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Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder

Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder
Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder


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Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder


Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder

Introducing a truly amazing new compact HDV camcorder from Sony. 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 simul

  • Sony’s Exclusive High-performance “G Lens”: Discover the exceptional optical performance of Sony’s “G Lens”. This sophisticated lens incorporates Sony’s unique optical technology and unparalleled quality control
  • The 29.5mm wide-angle “G Lens” (equivalent to 35mm film) on the HVR-Z5U offers a field of view that’s ideal for many 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 system to realize sharp images with higher resolution and less noise compared to the HVR-Z1U even when shooting in very low light
  • The six-blade iris diaphragm is nearly circular, enabling the creation of extremely beautiful background blur

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  1. 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Amazing Camera, December 1, 2009
    By 
    Pablo Castro “Man of Surprises” (Bogotá, Colombia) –
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    This review is from: Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder (Electronics)

    The z5u is a serious piece of equipment. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now, and only until today I feel I know it well enough to write a decent review.
    First off, the camera looks really sleek, feels solid and very well built. Its look isn’t as metallic as the Z1, but the feel is very similar.
    Of course, you can use it from day one with everything on auto, but if that’s all you’re ever gonna do, you’re better off with something much less expensive, like those tiny HD cameras that are popping up everywhere.
    Speaking of day 1, your first accesory is necessarily some kind of carrying bag or hard case. Sony has a backpack that’s amazing, but costs more than 500 bucks. I got the Kata bag, which is perfect. I also got the large battery, and the cables that are not supplied with the camera (Firewire, HDMI, XLR extension). Also, I got SONY HD Master minidv tapes, as well as a 6pack of regular sony minidv tapes. After some preliminary tests, I must say the image on the HD Master tapes is noticeably better…
    The main menu is easy to navigate, though it has enough levels you will get lost until you explore each a couple of times. One thing is, there are a lot of things on that menu, and the button and selecting wheel are really small… or perhaps my hands are too big? My main uses for this menu have been to select progressive or interlaced modes, and 60, 30 or 24 frames per second. Also, I’ve used it to assign all the assignable buttons under the handle, fine tune white balance temperature, set the handle zoom speed to its lowest setting (that way the handle zoom is my slow, controlled zoom, and the rear zoom is the fast one, very practical), and altering the gain setup (I left everything on 0, less grainy that way).
    The range of the G lens is perfect, since it goes from a wide angle to a 20x zoom.
    The 3 ND filters are great, though I’ve only really used the first one for an exterior shoot, which brought out the detail of a sunset brilliantly. The picture profiles are nice too, this is where you can make all sorts of color adjustments, including gamma, depth, wb shift, etc. Here I created a profile based on cinematone 2, only I connected it to a monitor and made some adjustments to my personal taste. These color profiles are assignable to easily accesible buttons, BTW.
    Both the stereo and shotgun microphones are excellent, though I haven’t used them extensively enough to offer a more complete evaluation.
    I don’t have the optional memory unit (MRC1K), but haven’t found it absolutely essential. It would be practical, but I’ve had no problems capturing HD video via firewire on Adobe PremierePro CS3, running on a Mac. I might purchase it though, but only after a nice tripod, a lighting kit, and a DOF adapter kit.
    Will post an update when this camera has endured more serious, long term usage, but initially it couldn’t be better.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A solid, functional workhorse, August 16, 2011
    By 
    HVRZ5U
    This review is from: Sony HVR-Z5U HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder (Electronics)

    I love this camera. Tough, feature laden, reliable, and completely functional. It takes awhile to learn the the important features and I bet nobody knows all of them. One nit, however. It’s heavy for its size. I finally surrendered to the fact and now use an aftermarket shoulder mount. Be sure to buy the obscenely priced HVR-MRC1 memory unit accessory.
    I like the memory unit for two reasons. First, it’s a back up to the tape. Second, it’s faster to dump the data from a CF card to a computer than doing from tape.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera!!, October 4, 2011
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    This camcorder had great high-def quality. It was also easy to use. If you are looking for one I would recommend that you should buy this camera. Overall this camcorder was great for weddings and other events.

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