Sony HVR-Z7E reviews: Flash storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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9.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews.
Sony HVR-Z7E: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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Paul, UK

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
To get a crad based and tape back-up 25p HD camera that works seamlessly with our 270e's is just amazing at this size and weight and price.
Bad points:
To be picky its probably 1 stop on the F-stop out compared with the 270e but apart from that its identical.
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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Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2009

Adam, London Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic camera. Great results from it so far. Love the prorgessive scan CMOS chip in it. Also the picture presets have been quite handy. Plus the ease of switching between auto and manual modes is a big bonus - although use it on full manual to get the best out of it.
Bad points:
Focussing can be a little tricky at times. Best advice is get a monitor and use that too. Also - no BNC out...bit of a pain, but I can deal with it. Umm thats about it for the bad methinks. I love my new camera.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Flash
Connections Firewire
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/10000
Weight (g) 2400
Screen size (Inches) 3.2
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 39.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 474
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-04-01

Also known as: HVR-Z7E, Sony HVR-Z7P

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Manufacturer's Description

New flexibility, new features, new opportunities

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 attached to the HVR-Z7E, which is equipped with a universal standard 1/3-inch bayonet mount mechanism for the quick changing of lenses.

Added to this a streamlined nonlinear editing workflow can be achieved using the supplied memory-recording unit, which provides HDV/DVCAM/DV file recording on a standard CompactFlash® solid-state memory card. This offers customers varying levels of flexibility and hybrid operation which is becoming an important requirement in video production.

The HVR-Z7E also features 25p HDV native progressive recording mode and HDMI output.

This new handheld Camcorder further enhances the operational versatility of the Sony professional HDV lineup, and opens up a world of possibilities for high-definition digital video production. Whether it’s for documentaries, general TV production, low-budget movies, music videos, IPTV, education, or a wide range of corporate and event videography applications, Sony’s new HVR-Z7E is ideal.

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