HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder (Discontinued)

$4,950.00 U.S. List Price

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 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. Sony is continuously developing and expanding its HDV lineup in response to professional user feedback.


  • Sony's Exclusive High-performance "G Lens"
  • Natural-touch Lens Operation.
  • Ideal Handheld Camcorder Design
  • 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor System
  • Enchanced Functionality with Exmor Technology
  • Ready for HYBRID Solution with the optional HVR-MRC1K
Features Benefits:
Sony's Exclusive High-performance "G Lens"
Natural-touch Lens Operation
Ideal Handheld Camcorder Design
Two Screw Holes for Secure Connection
1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor System
Enhanced Functionality with the Technology of Exmor
Switchable Recording and Playback
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production
Selectable Progressive Modes
HYBRID Ready with HVR-MRC1K Option
XtraFine™ LCD Panel
XtraFine EVF
InfoLITHUM L Series Battery Compatibility
HDMI Output Connector
Two Accessory Shoe Connectors
Versatile Audio Input Selection
One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder
Smooth WB (White Balance)
Smooth Gain
MInus Gain
AGC Range Configuration
Advanced Histogram
Picture Profile™
Color Depth
Color Correction
WB (White Balance) Shift
Skintone Detail
Smooth Slow Rec
Shot Transition™ Function
Assignable Features

General Specifications Detail:
Mass Approx. 2.2 kg (5 lb 1 oz) (body w/ lens hood and lens cover)
Approx. 2.6 kg (5 lb 10 oz) w/ battery pack (NP-F770)
cassette (PHDVM-63DM)
lens hood w/cover and microphone (ECM-XM1)
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)
DVCAM/DV: Approx. 6.8 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder 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. 395min (NP-F970)
DVCAM/DV format: Approx. 415min (NP-F970)
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
Audio In CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Test Out NA
SDI Out NO (HDMI Type A {19 pin})
Composite Video Out A/V Out Jack: 10 pin connector
(composite and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied A/V connecting cable)
Component Out A/V Out Jack: 10-pin connector
(component, and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied A/V Component cable)
Audio Out A/V OUT jack: 10 pin connector
(unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cables)
Earphone Stereo mini-jack (ø3.5 mm)
Monitor Speaker YES
DC In With the DK-415 connecting cable (BATTERY SLOT)
Lens Conector NA
Remote LANC - Stereo mini-mini jack (Ø2.5 mm)
Light NA
Camera Adaptor NA
i.Link IEEE1394, 4-pin, HDV/DV stream input/output, S400
Memory Stick For Stills Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo can be used
Gigabit Ethernet NA

Camera Section Specifications Detail:
Pickup Device 3 Progressive 1/3 inch-type
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with Exmor technology
Built-In Optical Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 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 NA
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Close to F8 @ 60i
Minimum Illumination 1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Smear Level no smear (CMOS)

Monitoring Specifications Detail:
Viewfinder 0.45 inch type Color LCD (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3[RGB] x 480), 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 NA

Included Lens Specifications Detail:
Zoom Ratio Selectable Sony G Lens
20x (optical), servo/manual, 30x (digital) when {D.EXTENDER} is set to [ON]
Focal Length f = 4.1 to 82mm (3/16 - 3¼ in.)
(f = 29.5 to 590 mm in 16:9 mode, f = 36.1 to 722 mm in 4:3 mode 35mm equivalent)
Iris F1.6 to F16 and Close, auto/manual selectable
Maximum Relative Aperture 1: 1.6
Focus Auto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infi nity/AF assist/focus macro)
Filter Thread M72 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens)

Supplied Accessories

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AC-VQ1050 AC adaptor/charger
NP-F770 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack
A/V multi-connecting cable
Component A/V cable
lens hood with lens cover
lithium battery (CR2025)
shoe adaptor
large size eye-cup
RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander Unit
ECM-XM1monoaural electret condenser microphone

Optional Accessories

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SHL32WBP LCD Viewfinder Hood $72.10 Get details
VCT1BP Bracket Pricing available upon request Get details
LCSUN1 Soft Carry case for small handycam-type camcorders $0.00 Get details
ECM673/9X Shotgun Microphone $357.00 Get details
VCLHG0872K Wide Conversion Lens $880.00 Get details
LCEX1AME Ameripack Hard Transit Case For PMW-EX1 $316.00 Get details
ACCL1BP Power supply & fast dual charger for HDV and NXCAM camcorders using L series batteries. $280.00 Get details
RM1BP Remote Commander $257.50 Get details

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