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Sony HVR-Z7
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Sony HVRZ7U 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 Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other brands.

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 camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HVR-Z7 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Large Screen Size

At 3.2 inches, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HVR-Z7. Similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HVR-Z7.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], and the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Sony HVR-Z7 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] is also worth considering.

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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 the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HVR-Z7.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

At 2,200 milliamperes * hour, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite high battery capacity compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HVR-Z7. Video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HVR-Z7 have battery capacities of between 440mAh and 3,000mAh.

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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 more than two years ago the worst video mode is 540p and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HVR-Z7, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Samsung SMX-C10[plb_2120460_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HVR-Z7 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HVR-Z7. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly High Viewfinder Resolution

The average viewfinder resolution of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HVR-Z7 is 530,000 pixels, and the viewfinders resolutions range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. The Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite high viewfinder resolution (1,226,880 pixel) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HVR-Z7.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HVR-Z7 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. 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 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, unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HVR-Z7 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At only 12 times zoom factor, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HVR-Z7.

If this Sony camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price] (32x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite low movie megapixel count (only 1.037 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HVR-Z7. Small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HVR-Z7 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HVR-Z7 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think 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 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HVR-Z7 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Sony HVR-Z7 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HVR-Z7 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

Camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HVR-Z7 have weights of between 57g and 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 that were released more than two years ago.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (775g and higher rated), the Legria HF G30[pl_1564050_price] (900g and higher rated), or the XF305[pl_1515882_price] (2.7kg and higher rated) all from Canon.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HVR-Z7

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera was released over three years ago.

CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
Video Mode
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out 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
Cable 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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