Sony HVR-Z5U High Definition Handheld Professional Camcorder


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Sony HVR-Z5P has the capacity of delivering 1080i video through MiniDV tapes with the aid of HDV format. It features 3CMOS ClearVID Sensors, miniDV Cassette, 20x G-Lens, Dual Record with 1.2MP Still Capture, HDV/DV Switchable, Dual-Record Mode, just to mention a few.

With its three 1/3" ClearVid CMOS Exmor sensors carefully arranged so that one will be dedicated for every color channel, you can be sure of optimum effectiveness always. Sony's CMOS ClearVID technology guarantees optimum image clarity as well as enhanced resolution. Sony's ClearVID sensors are stationed at a 45? angle so that you will be able to achieve clearer diagonal lines. Also, the CMOS ClearVID technology boosts compactness so that you won?t have issues taking it around. It boasts of Enhanced Image Processing (EIP), which makes it easier for you to process considerable amounts of pixel color information.

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The Sony HVR-Z5P Professional HDV PAL Camcorder comes with the HDV format so that you can record high definition pictures on typical MiniDV tapes. You can accomplish this by making use of the MPEG-2 compression method, which is very popular with many applications like DVDs and high-definition satellite television. It comes with the low dispersion glass 29.5-590mm G-Lens, which features a 20x optical zoom as well as 3 built-in ND filters. You will like its iris, manual focus, and zoom, with a digital extender that makes it easier for you to boost the magnification by 1.5x. Hence, the lens can achieve a maximum of 30x digital zoom level. That is why it is an ideal camera for covering sports as well as other live events.

Also, this camcorder features the trademarked CinemaTone technology that boosts the effectiveness. The technology is available in two modes - CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color. The former helps in crushing black colors while the latter deepened color reproduction. Its Exmor technology guarantees optimum performance when shooting in areas with low lighting conditions. You can record images from the CMOS into tape using the typical 50i HDV format in 25p mode. You can play the tape back or edit it with the aid of a common HDV system.

Its minimum illumination stands at 1.5 Lux, hence, you can be certain of getting your shots right at all times to the amazement of your viewers. It has a horizontal resolution of 1080 Lines making it perfect for jobs that require high effectiveness. Its lightweight is an outstanding feature, hence, you won?t have issues with its maneuver during operations. The automatic shutter speed of this camera is 1/50-1/2000 while the manual shutter speed is 1/4-1/10000.


Signal System: PAL 1080/50i, 25p
Image Device: 1/3" ClearVid 3CMOS with Exmor Technology 1.2 MegaPixels Each
Lens: 20x G-Lens 29.5-590mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.6-3.4, 72mm Filter Thread
Horizontal Resolution: 1080 Lines
Minimum Illumination: 1.5 Lux
Built-in Filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor: 3.2", 921,000 Pixels
Viewfinder: 0.45" Color, 1.2 MegaPixels
Memory Card Slot: MemoryStick Duo for Scene Files, Compact Flash for Video Recording (Requires Optional Addon)
Shutter Speed: Auto: 1/50-1/2000, Manual: 1/4-1/10000

Included in the box:

  • Sony HVR-Z5P Professional HDV PAL Camcorder
  • AC Adapter/Charger
  • InfoLithium Battery
  • A/V Multi-Connecting Cable
  • Component A/V Cable
  • Lens Hood with Cover
  • Shoe Adapter
  • Large Sized Eye-Cup
  • Wireless Remote Commander
  • Lithium Battery
  • Conversion Adapter
  • Operating Instructions (CD-ROM)
  • Operating Instruction (Printed Copy)

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Sony HVR-Z5U High Definition Handheld Professional Camcorder