Sony HVR-Z5 Pro reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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9.4 out of 10 based on 14 reviews.
Sony HVR-Z5 Pro: 20x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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Sid, Skipton Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great Lens. Great quality. Controls all in right places and straightforward to use. Great in low light.
Bad points:
Not found any yet other than what I already know know about Sony cameras (I have had quite a few).
Main problem comes with cost of repairs if it goes wrong!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 May 2010

Kim, Teesside Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fabulous in low-light - easy to handle, love love love it
Bad points:
Zilch so far!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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8 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2009

Judith, Heckmondwike. Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This camera is easy to use & has excellent picture quality. The price is very competetive compared with other retailers.
I am highly delighted with the results.
Bad points:
The instruction manual in parts is sparse on explanation & description. & in places ambiguous.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2010

mark, malta

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very good camera, and value of money
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2010

Confirmed purchaser Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good optics, good color, functions like slow mo and speed zoom make it nice to use.
Bad points:
Petty the MRC1k is so expensive, still compresses the image to 1440x1080 into the MRC1k (it has to on tape but shouldn't have to on the memory unit which is a shame). Requires use of other device ie nanoflash to prevent 4:2:0 color reduction. Also the sensors are not quite big enough for BBC HD acquisition even with a nanoflash, which is frustrating given the price of the camera. They should improve this lane and put the price up a little methinks!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 May 2010

Mark, Portsmouth UK Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
mobility,setting-up,
Bad points:
No HVR-MRC1K Flash anymore (Discontinued) Please Sony Re-instate this product
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2014

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Optical zoom ratio 20
Media format MiniDV
Widescreen recording Yes
Weight (g) 2200
Screen size (Inches) 3.2

Also known as: Pro HVR-Z5, Sony HVR-Z5 HDV

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Manufacturer's Description

Featuring, excellent performance in low light, over cranking and a broad zoom range only made possibly by Sony’s “G” lens. Flexibility, in choice of Resolution, Media and workflow- reality with HYBRID technology. The search is over. The HVR-Z5 is everything you’ve wanted in a fixed lens camcorder.
• 1/3 Inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system
• Sony’s exclusive high-performance “G lens”
• Selectable progressive recording modes
• Built-in down-converter for SD production
HYBRID recording with optional HVR-MRC1K


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