Sony : Product Information : HVR

Sony : Product Information : HVR
1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Professional HDV
Introducing a truly amazing new compact professional
HDV camcorder from Sony. The HVR-Z5E 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, colour
and contrast, for breathtaking images.
3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor ™ system utilising the technology of Exmor™ provides excellent low-light sensitivity. This new compact camcorder is ideal when high
performance in available 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 HVR-Z5E’s standard features include 1080/25p
HDV native progressive recording modes.
Sony’s new cutting-edge HYBRID recording system offers use of an optional HVR-DR60 or HVR-MRC1K.
This allows simultaneous recording of HDV and/or
standard DV/DVCAM to dual media for improved NLE
and archive workflow efficiency.
Major "G Lens" Features on HVR-Z5E
• The 29.5mm wide-angle "G Lens" (equivalent to
35mm film) on the HVR-Z5E offers a field of view
that’s ideal for shooting situations ranging from
broad landscape shots to conditions where sufficient distance from the subject is difficult to obtain. A 20x optical zoom also enables shooting
over a wide zoom range.
• Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations caused by differences
in light refraction to minimise colour fringing. The
advanced 10-group, 15-element lens structure
also includes compound aspheric lenses for images that are crisp and clear even when shooting
movies at high zoom ratios.
sharper images with higher resolution and less
noise even when shooting in very low light.
• The six-blade iris diaphragm is nearly circular, enabling the creation of extremely beautiful background blur.
Natural-touch Lens Operation
Newly designed focus, zoom and iris control functions
provide convenient lens operation. The iris ring, located next to the zoom ring as with traditional professional lenses, allows users to adjust exposure with
great precision. The zoom function is variable and can
be controlled by using the lens barrel ring, the lever
at the lens grip or lever on the camera handle. Additionally, once you select the high-speed zoom mode,
you can zoom from wide to telephoto 1.5x faster than
with the HVR-V1E.
The HVR-Z5E also provides 3 built-in ND (Neutral
Density) filters and allows the use of an optional 0.8x
wide conversion lens.
1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system
The newly developed 1/3-inch type 3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor system has 45-degree rotated pixels on each
chip in order to increase the signal density, while each
pixel maintains sufficient surface area.
In combination with Enhanced Imaging Processor™
(EIP), the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system achieves
high resolution, high sensitivity, wide dynamic range,
and excellent colour reproduction. The pixel shift interpolation technique has been traditionally used in
small 3CCD camcorders. However, it normally requires the combination of all three colour element
(RGB) signals to maximise resolution. If an object
lacks one or more colour elements, the resolution of
the object may be degraded.
The 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system is different because it can always produce maximum resolution, regardless of the balance between colour elements,
thanks to its unique and sophisticated interpolation
• Advanced optical lens technology makes the most
of Sony’s 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor to realise
Enhanced functionality with the technology of
Exmor technology, which utilises the full potential of
the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system. Exmor features
the column-parallel A/D conversion technique and the
dual noise cancelling method also used in the Sony’s
top-of-the-line models.
Multiple A/D (analogue to digital) converters on each
pixel row convert analogue signals to digital as soon
as they are generated, unlike traditional technology
that only has one A/D converter on each chip.
Exmor technology can eliminate the influence of external noise that enters the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. This significantly enhances shooting in low-light environments.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the new
1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enables the
HVR-Z5E to achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5
* At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain
Switchable Recording and Playback - HDV1080i/
The HVR-Z5E can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM
and standard DV recording, providing the ultimate
flexibility to suit your production needs. 60Hz operation for 1080/60i/24p/30p plus SD 480i is available
through a chargeable service upgrade
Selectable Progressive Modes
The HVR-Z5E has two types of progressive shooting
• 25p HDV Native Progressive Recording Mode
The HVR-Z5E camcorders newly feature 25p native progressive recording mode. The 3 ClearVid
CMOS Sensor system and EIP create true 1080p
images, which can then be recorded as progressive signals by the HVR-Z5E camcorder in HDV
The progressive HDV stream can be output from
an i.LINK connector and used for progressive editing with compatible NLE software. Native progressive recording modes are suitable for output
to film, CG composition, viewing on a progressive
monitor, or as an Internet movie. Note: interlaced
video is output from connectors other than i.LINK.
• 25p Progressive Scan Mode
In this mode, the 1080p image captured by the 3
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system is also recorded as
an interlaced signal by dividing each frame into
two fields. This enables compatibility with current
editing and monitoring equipment that only accept interlaced signals, while maintaining the
quality of the 1080p image.
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production
Output a down-converted video signal through the
i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors. This
allows users to edit recorded material with a
compatible non-linear editing system using current DV
editing software, as well as record SD signals to an
external VTR.
* Letterbox mode is not available from the i.LINK connector. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to
designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will
necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony service centre.
Versatile Audio Input Selection
The HVR-Z5E features versatile audio input selection
with a newly designed high-quality built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input channels for
professional microphones or connecting to an
external-line audio source.
By adjusting the INPUT ASSIGN switch located on the
side panel of the HVR-Z5E, you can easily assign the
2 audio input channels to the built-in stereo
microphone, external-line audio, or dedicate one
channel to each and record them separately or mixed.
When assigned to one channel, the built-in stereo microphone acts as a wide-directional monaural microphone.
The high quality ECM-XM1 monaural microphone is a
supplied accessory with the HVR-Z5E.
XtraFine™ LCD Panel
A 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVRZ5E in the same position as on the HVR-Z1E. With approximately 921,000 pixels, this is 4x greater than
the LCD of the HVR-Z1E. The XtraFine LCD displays
virtually 100% of the recorded picture area at 6500K
colour temperature.
XtraFine EVF
The 0.45 inch type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View
Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels
(852x3[RGB]x480). This device has three independent LEDs for Red, Green, and Blue colours. This technology allows users to monitor objects with remarkable colour reproduction accuracy and high resolution*. The EVF has a selectable display mode between
Colour or Black and White. The Xtra Fine EVF displays
virtually 100% of the picture area at 6500K colour
* When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an
object in the screen moves quickly, the primary colours of R/G/B may be seen on the object in the EVF
InfoLITHIUM™ L Series Battery Compatibility
The HVR-Z5E uses the same batteries as the HVRZ1E, HVR-V1E, and DSR-PD170P, so you can use your
existing chargers and batteries.
HDMI output connector
Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are
output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning HD images on an HDMI-compatible monitor display. During shooting, a pre-compressed 1920x1080i/
4:2:2 signal is output from the HDMI connector
Two Accessory Shoe Connectors
The HVR-Z5E features two accessory shoe connectors.
One is a cold shoe on the top of the microphone unit
at the front, and the other is a screw-hole type shoe
located on the handle. The rear side shoe can be
changed to a cold shoe using supplied parts.
One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it
easy to attach and remove the microphone for quick
Smooth WB (white balance)
The Smooth WB feature is a smooth transition white
balance system that avoids unnaturally sudden colour
temperature changes between preset white balance
settings. This function is useful when you move from
an artificial, low-light environment inside a building,
to bright natural sunlight outside.
Smooth Gain
The Smooth Gain function is a smooth transition gain
system that avoids sudden brightness changes caused
by manual gain-level adjustment. With this function,
the brightness changes gradually when the gain-level
position is switched and avoids any sudden, unwanted
iris adjustment.
Negative Gain
Negative gain settings of -6 and -3 dB have also been
added to help reduce sensitivity under bright lighting
conditions. When the iris needs to be opened to create a short depth of field, a suitable brightness level
can be achieved with this function.
AGC Range Configuration
The range of the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) function can be set by assigning its upper and lower limits. The use of minus gain can be achieved by setting
the lower limit of the AGC. Once MINUS AGC is set to
ON, the minimum AGC parameter is set to approximately -3dB. If you set it to OFF, the minimum AGC
parameter set to 0dB.
Advanced Histogram
The Histogram Indicator for brightness can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing
operators to easily evaluate the brightness of captured images. A target window appears in the centre
of the screen and the brightness level is indicated by
a vertical red line in the histogram. The zebra
indicator level appears as a yellow vertical line in the
histogram as a reference for proper exposure.
Picture Profile™
Up to six different picture-quality settings, including
gamma and colour settings can be registered in the
memory as picture profiles.
Colour Depth
Generally, the brightness of a video image increases
as the colour level becomes more vivid. In these new
camcorders, the brightness and colour level are processed independently so that more flexible tone - for
instance, a dark image with vivid colour - is realized
by 3D-LUT* colour processing.
Colour Correction
The Colour Correction function of the HVR-Z1E has
been improved in the HVR-Z5E. Colour Correction
provides two functions for creative shooting. The Colour Extraction function can retain up to two desired
colours of monitored pictures on the screen, while
making all other colours black and white. The advanced function allows users to select the colour
simply by pressing a button to memorize the centre
colour of the captured image
The Colour Revision function can change the hue of
the colour specifically designated by the Colour Extraction function. This function is good not only for
creating impressive images, but also for blue or green
screen shooting in order to normalize uneven colour.
The colour data is stored in each Picture Profile so
that users can select the most suitable colour setting
for each shooting situation.
WB (White Balance) Shift
The WB Shift function allows users to create a custom
colour or to adjust the colour temperature of the camcorder. There are two WB Shift options to choose
• LB-CC type: adjusting the LB axis (colour temperature) and CC filter effect.
• R-B level type: adjusting the red and blue levels
Skintone Detail
This function allows users to change the sharpness of
an object with a specific colour, and is particularly
good for making skin tones look more natural. The
target colour can be specified by controlling the
Phase/Range/Saturation/Y Level/Y Range parameters
or by pressing a button to specify the colour of an object with a colour picker. If the sharpness of the background object is decreased, the blur looks more
Smooth Slow Rec
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the HVR-Z5E camcorder enables smooth slow-motion playback of images capturing 4x faster than normal (200 fields/s).
In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for
three seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory,
and then recorded to tape (in either HDV, DVCAM, or
DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 12
This allows recorded images to be checked immediately in the field. Picture quality is slightly degraded
due to high-speed capture, but it’s much better than
converting standard definition images to slow motion
using NLE software. This function is ideal for sports or
nature photography, where the action can be viewed
more easily in slow motion, and opens up many creative possibilities.
*Audio cannot be recorded while shooting in this
Shot Transition Function
The shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. After you have programmed a
shot’s START and END point settings (e.g., for zoom,
focus, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance) and
pressed the start button, a smooth picture transition
takes place over the duration of the shot by automatically calculating intermediate setting values. This is
very useful when complex camera settings are required during the scene transition. - for example,
when panning the camcorder from a distant object to
a close object. Transition types can be selected from a
choice of "LINEAR", "SOFT STOP", and "SOFT TRANS",
transition time can be set from 2 to 90 seconds, and
start delay time can be selected from 5, 10 and 20
Assignable features
The HVR-Z5E provides seven ASSIGN buttons for
quick access to frequently used functions suitable for
variable shooting conditions. Some default functions
are pre-assigned by name. The assignable functions
are AE shift, Back Light, Colour Bars, Digital Extender,
End Search, Expanded Focus, Fader, Focus Macro,
Hyper Gain, Index Mark, Last Scene Review, Marker,
Peaking, Photo, Picture Profile, Push AT Iris, REC
Review, Ring Rotate, Shot Transition, Smooth Slow
REC, Spot Light, Steady Shot, TC Reset, TC Count Up
and Zebra.
Sony’s exclusive high-performance "G Lens"
The HVR-Z5E benefits from the exceptional optical
performance of Sony’s "G Lens". This sophisticated
lens incorporates Sony’s unique optical technology
and unparalleled quality control. Moreover, it’s been
optimized to perfectly complement the advanced image sensor and image-processing technology, thus
expanding your shooting possibilities.
1/3inch ClearVid CMOS Processor
Newly developed 1/3inch x 3 ClearVid CMOS processor offers high resolution, high sensitivity, wide
dynamic range and excellent colour reproduction.
• Offers greater resolution than existing pixel-shift
technologies regardless of the balance between
colour elements.
• Offers great low-light capabilities especially important for camera operators who cannot control
their ambient lighting, e.g. wedding
• Lower power consumption than traditional CCD’s.
• ’Exmor’ technology employed in the the new
CMOS processor reduces noise in the A/D process.
Selectable 25p Progressive Modes
The HVR-Z7E offers the ability to choose between a
25p scanning mode (sames as HVR-V1E) but also a
25p ’native’ recording mode. In this native recording
mode the picture is both scanned and recorded as a
progressive image.
• Further improves the progressive reproduction by
both scanning and recording progressively.
• Provides further flexibility of use. e.g. The camera
can be used for a variety of applications from
budget-movie making in 25p mode to standard
interlace TV productions.
• Offers camera operators the use of the progressive ’filmic look’, coupled with gamma curve correction makes the camera ideal for movie
HYBRID Solution for Media, Format & Workflow
The HVR-Z5E is ready for HYBRID operation with the
optional HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit. In
HYBRID operation you can simultaneously record
video footage and audio to tape and to a standard
CompactFlash (CF) card. This will allow an operator to
shoot HD on tape and CF card, SD on tape and CF
card or HD on tape and SD on CF card - depending on
their requirements.
The HVR-Z5E has a special shoe connector* for direct
attachment of the HVR-MRC1K without the use of a
cable. This smart combination never interferes with
shooting operations. The ergonomically integrated
design provides easier handling in any shooting situation. The HVR-MRC1K automatically synchronises
with the recording commands of the HVR-Z5E.
Various recording options are available when using
the HVR-MRC1K in HYBRID operation. These include
Synchronous recording, Relay recording or HVRMRC1K only recording.
Furthermore, the HVR-Z5E can display HVR-MRC1K
status information on its LCD for convenient reference. The display data includes Connection status,
REC status and the remaining CF recording time. It is
very convenient to be able to monitor the HVRMRC1K’s operation without having to check the rear
display panel.
* The intelligent shoe connector inputs and outputs
an HDV/DV stream and supplies power to the Memory
Recording Unit HVR-MRC1K. The i.LINK connector is
not available when the unit is attached to the
Technical Specifications
Camera section
Built-in filter
Imaging system
Picture elements
White balance
Manual shutter speed
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
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
1/3 inch-type, progressive 3
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with technology of
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels
(effective), approx.
1,120,000 pixels (total)
Auto, manual (focus ring/
one push auto/infinity/AF
assist/focus macro)
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/
Auto 1/50 - 1/2000
Manual 1/4 - 1/10000
-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18,
21 dB
Illumination 1.5 lux (auto
gain, auto iris, 1/25 shutter)
VTR section
Recording format
Play out/Down conversion format
Playback/Recording time
XLR audio input
Digital video output
Built-in output
LCD view finder
LCD monitor
0.45 inch-type (Viewable
area measured diagonally),
approx. 1,226,880 dots (852
x 3[RGB] x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
3.2 inch-type (Viewable area
measured diagonally),
XtraFine LCD, approx.
921,600 dots, hybrid type,
16:9 aspect ratio
Dimension (W x H x D)
Power requirements
HDV1080/50i/25p, DVCAM,
DV SP 576/50i (PAL)
HDV1080/50i/25p, DVCAM,
DV SP 576/50i (PAL)
HDV/DV SP: Max. 63 min
with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM: Max. 41 min with
PHDVM-63DM cassette
Power consumption
Battery operating time
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Audio/Video output
HDV/DV input/output
and unbalanced audio x2ch
with the supplied cables)
i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394,
XLR 3-pin female x 2ch
Stereo mini jack (ø3.5 mm)
Stereo mini-mini jack (ø2.5
HDMI connector
Approx. 2.2 kg (5 lb 1 oz)
(w/o tape, battery)
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)
DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC
8.4 V (AC adaptor)
HDV Approx. 7.1 W (with
ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder
DVCAM/DV Approx. 6.8 W
(with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
HDV 395min (NP-970)
DVCAM/DV 415min (NP-970)
0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
-20 to 60 °C (-4 to 140 °F)
10-pin connector A/V OUT
jack (component, composite
SH - L32W B P
LCD Hood
Batteries and Power Supplies
2N P - F 970/ B
Info-Lithium Battery Twin Pack
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack
Intelligent Quad Battery Charger and Dual
AC adaptor
LC S- G 1B P
Soft Carry Case
L C H- G T 1 BP
Hard Shell Carrying Case
LC S- B P 1B P
Soft Backpack Style Carrying Case
VC T- P G 11R M B
V C T - S P 1 BP
Extendable Monopod Camcorder Support
VC T- 1B P
Bracket For Camera Rear Mount
V C T - S P 2 BP
Multi-function Camcorder Shoulder Support
Remote Controls
R M - 1B P
RM- 1 0 0 0 BP
LANC Remote Commander
Remote Commander
H VR - M R C 1K
HV R- D R 6 0
Compact Flash Memory Recording Unit
Portable Hard Disk Recording Unit
Camera Adaptors
V C L - HG 0 8 7 2 K
LED Battery Video Light
Wide Conversion Lens
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