Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Professional Camcorder Bundle - with Switronix TL-50 30w Dimmable DC On Camera LED Light, Light Stand Adapter

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  • HVR-Z5U Professional Camcorder
  • TL-50LED Video Light DC Powered
  • Flash Umbrella Holder - Attaches to Light Stand
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About Sony HVR-Z5U

Save $163.49 when you buy this Sony HVR-Z5U . This Value Bundle comes with a Flashpoint Modular Mini Ballhead with Umbrella Bracket, Sony HVR-Z5U and a Switronix TL-50 and Shipping is free! .

The HVR-Z5U camcorder 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 that rival expensive interchangeable lenses. This new compact camcorder boasts Sony's 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system, utilizing the technology of Exmor, to provide excellent low-light sensitivity and making it ideal when high performance in limited 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 standard features of the HVR-Z5U include 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes. Sony's new cutting-edge hybrid recording system incorporates an optional HVR-DR60 or HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit, which allows simultaneous recording on tape and non-tape media for improve NLE workflow efficiency. The hybrid recording system is also capable of simultaneous HD and SD recording.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Great picture quality (7),Good in low light (5),Great sound (5),Easy to use (4),Image stabilization (4),Zoom range/performance (4),Large clear LCD (3)
Best Uses:
HD shooting (6),Movies/short films (4),Weddings (4),Documentaries (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro videographer (4)

Sony HVR-Z5U Features

  • Adorama Camera Valuable Bundle. Kit Includes.
  • Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Professional Camcorder, AC-VQ1050 AC Adaptor/Charger, NP-F770 infoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack, A/V Multi-Connecting Cable, Component A/V Cable, Lens Hood, Lens Cover, Lithium Battery CR2025, ECM-XM1 Monaural Electret Condenser Microphone, CD-ROM, Sony 1 Year USA Warranty.
  • Switronix TL-50 LED Light Fixture, Pop-On Filter Set for TL-50, TL-68 LED Fixtures (Clear Protective, Frosted, and Indoor CTO 3200K), Battery Pack for TL-50 LED Fixture, Built-In Multi-Voltage Charger, Switronix 1 Year USA Warranty.
  • Adorama Flash Umbrella Holder, 360 Degree Rotation.

Sony HVR-Z5U Specifications

Sony G Lens, 20x (optical), f = 4.1 to 82mm, f = 29.5 to 590 mm at 16:9 mode, f = 36.1 to 722 mm at 4:3 mode, filter diameter: 72mm
Built-in filter
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Imaging system
1/3 inch-type, progressive 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with technology of Exmor
Picture elements
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)
Auto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity/AF assist/focus macro)
White balance
Auto, one-push auto (A/B positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (selectable level -7 to +7, approx. 500K/step), manual WB Temp (selectable 2300K to 15000K, 100K/step)
Manual shutter speed Auto
1/60 - 1/2000
Manual shutter speed Manual
60i/30p: 1/4 - 1/10000 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Minimum Illumination
1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
Recording format
HDV1080/60i/30p/24p, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Play out/Down conversion format
HDV1080/60i/30p/24p, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Playback/Recording time HDV/DV SP
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Playback/Recording time DVCAM
Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Audio/Video output
10-pin connector A/V OUT jack (component, composite and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cables)
HDV/DV input/output
i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin)
XLR audio input
XLR 3-pin female x 2ch
Stereo mini jack (°3.5 mm)
Stereo mini-mini jack (°2.5 mm)
Digital video output
HDMI connector
LCD viewfinder
0.45 inch-type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3[RGB] x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
LCD monitor
3.2 inch-type (Viewable area measured diagonally), XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
Power requirements
DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption HDV
Approx. 7.1 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
Power consumption DVCAM/DV
Approx. 6.8 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
Battery operating time HDV
395min (NP-F970)
Battery operating time DVCAM/DV
415min (NP-F970)
Operating temperature
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Storage temperature
-4 to 140 °F (-20 to 60 °C)
Dimension (W x H x D)
Approx.6-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 17-7/8 inch (169 x 188 x 451mm) (with lens hood, microphone and large eye cup)
Approx. 5 lbs 1 oz (2.2 kg) (w/o tape, battery)
Sony warranty
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Sony HVR-Z5U Reviews

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(based on 7 reviews)


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Reviewed by 7 customers


Best Camcorder I've Every Owned


from Boca Raton Florida  -  Pro Videographer

I've been a professional Wedding Videographer since 1987 both in NY and south Florida. I have easily done over 4000 weddings. I told Paul Armato over a year ago that I needed an HD version of the PD170. Z5U was it. PD170 lux was 1.0, Z5U is 1.5, but picture quality is better. You can tweek the AE from -7 to +7 WHILE SHOOTING. You can also adjust the color temperature over a wide range WHILE YOU ARE ACTUALLY RECORDING. Comes in very handy while shooting in twilight and in environments with many color temperatures like sunlight coming into room or the wide variety of uplighting used these days. If you are used to shooting on a Sony Camcorder, the learning curve is ZERO. I have purchased over 20 professional camcorders from Paul Armato over the years and would not think of going to anyone else.


I plan to buy another one soon.


from Miami  -  Pro Videographer

Amazing camcorder with great professional features. Excellent image and fantastic in low light situations. Lens with great coverage. Another great product from Sony.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera!


from VT  -  Pro Videographer

Very nice camera! It uses memory cards and tapes. Great for backing up material. The image quality is awsome!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Sony Z5u Weekness


from Saginaw Michigan  -  Video Enthusiast

Z5U Better than Cannon but Wider lens cuts down the 20X to about 15X they should have made it a 25x. Smith slow mode suffers picture Quality fast. Menue wheel poor position and function bad as well.Mrc unit limits you to batttery size. Construction seams good but not great.And the new Avchd Model same problems except Battery size.But more recording time.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Product


from Lorain, Ohio  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Great Product.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera


from Clarkston, MI  -  Pro Videographer

Beautiful pictures. Small, so it is unobtrusive for wedding and event videography. Comfortable to hold, easy to switch tapes fast with the transport on the left side.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great images--a little hard to get used


from Clarkston, MI  -  Semi-pro Videographer

The camera has wonderful capabilities, many features, but as with anything with a lot of features, it is hard to master.

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