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Sony HVRZ7U Camcorder

$3,999.99
1.12MP 1/3 2.4kg Jul 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Sony camcorders have good reviews
Easy to use
Good size
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Reviews

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 56 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range. 100% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

Four customers agreed that it was easy to use. Brendan Ray Cyrus said on Amazon “This is handy as you shoot.”. Brendan Ray Cyrus also wrote “The process was easy and intuitive” in his review. Brendan Ray Cyrus also mentioned “The focus ring is large and handy and must be pushed forward for "Auto focus” in his review.

Robust

Two people who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Brendan Ray Cyrus mentioned “Upon my first field test, I got to like this lens a lot better than the built in Z1” in his review of this camcorder and scored the product 7 stars. Brendan Ray Cyrus also mentioned “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” in his review.

Nice Design

One owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was smooth. Brendan Ray Cyrus mentioned “The zoom is handy and smooth” .

One person who reviewed it considered that it was well designed. Brendan Ray Cyrus mentioned on Amazon six years ago “I liked the new frontal design where the far reaching built-in microphone of the Z1 is missing” and scored it 6 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One person who bought it mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Brendan Ray Cyrus he mentioned on Amazon “The first thing to notice as I unpacked it is that is noticeably heavier” in his review of this camcorder.

Very Heavy

The average weight of video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera is 460g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera that we have checked, the Sony HVR-Z7's weight of 2.4 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Legria HF G30 (900g and higher rated), the XM2 (1.1kg and higher rated), or the XF305 (2.7kg and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Good Quality Lens

Three people who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had a good lens. Brendan Ray Cyrus mentioned on Amazon “The LensThe removable lens hood is easily removable by the push of a button, opposed to the screw system of the Z1” in his review of this camcorder.

One owner who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had a good zoom.

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 12 times zoom factor, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera. The average optical zoom of video cameras of this age and type is 30x.

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R406 (32x) which is also higher rated.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Sony HVR-Z7 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.2 inches) amongst video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon XF105 ($8,499.00) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HVR-Z7 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Canon Vixia HF G20 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HVR-Z7 supports HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder also support HDMI.

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Has a DV Port

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a DV port, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera which do not have a DV port.

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Has an XLR in

The Sony HVR-Z7 has an XLR in, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a composite video out. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a composite video out.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a microphone in. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a microphone in.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The Sony HVR-Z7 features onepush white balance. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The Sony HVR-Z7 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HVR-Z7 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a handheld remote control, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder do not have a handheld remote control.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony HVR-Z7 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Viewfinder

At 1,226,880 pixel, the Sony HVR-Z7 has a quite high viewfinder compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera. The viewfinders of small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera range from 90,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 660,000 pixels.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. The Sony HVR-Z7 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) (only 1.037 megapixels) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04905524485158

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