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Sony HVR-Z5E HDV High Definition Handheld - PAL - Professional Camcorder with 1/3" 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor


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About Sony HVR-Z5E

The Sony HVR-Z5E is designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. Sony's newly designed G Lens is incorporated into the camcorder, boasting excellent resolution, color and contrast, for breathtaking images.

3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system utilizing the technology of Exmor provides excellent low-light sensitivity. This new compact camcorder is ideal when high performance in available light conditions is a requirement. The ergonomically designed body allows flexible shooting under any conditions, while maintaining Sony's worldwide reputation for quality and high performance.

The HVR-Z5E's standard features include 1080/25p HDV native progressive recording modes. Sony's new cutting-edge HYBRID recording system offers use of an optional HVR-DR60 or HVR-MRC1K. This allows simultaneous recording of HDV and/or standard DV/DVCAM to dual media for improved NLE and archive workflow efficiency.

Sony HVR-Z5E Features

  • The 29.5mm wide-angle "G Lens" (equivalent to 35mm film) on the HVR-Z5E offers a field of view that's ideal for shooting situations ranging from broad landscape shots to conditions where sufficient distance from the subject is difficult to obtain.
  • Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations caused by differences in light refraction to minimize color fringing.
  • Advanced optical lens technology makes the most of Sony's 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor to realize sharper images with higher resolution and less noise even when shooting in very low light.
  • The six-blade iris diaphragm is nearly circular, enabling the creation of extremely beautiful background blur.
  • The HVR-Z5E also provides 3 built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters and allows the use of an optional 0.8x wide conversion lens.
  • The HVR-Z5E can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM and standard DV recording, providing the ultimate flexibility to suit your production needs. 60Hz operation for 1080/60i/24p/30p plus SD 480i is available through a chargeable service upgrade
  • Selectable Progressive Modes: 25p HDV Native Progressive Recording Mode and 25p Progressive Scan Mode
  • Built-in Down-converter for SD Production: Output a down-converted video signal through the i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors.
  • Versatile Audio Input Selection: The HVR-Z5E features versatile audio input selection with a newly designed high-quality built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input channels for professional microphones or connecting to an external-line audio source.
  • XtraFine LCD Panel: A 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVR-Z5E in the same position as on the HVR-Z1E. With approximately 921,000 pixels, this is 4x greater than the LCD of the HVR-Z1E. The XtraFine LCD displays virtually 100% of the recorded picture area at 6500K color temperature.
  • XtraFine EVF: The 0.45 inch type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels (852x3[RGB]x480). This device has three independent LEDs for Red, Green & Blue colors. It allows users to monitor objects with remarkable color reproduction accuracy & high resolution.
  • InfoLITHIUM L Series Battery Compatibility: The HVR-Z5E uses the same batteries as the HVR-Z1E, HVR-V1E and DSR-PD170P, so you can use your existing chargers and batteries.
  • HDMI output connector: Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning HD images on an HDMI-compatible monitor display. During shooting, a pre-compressed 1920x1080i/4:2:2 signal is output from the HDMI connector
  • Two Accessory Shoe Connectors: The HVR-Z5E features two accessory shoe connectors. One is a cold shoe on the top of the microphone unit at the front and the other is a screw-hole type shoe located on the handle. The rear side shoe can be changed to a cold shoe using supplied parts.
  • One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder: A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and remove the microphone for quick setup/storage.
  • Smooth WB (white balance): The Smooth WB feature is a smooth transition WB system that avoids unnaturally sudden color temp changes between preset WB settings. This function is useful when you move from an artificial, low-light environment inside a building, to bright natural sunlight outside.
  • Smooth Gain: The Smooth Gain function is a smooth transition gain system that avoids sudden brightness changes caused by manual gain-level adjustment. With this function, the brightness changes gradually when the gain-level position is switched and avoids any sudden, unwanted iris adjustment.
  • Negative Gain: Negative gain settings of -6 and -3 dB have also been added to help reduce sensitivity under bright lighting conditions. When the iris needs to be opened to create a short depth of field, a suitable brightness level can be achieved with this function.
  • AGC Range Configuration: The range of the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) function can be set by assigning its upper and lower limits. The use of minus gain can be achieved by setting the lower limit of the AGC.
  • Advanced Histogram: The Histogram Indicator for brightness can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing operators to easily evaluate the brightness of captured images.
  • Picture Profile: Up to six different picture-quality settings, including gamma and color settings can be registered in the memory as picture profiles.
  • Color Depth: Generally, the brightness of a video image increases as the color level becomes more vivid. In these new camcorders, the brightness and color level are processed independently so that more flexible tone..
  • Color Correction: This function of the HVR-Z1E has been improved in the HVR-Z5E. Color Correction provides two functions for creative shooting. The Color Extraction function can retain up to two desired colors of monitored pictures on the screen, while making all other colors black and white.
  • WB (White Balance) Shift: The WB Shift function allows users to create a custom color or to adjust the color temperature of the camcorder. LB-CC type: adjusting the LB axis (color temperature) and CC filter effect &R-B level type: adjusting the red and blue levels.
  • Skintone Detail: This function allows users to change the sharpness of an object with a specific color and is particularly good for making skin tones look more natural.
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