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Sony HVR-Z5U Professional HDV Camcorder Item Id: VIDSCAMHVR-Z5U

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 This truly amazing compact HDV camcorder from Sony is designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. Sony's own "G Lens" is incorporated into the camcorder, boasting excellent resolution, color, and contrast for breathtaking images. The ergonomically designed body allows for flexible shooting and ease of use in any situation.
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High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV
The HDV format, used in the HVR-Z5U allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. Experience "Window-to-the-world" clarity using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique responsible for many forms of media used today, including DVDs and high-definition satellite television. The camera can also switch back to normal MiniDV mode when necessary.
Watch Your CinemaTone
The HVR-Z5U features CinemaTone technology, which comes in two flavors. CinemaTone Gamma crushes blacks while keeping the mids and highlights detailed, while CinemaTone Color deepens color reproduction for richer hues. Combine the two and footage becomes incredibly film-like. CinemaTone Gamma curves can be accessed by the touch of a button.
G-orgeous G-Series Lens
The HVR-Z5U makes full use of a low dispersion glass 29.5-590mm G-Lens with a 20x optical zoom and 3 built-in ND filters. The lens comes equipped with a manual focus, iris and zoom, making it the first camera in its class to feature a fully professional lens! Bravo. The lens has a digital extender that increases magnification by 1.5x, making the lens achieve up to 30x digital zoom levels.
ClearVID 3CMOS Technology
Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned in this manner, the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals. Enhanced Image Processing (EIP) is responsible for processing large amounts of pixel color information, recording 4:2:2 chroma before being thrown to 4:2:0 HDV tape.
Exmor Inside
Low-light situations can sometimes be difficult for cameras of this size due to their relatively small sensors. The result can often be additional noise or image degradation, sometimes sending otherwise usable footage to the proverbial "digital cutting room floor". By incorporating Exmor technology, Sony has once again raised the bar for handheld cameras at this price-point, reducing the lux rating from 3 to 1.5! The HVR-Z5U's ultra-sensitive 1/3" CMOS Exmor sensors take advantage of technology originally developed for their flagship XDCAM EX camera, the PMW-EX1, delivering an amazing signal-to-noise ratio.
24p Capability
In 24p mode, images from the CMOS can be 2:3 pulldown-converted and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i HDV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary HDV system. True 24p editing can be achieved by uploading 2:3 pulldown-converted images via an i.LINK FireWire interface to a compatible non-linear editing system. The resultant images resemble the visual motion of film! The camera can also shoot in both standard 60i for richer temporal motion, as well as 30p, which is great for lifting stills.
High Resolution LCD
When shooting HD footage, standard LCD screens can be very deceiving; what looked perfect amidst a full-day video shoot can sometimes prove very soft or out of focus while in post-production. This is a direct result of a simple fact: most camera-mounted LCDs cannot resolve images in the same way they are being recorded. The HVR-Z5U comes equipped with a 1-MegaPixel LCD screen, making it 4 times as clear as the LCD on the HVR-Z1U, eliminating this oft-pesky phenomenon. Record with confidence knowing that what you see is what you will get.
Extended Dynamic Range
The camera's 30% extension in dynamic range translates into more detail in both highlights and shadows. Increased dynamic range can be very useful when color correcting during post production.
Focus Assist
Users will be delighted by the HVR-Z5U's focus assist feature; peaking focus assist provides a simple way to ensure images are in perfect tack-sharp clarity. The process highlights high-contrast areas that represent sharp lines making focus operation incredibly quick and easy.
Advanced Audio Recording
The built-in microphone features full stereo recording capability capturing crystal clear audio. If more directional audio recording is necessary, the unit comes equipped with an ECM-XM1 monoaural microphone, providing a high level of flexibility while allowing operators to tackle a wide range of projects.
Signal System
1080/60i, 30p, 24p
Image Device
1/3" ClearVid 3CMOS with ExmorTM Technology
1.2 MegaPixels Each
20x G-Lens 29.5-590mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.6-3.4
72mm Filter Thread
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Not Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution
1080 Lines
Minimum Illumination
1.5 lux
Vertical Smear
Not Applicable
Built-in Filters
1/6, 1/32, 1/64
LCD Monitor
3.2", 921,000 Pixels
0.45" Color, 1.2 MegaPixels
Scan Matching
Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Slot
MemoryStick Duo for Scene Files
Compact Flash for Video Recording (Requires Optional Addon)
Shutter Speed Range
60i/30p: 1/4-1/10000
24p: 1/3-1/10000
Gain Selection
-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21dB

Tape Format
Tape Speed
DV: 18.8mm/s
HDV: 18.8mm/s
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time
HDV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
DV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
Tapeless HDV: 72 min (16GB CompactFlash using HVR-MRC1K Addon Unit)

Audio Signal Format
MPEG1 Audio Layer II
Audio Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
Not Specified By Manufacturer

Input and Output Connectors
Component Video: 10-Pin Connector A/V Out (x1 Output)
Composite Video: 10-Pin Connector A/V Out (x1 Output)
Analog Audio L/R Output: 10-Pin Connector A/V Out (x2 Output)
Analog Audio L/R Input: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input) FireWire (x1 Input/Output)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
Digital Video Output: HDMI (x1 Output)
Remote: LANC (x1 Input)
Power Requirements
Battery Pack: 7.2VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4VDC
Power Consumption
Operating Temperature
32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
6.8 x 7.5 x 17.8" (16.9 x 18.8 x 45.1cm)
5 lbs (2.2kg)
Rental Includes:
  • Battery station & Power Cable
  • Battery
  • AC Adaptor
  • Rode Short-Shotgun mic
  • RCA Cable
  • RGB Cable
  • Remote
  • Manual
  • Pelican Carry-Case
  • 2x 90min Tapes


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