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Sony HVR-Z7P HDV Camcorder (PAL)


The Sony HVR-Z7P is a PAL HDV handheld camcorder featuring a lens mount. Previously unheard of for such a compact unit, the HVR-Z7P incorporates the convenience of a handheld camcorder with the flexibility of larger ENG cameras. 

The camera can also record directly to compact flash cards, via the camera's supplied memory recording unit. Combined with Sony's entire family of HDV products, the HVR-Z7P is a great camcorder for almost any production, including documentaries, news, low-budget movies, music videos, and industrials.

Note! Note! PAL camera, not compatible with US (NTSC) TV systems

Interchangeable Lenses

Users get the best of both worlds with this innovative camcorder. The HVR-Z7P's unique design is the first of its kind; a handheld camera with interchangeable lens capability. Whether you are filming a movie or shooting a documentary, the HVR-Z7P has it covered.

ClearVID 3CMOS Technology

Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals.

Record to Compact Flash

The camera comes with an attachable recording unit, allowing users to record HDV and DV to CompactFlash cards. With cards getting larger and larger in capacity, the ability to take advantage of tapeless workflow while still using cheap media is a welcome addition.

High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV

The HDV format, used in the HVR-Z7P allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes. This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs and satellite television.

HDMI Output

Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video signals. Sony has upped the ante by incorporating this into the already extensive array of video output choices on the HVR-Z7P. Connect the camera to any HDTV via this interface and view all your footage the way it was meant to be seen: purely digital!




Signal System

HDV: 1080/50i, 1080/25p
DVCAM/DV: 480/50i (PAL)

Image Device

1/3" 3CMOS Exmor Sensor system


Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens, 12x (Optical)
f = 4.4-52.8mm
f = 32-384mm at 16:9 mode
f = 39.5-47.4mm (4:3 mode)
filter diameter: 72mm

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Not Specified by Manufacturer

Horizontal Resolution

1080 Lines


Not Specified By Manufacturer

Minimum Illumination

1.5 lux (Auto Gain, Auto Iris, 1/30 Shutter)

Vertical Smear

Not Specified by Manufacturer

Built-in Filters

Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

LCD Monitor

3.2", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 1 MegaPixel Xtrafine LCD


0.45", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 852 x 480 Resolution

Scan Matching


Memory Card Slot

MemoryStick Duo Media

Shutter Speed Range

Auto: 1/60-1/2000

60i/30p: 1/4-1/10000
24p: 1/3 – 1/10000

Gain Selection

0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB



Tape Format

DVCAM Small Cassette
HDV Record and Play
DVCAM Record and Play
DV Record and Play

Tape Speed

HDV: 18.8 mm/s
DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
DV SP Mode: 18.8 mm/s

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Not Specified by Manufacturer

Maximum Recording Time

HDV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
DVCAM: 41 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)
DV: 63 min (with PHDVM-63DM Cassette)



Audio Dynamic Range

Not Specified by Manufacturer

Audio Signal Format

MPEG1 Audio Layer II
16-bit/48kHz 2 Channel Mode
12-bit/32kHz 4 Channel Mode

Audio Frequency Response

20Hz to 20kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio

Not Specified by Manufacturer



Input and Output Connectors

Composite: 10-Pin Video/Audio (x1 Output)
Component: Special Connector (x1 Output)
FireWire/i.LINK: 6-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
XLR Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female, 2-Channel
Headphone: Stereo Mini-Jack

Power Requirements

Battery Pack: 7.2 VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4 VDC

Power Consumption

HDV: 7.2W

Operating Temperature

32-104°F (0-40°C)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

Not Specified By Manufacturer


5.3 lbs (2.4kg)



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