Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL

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Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
See also : Sony PXW-X160 XDCAM HD Camcorder

The Sony HVR-Z5 is a compact professional HDV camcorder designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. The camcorder features a new "G Lens" system, native progressive recording capabilities, high sensitivity for low-light conditions and other features designed for video production professionals.


Camera section

Lens: Sony G Lens, 20x (optical), f = 4.1 to 82mm, f = 29.5 to 590 mm at 16:9 mode, f = 36.1 to 722 mm at 4:3 mode, filter diameter: 72mm
Built-in filter: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Imaging system: 1/3 inch-type, progressive 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with technology of Exmor
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 - 1/2000, Manual 1/4 - 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/25p, DVCAM, DV SP 576/50i (PAL)
Play out/Down conversion format: HDV1080/50i/25p, 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 (component, composite and unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cables)
HDV/DV input/output: i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-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 view finder: 0.45 inch-type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3[RGB] x 480), 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. 2.2 kg (5 lb 1 oz) (w/o tape, battery)
Dimension (W x H x D): Approx.169 x 188 x 451mm (6 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 17 7/8inch) (with lens hood, microphone and large eye cup)
Power requirements: DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption:
HDV Approx. 7.1 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
DVCAM/DV Approx. 6.8 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
Battery operating time:
HDV 395min (NP-970)
DVCAM/DV 415min (NP-970)
Operating temperature: 0 to 40 oC (32 to 104 oF)
Storage temperature: -20 to 60 oC (-4 to 140 oF)

In the Box

AC-VQ1050 AC adaptor/charger
NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack
A/V multi-connecting cable
Component A/V cable
Lens hood with lens cover
Lithium battery (CR2025)
Shoe adaptor
Large size eye-cup
RMT-831 wireless remote commander
ECM-XM1 monaural electret condenser microphone
Sony HVR-Z5 manual


Reviewed by 21 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Lusaka, Zambia on
Two weeks after arrival we are putting the Z5 to good use. So far it is giving us the required quality picture and sound. A few challenges in balancing up two cameras on set.
Rating: 5.0
By from QATAR on
IT was good experience for me to buy from global mediapro,and really they are a pro people.
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from oeil2 on
I have made some trial shots and tests, and this camcorder fully meets my expectations!
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Byron Bay, Australia on
The camera is easy to operate and delivers outstanding movie quality. I chose this model because it comes with an extra external microphone and a second XLR input. It delivered convincing results in concert recordings.
Einkauf bei Globalmedia war bestens ...
Rating: 5.0
By from Germany on
Die Z 5 ist eine wirklich durchdachte und perfekte Kamera, die voll meinen Ansprüchen im privaten Bereich genügt.
Die Bedienung und das Handling sind einfach klasse,
die Bildqualität auch. Leider war die Menuesprache nur Englisch, das geht aber voll ok!
Danke an GMpro ... mfG James
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Suisse on
j'ai bien reçu la caméra en 3 à 4 jours
elle est en très bon état et le prix défie toute concurrence
et je pense acheter une autre caméra très bientôt
очень хорошая камера
Rating: 5.0
By from Potugal on
Excellent camera, foarte buna cameră, muito boa, очень хорошая камера
Achat caméra HVR Z5
Rating: 4.0
By from Martinique on
J'ai effectué la commande de ce camescope. Il m'est parvenu en temps utile. J'en suis satisfait d'autant plus que j'ai eu à communiquer avec l'équipe technique qui m'a répondu rapidement et conseillé sur l'une de mes demandes.
Félicitations à Globalmédia pro.
a very good little camera
Rating: 4.0
By from italy on
a very good little camera
camera in ottime condizioni, tutto ok
Rating: 5.0
By from cagliari (italy) on
la camera è arrivata in ottime condizioni, tutto ok
best camera
Rating: 5.0
By from Norway on
I have bought this item from globalmedia pro.Best picture, life like
Skutocne profesional !!!
Rating: 5.0
By from Kolarovice - Slovakia on
Mam tuto kameru uz vyse dvoch mesiacov a som snou nadmieru spokojny.
Optika je velmi dobra lebo nepotrebujete sirokouhlu predsadku oproti inym
kameram. V slabych svetelnych podmienkach pracuje taktiez velmi dobre co
som si uz viac krat vyskusal. Zvuk je excelentny a externy mikrofon
pracuje tiez velmi dobre... jednoducho Z5 doporucujem...
Very good solution for this little money
Rating: 5.0
By from Germany on
I very like the high resolution of the display and the finder. Nice
filmlike pictures. All needed features, but no TC and Genlock.
Tleskam Zetpetce
Rating: 5.0
By from Brno, Czech on
Je to skutecne mimoradne zdarily kousek. Velmi se mi za tu kratkou dobu,
co ji vlastnim osvedcila programovatelna tlacitka (mam pod nimi napr.
Peak, Smooth slow motion, Focus Extender...) ale kazdy si muze vybrat sam
z asi tricitky funkci. Vyborne jsou i profily - podarilo se mi tam
"simulovat" PD170ku, kterou uz mam dele a pocitam s tim, ze budu tocit
casto na obe... Ma vyborne sklo a na prvni dojem me ohromila kvalita
opticke stabilizace. Mohl bych pokracovat jeste dlouho, a stejne bych na
neco zapomnel... Muzu tedy jen doporucit.
Sony Z5
Rating: 5.0
By from Hoornaar on
I live in The Netherlands and received everything within a month.
Excellent service!
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Czech Republic on
everythink OK
Outstanding HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Hilversum, Holland on
This is a perfect camera to shoot documentaries. I have already shoot a
lot of tapes, without any problems. Editing is not a problem in Adobe
Premiere CS4. In this moment I'm busy with a short story of 2 comicbook
writers/artists, who are very popular here in Holland. The DVD I shoot is
in HD, and will be used as an extra item for collector's when the new
comicbook will be printed next year.The result till now is great. The
zoom and also the excellent sharpness is outstanding. By the way, the
packaging by GlobalmediaPro and the speed of the FedEx also where great.
Within 5 days it arrived in Holland. The only minuspoint where the Dutch
Customers, they were slow. It tooks still 10 days before the parcel
arrived at my home. To track the package is outstanding and always up to
date. So far so good. Till an other ordered item, I would say. Thanks,
GlobalMediaPro. Henk Gulikers, cameraman,director. (retired) Hilversum,
Sony HVRZ5
Rating: 5.0
By from belgium on
perfect transaction, fast delivery, excellent camera, solid, easy use in
any condition,...
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from Estonia Europa on
Good service, very good. Excellent camera. God bless you!
Sony HVR-Z5
Rating: 5.0
By from Geneva/Switzerland on
I received my Sony HVR-Z5 in 5 days, and everything was perfect. Really
Sony HVR-Z5 HDV Camcorder PAL
Rating: 5.0
By from CZ on
Jsem velmi spokojen s nakupem i vcasnym dodanim videokamery. Tez jsem
objednal Sony HVR-MRC1K Compact Flash Memory Recording Unit. vse probehlo
k me naproste spokojenosti a bez nejmensich problemu. k recenzi kamery :
vyborna nahrada za podobny model Z1 a k tomu dalsi ovladaci prvky, ktere
z teto kamery dela profesionalni nastroj. Nebudu zde popisovat jednotliva
zlepseni oproti Z1, kazdy muze porovnet na inter. strankach, ale muzu
vsem doporucit tento opravdu skvele pracujici nastroj pro narocne
kameramany. Jen si neodpustim sve prekvapeni z velmi kvalitniho
sirokouhleho objektivu.

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