Sony HVR-Z7E "PAL" 1080i HDV Camcorder with Interchangeable Lens


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About Sony HVR-Z7E

Important Note: This is a PAL System and it is not compatible with USA NTSC TV standards

The Sony HVR-Z7E is an HDV handheld camcorder featuring a lens mount. Previously unheard of for such a compact unit, the HVR-Z7E incorporates the convenience of a handheld camcorder with the flexibility of larger ENG cameras.

The camera can also record directly to compact flash cards, via the camera's supplied memory recording unit. Combined with Sony's entire family of HDV products, the HVR-Z7E is a great camcorder for almost any production, including documentaries, news, low-budget movies, music videos and industrials.

Sony HVR-Z7E is Camcorder with 1/3" type 3 ClearVID CMOS imagers, inter-changeable bayonet mount lens system and dual record-to-tape and record-to-flash memory capability.

Sony HVR-Z7E Features

  • Interchangeable Lenses: Users get the best of both worlds with this innovative camcorder. The HVR-Z7E's unique design is the first of its kind; a handheld camera with the interchangeable lens capability. Whether you are filming a movie or shooting a documentary, the HVR-Z7E has it covered
  • ClearVID 3CMOS Technology: Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals
  • Record to Compact Flash: The camera comes with an attachable recording unit, allowing users to record HDV and DV to CompactFlash cards. With cards getting larger and larger in capacity, the ability to take advantage of tapeless workflow while still using cheap media is a welcome addition
  • High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV: The HDV format, used in the HVR-Z7U allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs and satellite television
  • 24p Capability: In 24p mode, images from the CMOS can be 2:3 pulldown-converted and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i HDV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary HDV system
  • HDMI Output: Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video signals. Sony has upped the ante by incorporating this into the already extensive array of video output choices on the HVR-Z7E

Sony HVR-Z7E Specifications

Signal System
HDV: 1080/50i, 1080/25p,
DVCAM/DV: 576/50i (PAL)
Image Device
1/3" 3CMOS Exmor Sensor system
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Zoom Lens, 12x (Optical)
f = 4.4-52.8mm
f = 32-384mm at 16:9 mode
f = 39.5-47.4mm (4:3 mode)
filter diameter: 72mm
Horizontal Resolution
1080 Lines
Minimum Illumination
1.5 lux (Auto Gain, Auto Iris, 1/30 Shutter)
Built-in Filters
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor
3.2", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 1 MegaPixel Xtrafine LCD
0.45", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 852 x 480 Resolution
Scan Matching
Memory Card Slot
MemoryStick Duo Media
Shutter Speed Range
Auto: 1/50-1/1750
Manual: 50i/25p: 1/3-1/10000
Gain Selection
6, -3, 0 , 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
VTR Tape Format
DVCAM Small Cassette
HDV Record and Play
DVCAM Record and Play
DV Record and Play
Tape Speed
HDV: 18.8 mm/s
DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
DV SP Mode: 18.8 mm/s
Maximum Recording Time
HDV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
DVCAM: 41 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
DV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
Audio Signal Format
MPEG1 Audio Layer II
16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode
Audio Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz
Input and Output Connectors
Composite: 10-Pin Video/Audio (x1 Output)
Component: Special Connector (x1 Output)
FireWire/i.LINK: 6-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
XLR Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female, 2-Channel
Headphone: Stereo Mini-Jack
Power Requirements
Battery Pack: 7.2 VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4 VDC
Power Consumption
HDV: 7.2W
Operating Temperature
32-104°F (0-40°C)
5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
ADORAMA 90 Day Warranty
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Bature A  Can this camera be used in Nigeria, don't know what the difference is between the HVR-Z7E AND HVR-Z7P? Please advice
Andrew R  I believe that Nigeria uses the PAL system, so this camera should work there.
luis c  This camera records full HD?
Helen O  This PAL system camcorder records HD either in 1080/50i or 1080/25p.
Oluwaseun W  where is this camera manufactured?
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