Sony's new HVR-Z7U is the world's first professional handheld HDV camcorder with an interchangeable lens system.
The compact design makes it easy to use and flexible when shooting applications requiring mobility and in space-constrained locations.
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.
The HVR-Z7U accepts miniDV cassette tapes,which provide over 60 minutes recording time for HDV and DV formats, over 40 minutes for DVCAM format.
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the HVR-Z7U camcorder 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*15. This allows recorded images to be checked immediately in the field.
Although the resolution of the picture quality is decreased, this function is effective for some applications that don’t need full HD quality, such as Internet movies or the analysis of moving objects like a golf swing, for example.
The HVR-Z7U features two accessory shoes. There is a cold shoe on the front that can be removed to make room for a mattebox. While at the rear, there is a screw-hole type shoe located on the handle, which can be changed to a cold shoe, if required, using supplied parts.
To provide a more secure connection between the
camcorder and tripod plate or other accessories, two
screw holes have been incorporated.
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to remove the microphone for quick storage.
A 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVR-Z7U in the same position as on the HVR-Z1U.
The high pixel number of approximately 921,000 dots is around four times greater than the LCD of the HVR-Z1U, and this higher resolution allows for easier focus adjustments.
The 0.45 inch type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 dots (852x3[RGB]x480).
This device has three independent LEDs for R, G, and B colors. This technology allows users to check objects with remarkable color reproduction and resolution*. The EVF has a selectable display mode between color or black and white.
*When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an object in the screen moves quickly, the primary colors of R/G/B may be seen on the object in the EVF momentarily.
Common Features of the XtraFine LCD and EVF
•100% full-scan display – helps you to check the entire recorded area.
•6500k color temperature – the standard for professional monitors.
The HVR-Z7U uses the same batteries as the HVR-Z1U, HVR-V1U, and DSR-PD170, so you can fully utilize your existing battery and charger assets.
Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning HD images on the HDMI-compatible monitor display.
During shooting, the pre-compressed 1920x1080i/4:2:2 signal is output from the HDMI connector.