Natural-touch Lens Operation
Newly designed focus, zoom, and iris control functions provide convenient lens operation. The zoom function is variable and can be controlled using the lens barrel ring, the lever at the lens grip, or the lever on the camera handle. Additionally, once you select the high-speed zoom mode, you can zoom from wide to telephoto modes about 1.5x faster than with the HVR-V1U.
The lens barrel ring controls the iris, and a simple menu adjustment allows you to change the direction of rotation to open and close it. Furthermore, you can control overall exposure by changing the function of the iris ring. Exposure control automatically adjusts the optimum iris, gain, and shutter settings. Using exposure control mode, you can also fix the gain and shutter settings. This function is ideal for varied shooting environments that range from very dark to very bright, allowing easy one-handed control using single-ring operation. The ergonomic layout of the zoom, focus, and iris control rings makes operation of these three functions possible with just one hand. Moreover, the built-in digital extender system increases the zoom ratio to approximately 30x. Sony’s Super SteadyShot system (optical) helps you achieve a stable picture even when camera handling is unsteady.
The HVR-Z5U also provides three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters and accommodates the addition of an optional 0.8x wide conversion lens. These features provide enhanced shooting flexibility to suit your production requirements.
An Ideal Handheld Camcorder Design
Sony has responded to professional user feedback to create the ideal handheld camcorder with ergonomically designed body-weight balance and a well-planned layout of buttons and connectors to reduce camera operator fatigue.
Two Screw Holes for Secure Connection
To provide a more secure connection between the camcorder and tripod plate or other accessories, two screw holes have been incorporated into the base plate of the camcorder.