HDV Camcorder with Memory Recording Unit

Pricing available upon request

The HVR-Z7U is the world's first HDV handheld camcorder that uses 1/3-inch bayonet mount interchangeable lenses. This new HDV camcorder delivers the enhanced functionality professionals have been asking for, such as an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording functionality. A streamlined nonlinear editing workflow is achieved using the supplied Memory Recording Unit, which provides HDV/DVCAM/DV file recording on a widely available Compact Flash® solid-state memory card., as well as recording onto HDV tape. This groundbreaking camcorder also features 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes, as well as HDMI output.


  • Sony's first professional handheld HDV camcorder with an interchangeable lens system.
  • 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system
  • Interchangeable lens system using bayonet mount system with unlimited possibilities.
  • Carl Zeiss 12x Optical zoom lens included as standard
  • HDV, DVCAM and DV Recording on a miniDV Cassette tape
  • 24p/30p HDV Native Progressive Recording Modes
  • Three integral ND lens filters
  • Switchable HD/SD Recording and Playback - HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV
  • Smooth Slow Recording capability
  • New 3.2" (viewable area measured diagonally) type XtraFine LCD
  • Two accessory shoes
  • 0.45" type EVF offer high-resolution, high-contrast images with 100% full-scan, and 6500°k color temperature (standard for professional monitors).
  • infoLITHIUM L Series Battery Compatible
  • HDMI output connector
  • Includes Flash Memory recording Unit which records onto easily obtained Compact Flash memory cards
Features Benefits:
Interchangeable Lens System Offers Unlimited Possibilities
Hybrid Recording to Tape and CompactFlash card Simultaneously
Switchable Recording and Playback - HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production
1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid™ CMOS sensor system
Enhanced Functionality via the Technology of Exmor™
Carl Zeiss Lens for HD Video as Standard
Three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters
Negative Gain
Smooth Gain
Picture Profile
Color Depth
Color Correction
WB (White Balance) Shift
Skintone Detail
Advanced Histogram
Focus Marking
Camera Leveling
AE (Auto Exposure Window
Supplied Monaural Microphone ECM-XM1
24p/30p HDV Native Progressive Recording Modes
24p/30p Progressive Scan Modes
HVR-MRC1 Memory Recording Unit Included

General Specifications Detail:
Mass Approx. 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) Camera body only
Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) Including the Carl Zeiss Lens (VCL-412BWH)
Approx. 2.8 kg (6 lb 3 oz) Including the battery (NP-F570)
Carl Zeiss lens (VCL-412BWH)
lens hood with lens cover and microphone (ECM-XM1)
Power Requirements DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption HDV: Approx. 7.2 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
DVCAM/DV: Approx. 6.9 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Operating Temperature 0 to +40 °C (+32 to +104 °F)
Storage Temperature -20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
Humidity 25% to 85% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating Time HDV format: Approx. 125 minutes NP-F570 battery (supplied)
Approx. 260 minutes with NP-F770 battery
Approx. 390 minutes with NP-F970 with battery
DVCAM/DV format: Approx. 130 NP-F570 battery (supplied)
Approx. 270 minutes with NP-F770 battery
Approx. 400 minutes with NP-F970 battery
Video Recording Format HDV Mode 1: (MPEG2 MP@H-14L), 4:2:0, 25Mbps (1440 x 1080)
DVCAM (25 Mbps) 480/60i (NTSC)
DV SP (25 Mbps) 480/60i (NTSC)
Audio Recording HDV: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz), transfer rate: 384kbps
DVCAM/DV: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz) PCM (4ch, 12-bit, 32 kHz)
Recording Media PHDVM-63DM Mini Cassette
Recording Frame Rate NTSC model HDV: 1440 x 1080/60i/30p/24p
DVCAM, DV SP: 720 x 480/60i
Recording Frame Rate PAL model N/A
Recording/Playback time HDV 63 min (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette)
DVCAM 41 min (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette)
DV SP 63 minute (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette)

Inputs/Outputs Specifications Detail:
Genlock In NA
TC IN TC LINK via i.LINK (IEEE 1394)
Audio In INPUT 1/INPUT 2: XLR 3-pin (female), line/mic/mic +48V selectable
Test Out NA
Composite Video Out A/V Out Jack: 10 pin connector
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms)
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms)
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p (burst signal)
75 Ω (ohms)
Component Out Component Out Jack: Y: 1 Vp-p, 75Ω (ohms), Pb/Pr, Cb/Cr: +/-350 mV, 75Ω (ohms)
S-Video Out A/V Out Jack: 10 pin connector
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms)
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms)
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p (burst signal)
75 Ω (ohms)
Audio Out A/V OUT jack: 10 pin connector
Audio signal: -10 dBu (at load impedance 47 kΩ (kilohms))
Output impedance with less than 2.2 kΩ (kilohms)
Earphone Stereo mini-jack (ø3.5 mm)
Monitor Speaker YES
DC In DC 7.2 V (battery pack); DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Lens Conector 12 pin ENG lens connector or Hot-Shoe type (14 PIN) for standard/wide Carl Zeiss lenses
Remote LANC - Stereo mini-mini jack (Ø2.5 mm)
Light NA
Camera Adaptor NA
i.Link IEEE1394, 6-pin (x 1), HDV/DV stream S400
Memory Stick Memory Stick Duo (for capturing still images)
Gigabit Ethernet NA

Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Frequency Response 50 - 20,000 Hz (ECM-XM1)
Dynamic Range 111 dB

Camera Section Specifications Detail:
Pickup Device 3 Progressive 1/3 inch-type
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with Exmor technology
Effective Picture Elements 1,037,000 pixels (16:9)
778,000 pixels (4:3)
Built-In Optical Filters OFF: Clear, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND
Enhanced Clear Scan ECS Auto:
1/60 - 1/2000
60i/30p: 1/4 - 1/10000
24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
Slow & Quick Motion Function Smooth Slow Rec: Enables slow-motion playback by capturing images four times faster than the normal field rate (240 fields/s). In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for three seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to tape (in either HDV, DVCAM, or DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 12 seconds (*No audio recorded)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Close to F8 @ 60i
Minimum Illumination 1.5 lx (lux) (Fixed Shutter Speed 1/30, auto gain, auto iris) (F 1.6)
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Smear Level no smear (CMOS)
Horizontal Resolution 800 TV lines (HDV recording)

Monitoring Specifications Detail:
Viewfinder 0.45-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852x3[RGB]x480), 16:9 aspect ratio
Built-In LCD Monitor 3.2 inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, (1920 x 480) hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio

Lens Specifications Detail:
Lens Mount 1/3-inch bayonet mount type

Included Lens Specifications Detail:
Zoom Ratio Selectable Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 12x (optical), Approx. 18x (digital)
Focal Length f = 4.4 - 52.8 mm; When converted to a 35 mm still camera 32.0 - 384 mm (16:9), 39.5 - 474 mm (4:3)
Iris F1.6 - 2.0
Focus AF/MF/Full MF selectable; Macro
Image Stabilizer STEADYSHOT: Hard, Standard, Soft selectable, (Default = standard)
Filter Thread 72 mm (2 7/8 in.)

Built-In Microphone Specifications Detail:
Capsule Type NA

Supplied Accessories

Model: Description: U.S. List Price:
Carl Zeiss lens (VCL-412BWH)
AC-VQ1050 ACadaptor/charger
NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack
A/V connecting cable
component video cable
lens hood with lens cover
lithium battery (CR2025)
shoe adaptor
large size eye-cup
additional normal shoe kit
RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander
ECM-XM1 monaural electolet condenser microphone Operating instruction (CD-ROM) Printed operating instructions
HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit kit

Optional Accessories

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VCL308BWH Wide Angle Lens for HVR-Z7U $2,575.00 Get details
RM1BP Remote Commander $257.50 Get details
ACCL1BP Power supply & fast dual charger for HDV and NXCAM camcorders using L series batteries. $280.00 Get details
ECM673/9X Shotgun Microphone $357.00 Get details
VCTSP2BP Camcorder Support $520.00 Get details
VCTPG11RMB Tripod with the RM-1BP LANC Remote Controller $1,318.40 Get details
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2NPF970/B InfoLithium L Series Rechargeable (2) Battery Package $250.00 Get details
LA100W Lens Adapter $618.00 Get details
LCEX1AME Ameripack Hard Transit Case For PMW-EX1 $316.00 Get details
SHL32WBP LCD Viewfinder Hood $72.10 Get details
HVRDR60 HDV HARD DISK RECORDER Pricing available upon request Get details
HVLLBPB High Power LED Video Light Pricing available upon request Get details
ACVQL1BP Quad Battery Charger Pricing available upon request Get details


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