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Sony HVR-Z5U

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Item #:MO813194
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Model Description:
HDV High Definition Handheld Camcorder w/ "G lens", 3 ClearVid CMOS, 1080 HDV native

Model Details

Introducing a truly amazing new compact HDV™ camcorder from Sony. The HVR-Z5U camcorder is designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. Sony’s newly designed “G Lens” is incorporated into the camcorder, boasting excellent resolution, color, and contrast for breathtaking images that rival expensive interchangeable lenses. This new compact camcorder boasts Sony’s 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ system, utilizing the technology of Exmor, to provide excellent low-light sensitivity and making it ideal when high performance in limited light conditions is a requirement. The ergonomically designed body allows flexible shooting under any conditions, while maintaining Sony’s worldwide reputation for quality and high performance. The standard features of the HVR-Z5U include 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes. Sony’s new cutting-edge hybrid recording system incorporates an optional HVR-DR60 or HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit, which allows simultaneous recording on tape and non-tape media for improve NLE workflow efficiency. The hybrid recording system is also capable of simultaneous HD and SD recording. Sony is continuously developing and expanding its HDV lineup in response to professional user feedback.


  • Sony's Exclusive High-performance "G Lens"
  • Natural-touch Lens Operation
  • Ideal Handheld Camcorder Design
  • 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor System
  • Enchanced Functionality with Exmor Technology
  • Ready for HYBRID Solution with the optional HVR-MRC1K

General SpecificationsDetail:
MassApprox. 2.2 kg (5 lb 1 oz) (body w/ lens hood and lens cover) 
Approx. 2.6 kg (5 lb 10 oz) w/ battery pack (NP-F770)
cassette (PHDVM-63DM)
lens hood w/cover and microphone (ECM-XM1)
Power RequirementsDC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Power ConsumptionHDV: Approx. 7.1 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON) 
DVCAM/DV: Approx. 6.8 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
Operating Temperature0 to +40 °C (+32 to +104 °F)
Storage Temperature-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
Humidity25% to 85% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating TimeHDV format: Approx. 395min (NP-F970) 
DVCAM/DV format: Approx. 415min (NP-F970)
Video Recording FormatHDV Mode 1: (MPEG2 MP@H-14L), 4:2:0, 25Mbps (1440 x 1080)
DVCAM (25 Mbps) 480/60i (NTSC)
DV SP (25 Mbps) 480/60i (NTSC)
Audio RecordingHDV: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz), transfer rate: 384kbps 
DVCAM/DV: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz) PCM (4ch, 12-bit, 32 kHz)
Recording MediaPHDVM-63DM Mini Cassette
Recording Frame Rate NTSC modelHDV: 1440 x 1080/60i/30p/24p
DVCAM, DV SP: 720 x 480/60i
Recording Frame Rate PAL modelN/A
Recording/Playback timeHDV 63 min (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette) 
DVCAM 41 min (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette) 
DV SP 63 minute (using a PHDVM- 63DM cassette)

Inputs/Outputs SpecificationsDetail:
Genlock InNA
Audio InCH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Test OutNA
SDI OutNO (HDMI Type A {19 pin})
Composite Video OutA/V Out Jack: 10 pin connector
(composite and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied A/V connecting cable)
Component OutA/V Out Jack: 10-pin connector 
(component, and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied A/V Component cable)
Audio OutA/V OUT jack: 10 pin connector 
(unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cables)
EarphoneStereo mini-jack (ø3.5 mm)
Monitor SpeakerYES
DC InWith the DK-415 connecting cable (BATTERY SLOT)
Lens ConectorNA
RemoteLANC - Stereo mini-mini jack (Ø2.5 mm)
Camera AdaptorNA
i.LinkIEEE1394, 4-pin, HDV/DV stream input/output, S400
Memory StickFor Stills Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo can be used
Gigabit EthernetNA

Camera Section SpecificationsDetail:
Pickup Device3 Progressive 1/3 inch-type 
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with Exmor technology
Built-In Optical FiltersClear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 ND
Enhanced Clear Scan ECSAuto: 
1/60 - 1/2000 
60i/30p: 1/4 - 1/10000 
24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
Slow & Quick Motion FunctionNA
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)Close to F8 @ 60i
Minimum Illumination1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
Gain Selection-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Smear Levelno smear (CMOS)

Monitoring SpecificationsDetail:
Viewfinder0.45 inch type Color LCD (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3[RGB] x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
Built-In LCD Monitor3.2 inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, (1920 x 480) hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio

Lens SpecificationsDetail:
Lens MountNA

Included Lens SpecificationsDetail:
Zoom Ratio SelectableSony G Lens 
20x (optical), servo/manual, 30x (digital) when {D.EXTENDER} is set to [ON]
Focal Lengthf = 4.1 to 82mm (3/16 - 3¼ in.)
(f = 29.5 to 590 mm in 16:9 mode, f = 36.1 to 722 mm in 4:3 mode 35mm equivalent)
IrisF1.6 to F16 and Close, auto/manual selectable
Maximum Relative Aperture1: 1.6
FocusAuto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infi nity/AF assist/focus macro)
Filter ThreadM72 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens)

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