Common Features of HVR-Z7U/HVR-S270U
General Information
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production

The HVR-Z7U and S270U can convert material from 1080i down to 480i, and output the video signals through its i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors.
This allows users to edit recorded material with a compatible nonlinear editing system using current DV editing software, as well as record SD signals to an external VTR.

*Letterbox mode is not available from the i.LINK connector. i.Link is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office.

New Lineup Expanding the HDV format World

Sony's commitment to HDV has resulted in the remarkable evolution of cutting-edge technology equipment, such as the HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U, which use the popular HDV1080i recording specification.
The HDV1080i specification uses one of the “MPEG2 Long GOP” compression profiles. This highly efficient and robust “MPEG2 Long GOP” codec – which is also used in the Sony XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX series – enables users to record stunning-quality HD video.
The HVR-Z7U provides over 60 minutes*2 of recording time using the widely available miniDV videotape. While the HVR-S270U has the additional option of using standard-size cassettes that provide over 4.5 hours*3 of continuous recording.

*2 When Sony's recommended Professional HDV tape DigitalMaster™ model PHDVM-63DM is used, approx. 63 min. recording time.

*3 When Sony's recommended Professional HDV tape DigitalMaster™ model PHDV-276DM is used, approx. 276 min. (4 hrs. 36 min.) recording time.

HDV 1080i
Switchable Recording and
Playback – HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV

The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM, and DV recording, providing full flexibility to record in either standard definition or high definition depending on your production needs.


Native editing in the HDV format is now supported by most popular NLE (Nonlinear editing) software.
Additionally, the HDV signals can be recorded as a file on non-tape media. For example, when using the supplied CompactFlash (CF) Memory Recording Unit – images can be stored on a standard CF card for quick nonlinear editing.
The optional HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit can be used in the same manner, with images being recorded on to its large-capacity 60GB hard drive, which provides 4.5 hours of recording time.