Sony HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder PAL

by Sony
Sony HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder PAL
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a handheld HDV camcorder with an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording. It's designed for documentaries, general TV production, low-budget movies, music videos, IPTV, education, or corporate videography applications.

See also : Sony PMW-300K1 camcorder with interchangeable lens mount system


HDV hand-held camcorder featuring a lens mount.
Directly record to compact flash cards, via the camera's supplied memory recording unit.


Camera section

Supplied Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 12x (optical), f = 4.4 to 52.8 mm, f = 32.0 to 384 mm* at 16:9 mode, f = 39.5 to 474 mm* at 4:3 mode, filter diameter: 72 mm

Built-in filter: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

Imaging system: 1/3-inch, progressive 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with Exmor technology

Picture elements: Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)

Focus: Auto,manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity/AF assist/ focus macro)

White balance:
Auto, one-push auto (A/B positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (selectable level -7 to +7, approx. 500K/step), manual WB Temp (selectable 2300K to 15000K, 100K/step)

Manual shutter speed:
Auto: 1/50 - 1/1750
Manual: 50i/25p: 1/3 - 1/10000

Gain: -6, -3, 0 , 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB

Minimum illumination: 1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/25 shutter)

VTR section

Recording format: HDV1080/50i, DVCAM, DV SP 576/50i (PAL)
Play out/Down conversion format: HDV1080/50i, DVCAM, DV SP 576/50i (PAL)
Playback/Recording time:
HDV/DV SP: Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM: Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette

Input/Output connectors

Audio/Video output: 10-pin connector A/V OUT jack (composite, unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cable)
Component video output: Component out jack (special connector)
HDV/DV input/output: i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 6-pin)
XLR audio input: XLR 3-pin female x 2ch
Headphone: Stereo mini jack (d3.5 mm)
LANC: Stereo mini-mini jack (d2.5 mm)
Digital video output: HDMI connector

Built-in output devices

LCD viewfinder: 0.45-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852x480x3[RGB]), 16:9 aspect ratio

LCD monitor: 3.2-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio


Mass: Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) (w/ the supplied lens, w/o tape, battery)
Power requirements: DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption HDV: Approx. 7.0 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Power consumption DVCAM/DV: Approx. 6.8 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Operating temperature: 0 to 40 oC (32 to 104 oF)
Storage temperature: -20 to +60 oC (-4 to 140 oF)

Supplied memory recording unit

Recording media: CompactFlash card (2GB or bigger, 133x or faster) (not supplied)
File system: FAT32
File format HDV: .M2T
File format DVCAM/DV: .AVI (DV-AVI, type 1) or .DV (Raw-DV)
special hot shoe
i.LINK-6pin (on the supplied cradle)
DC power input (on the supplied cradle)
infoLITHIUM L series battery slot (on the supplied cradle)

In the Box

12x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
AC-VQ1050 Adapter/Charger
NP-F570 infoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack
CR2025 Lithium Battery
A/V Connecting Cable
Component Video Cable
Lens Hood with Cover
Shoe Adapter
Shoe Kit
Eye Cup
RMT-831 Wireless Remote Commander
ECM-XM1 Monaural Electolet Condenser Microphone
Sony HVR-Z7 Operating Instructions CD-ROM
HVR-MRC1 Memory Recording Unit Kit


Reviewed by 9 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Sony HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Nigeria on
This is great in all productions. it is well.
Rating: 5.0
Rating: 5.0
By from zimbabwe on
out of this world, in zimbabwe its doing wonders. got it 4 days after purchase
Sony HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Dar es Salaam on
The camera is excellent for all your small filming requirements.As soon
as the camera was received,we filmed an commercial for one of the biggest
telecom in our country and the output was excellent.Its sure value for
money and one should stop looking for other expensive products. The
service of GMP was exceptional.I got my cameras in 4 working days.As I
was the first buyer and this was the first time I was buying from any
e-commerce website,I was afraid after I sent my money and had my
reservations of getting the stuff after paying but within 24hrs I was
able to track my payments and the shipments.It was a wonderful
experience.I have placed more orders with GMP now.
Supply of similar equipment
Rating: 5.0
By from Sydney on
This is an excellent product,one of my friends owns one. Please quote me
for the following: Sony PD 170 DVCAM x 2 2 big batteries and charger for
each camera Safe bag for the camera A wide angle len for each camera
Tripods I pray that this will help as i need them soon. Regards, Perry.
Sony HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Brussels- Belgium on
It is the 3th time that i purchased at Globalmedia pro. From 30 to 40 %
sheaper than in Europe. With the garantee, no problem all over the world.
The HVR-Z7 works perfect, very good camera, and easy to use. The handling
of this camera is identical to the camera "Pro-broadcast". It is well
balanced and the image quality is breathtaking.
Merci Globalmediapro
Rating: 5.0
By from Guadeloupe on
Rien a dire, J'ai economise un peu plus de 1000 EUR en achetant
chez Globalmediapro, malgre les taxes diverses arrivez en Guadeloupe.
Emballage impeccable, matos top, livraison en 3 jours avec Fedex.
Vous pouvez y aller, maison de confiance.
Good professional camera
Rating: 5.0
By from Finland on
An excellent camera that has professional-style controls. I shoot mostly
in Standard Definition, and SD quality is much better than with Sony
HVR-Z1. There is just a little overshoot in edges with heavy contrast.
It's a good idea to use -6 dB as your default gain setting as this will
reduce noise a bit.
Great Camera
Rating: 5.0
By from Tasmania on
A great all round camera, easy to use and a good step towards ENG
cameras. Picture quality is fantastic and recording to compact flash is
such a good thing.

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