Sony HDV HVR-Z7U Camcorder - Black
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Sony HDV HVR-Z7U Camcorder - Black

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  • Media Format: Flash card DVCAM DV MiniDV HDV
  • Recording System: NTSC
  • Resolution: 1.1 MP
  • Digital Zoom: 18x
  • Type: Professional
  • Optical Zoom: 12x
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Sony HDV HVR-Z7U Camcorder - Black

When looking for a professional video camera, the Sony HVR Z7U is a great option. It features interchangeable lenses, which is one of the first handheld camcorders to offer this as an option. This 1.1 MP camcorder comes packed with plenty of other features, such as recording in either high-definition or standard definition, up to 12x optical zoom, screw holes for secure attachment to a tripod, and a high-quality Carl Zeiss lens. Additionally, this Sony camcorder offers HD/SD-SDI or HDMI output and records on miniDV cassette tapes which can hold 40–60 minutes of high-definition video. The viewing screen on the Sony HVR Z7U is a 3.2-inch Xtrafine LCD, which provides up to four times more pixels than other handheld professional video cameras. Slow motion is no problem with this 1.1 MP camcorder, since the Smooth Slow Rec feature records images much faster than other cameras. Color correction has been improved in this Sony camcorder, resulting in better visual quality in both black and white and color videos. Six different settings are available to capture the best appearance based on the location and light balance. Professional videographers will be pleased with the myriad of new and unique features on the Sony HVR Z7U.

Product Details and Features


Color Black

Other Features

High Definition Video Support 1080i
Additional Features Still Shot Capability • Color Viewfinder • 3D Camcorder • progressive scanning • Camera orientation detection • Histogram Display
Widescreen Video Capture Yes

File Format

Digital Video Format MPEG-2


Effective Video Resolution 1.0 MP

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C


Battery Description Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Battery Manufacturer Sony NP-F570
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific


Connector Types 2 x audio input
HDMI Output Yes


Microphone Technology Electret condenser
Microphone Operation Mode Mono
Microphone Type Microphone - detachable - electret condenser - mono


Display Type LCD
Display Rotation Rotating
Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.2" - color
Screen Size 3.2"


Depth 17.28 in.
Width 6.92 in.
Height 7.83 in.


Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.45"
Viewfinder Type Electronic

Memory / Storage

Recording Speed SP
Supported Flash Memory Memory Stick Duo

Camera Flash

Flash Type None


Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual
Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
Min Illumination 1.5 lux
Min Shutter Speed 1/3 sec

Lens System

Lens Type Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Lens Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Lens Filter Size 72 mm
Focal Length Range 4.4mm - 52.8mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic • Manual

Optical Sensor

Sensor Type 3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Size 1/3"
Optical Sensor Qty 3

Key Features

Media Format Flash card • DVCAM • DV • MiniDV HDV
Recording System NTSC
Resolution 1.1 MP
Digital Zoom 18x
Type Professional
Optical Zoom 12x
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)
Weight 81.15 Oz.

Product Identifiers

Model HVR-Z7U

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