Operational Versatility

XtraFine™ LCD Panel

A 3.2 inch-type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVR-Z5U in the same position as on the HVR-Z1U. It has approximately 921,000 pixels (1920x480), which is 4x greater than the LCD of the HVR-Z1U, and this higher resolution allows for easier focus adjustment. The XtraFine LCD displays virtually 100% of the recorded picture area at a color temperature of 6500K approximately.

XtraFine EVF

The 0.45 inch-type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels (852x3 [RGB]x480). This device has three independent LEDs for Red, Green, and Blue colors. This technology allows users to monitor objects with remarkable color reproduction accuracy and high resolution*1. The EVF has a selectable display mode between Color or Black and White. The XtraFine EVF displays virtually 100% of the picture area at a color temperature of 6500K approximately


When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an object on the screen moves quickly, the R/G/B primary colors may momentarily be seen on the object in the EVF.

InfoLITHIUM L Series Battery Compatibility

The HVR-Z5U uses the same batteries as the HVR-Z7U, HVR-Z1U, HVR-V1U, and DSR-PD170, so you can use your existing chargers and batteries.

HDMI Output Connector

Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning HD images on an HDMI-compatible monitor display. During shooting, a pre-compressed 1920x1080i/4:2:2 signal is output from the HDMI connector.

Two Accessory Shoe Connectors

The HVR-Z5U features two accessory shoe connectors. One is a cold shoe on the top of the microphone unit at the front, and the other is a screw-hole type shoe located on the handle. The rear side shoe can be changed to a cold shoe using supplied parts.

Versatile Audio Input Selection

The HVR-Z5U features versatile audio input selection with a newly designed high-quality built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input channels for professional microphones or connecting to an external-line audio source. Additionally, the ECM-XM1 high-sensitivity, low-noise monaural microphone is supplied. This microphone has an S/N ratio of 78dB and a sensitivity increase of 14dB over its predecessor, the ECM-NV1*2.
By adjusting the INPUT ASSIGN switch located on the side panel of the HVR-Z5U, you can easily assign the two audio input channels to the built-in stereo microphone, external-line audio, or dedicate one channel to each and record them separately or mixed. When assigned to one channel, the built-in stereo microphone acts as a wide-directional monaural microphone.


The ECM-NV1 is a supplied microphone with the DSR-PD170, DSR-250, HVR-A1U, and HVR-V1U.

One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder

A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and remove the microphone for quick storage.

Smooth WB (White Balance)

The Smooth WB feature is a smooth transition white balance system that avoids unnaturally sudden color temperature changes between preset white balance settings. This function is useful when you move from an artificial, low-light environment inside a building, to bright natural sunlight outside.

Smooth Gain

The Smooth Gain function is a smooth transition gain system that avoids sudden brightness changes caused by manual gain-level adjustment. With this function, the brightness changes gradually when the gain-level position is switched and avoids any sudden, unwanted iris adjustment.

Minus Gain

Minus gain settings of −6 and −3dB have also been added to help reduce sensitivity under bright lighting conditions. When the iris needs to be opened to create a short depth of field, a suitable brightness level can be achieved with this function.

AGC Range Configuration

The range of the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) function can be set by assigning its upper and lower limits. The use of minus gain can be achieved by setting the lower limit of the AGC. Once minus AGC is set to ON, the minimum AGC parameter is set to approximately −3dB. If you set it to OFF, the minimum AGC parameter is set to 0dB.

Advanced Histogram

The Histogram Indicator for brightness can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing operators to easily evaluate the brightness of captured images. A target window appears in the center of the screen and the brightness level is indicated by a vertical red line in the histogram. The zebra indicator level appears as a yellow vertical line in the histogram as a reference for proper exposure.