HDV format, DVCAM, and DV recording, and can down-convert material from HD to SD, outputting the video signals through its i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors. The HVR-Z7U also has an HDMI output.
Users have the option of hybrid recording to flash memory cards via a supplied memory-recording unit that attaches directly to the back of the HVR-Z7U. This unit captures the HDV1080i, DVCAM, or DV stream output from the camcorder and can record HDV/DVCAM/DV files to a standard CompactFlash solid-state memory card, while users are simultaneously recording to tape. Compatible with Sony’s Professional 306x CompactFlash card as well as standard CompactFlash cards (2GB minimum capacity, 133x minimum speed), the unit allows you to record up to 72 minutes on a 16GB CompactFlash card in the HDV or DV format. The HVR-Z7U can also deliver more than 60 minutes of recording time on miniDV videotapes, and approximate recording times of 63 minutes with Sony’s DigitalMaster cassettes (PHDVM-63DM).
- Native progressive recording
- Switchable recording and Playback- HDV 1080i/DVCAM/DV
- Built in Down-converter for SD Production
- 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system
- Interchangeable lens system
- ά Lens compatibility
- Hybrid solid-state recording capability
- AC-VQ1050 AC adaptor/charger
- NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack
- A/V connecting cable
- Component video cable
- Lens hood with lens cover
- Lithium battery (CR2025)
- Shoe adaptor
- Large size eye-cup
- Additional normal shoe kit
- RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander
- ECM-XM1 monaural electolet condenser microphone
- Operating instructions (CD-ROM) printed operating instructions
- HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit kit