HVR-Z7E - Planet DV
1/3-inch typr 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor
technology HDV camcorder with interchangeable
lens system recording HD / SD
New flexibility, new features, new opportunities
either standard definition or high definition depending
on your production needs
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production
The HVR-Z7E is the world’s first HDV handheld camcorder with an interchangeable lens system, native
progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording.
A variety of video lenses can be attached to the HVRZ7E, which is equipped with a universal standard
1/3-inch bayonet mount mechanism for the quick
changing of lenses.
Added to this a streamlined nonlinear editing workflow can be achieved using the supplied memory-recording unit, which provides HDV/DVCAM/DV file recording on a standard CompactFlash® solid-state
memory card. This offers customers varying levels of
flexibility and hybrid operation which is becoming an
important requirement in video production.
The HVR-Z7E also features 25p HDV native progressive recording mode and HDMI output.
This new handheld Camcorder further enhances the
operational versatility of the Sony professional HDV
lineup, and opens up a world of possibilities for highdefinition digital video production. Whether it’s for
documentaries, general TV production, low-budget
movies, music videos, IPTV, education, or a wide
range of corporate and event videography applications, Sony’s new HVR-Z7E is ideal.
This product comes with the full PrimeSupport package. That’s fast, hassle-free repairs, a helpline offering expert technical advice, and a free loan unit while
yours is repaired. Plus the peace of mind that Sony is
looking after your equipment – and your business.
Switchable Recording and Playback- HDV1080i/
The HVR-Z7E can switch between HDV1080i, DVCAM,
and DV recording, providing full flexibility to record in
The HVR-Z7E can convert material from 1080i down
to 576i, and output the video signals through its
i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors.
This allows users to edit recorded material with a
compatible nonlinear editing system using current DV
editing software, as well as record SD signals to an
external VTR.
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 low-end 3CCD camcorders. However,
it normally requires the combination of all three colour element (RGB) signals to maximize 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. It
can always produce maximum resolution, regardless
of the balance between colour elements, thanks to its
unique and sophisticated interpolation technology.
Enhanced Functionality via the Technology of
The HVR-Z7E offers cutting-edge features, such as
the technology of "Exmor" developed by Sony, which
utilizes the full potential of the 3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor system.
The technology of "Exmor", which features the
column-parallel A/D conversion technique, is also
used in the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder and
Alpha Digital SLR (Single Lens-Reflex) camera from
Multiple A/D (analog to digital) converters on each
pixel row convert analog signals to digital as soon as
they are generated, unlike traditional technology that
only has one A/D converter on each chip. The technology of "Exmor" 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.
progressive signals by the HVR-Z7E in HDV format.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the new
1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enables the
HVR-Z7E to achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5
Note: interlaced video is output from connectors other
than i.LINK
This will be of extreme importance to customers who
shoot in lighting conditions that they can’t control,
e.g. wedding videographers.
Wide Range of Lenses
The flexible bayonet lens attachment system allows
you to use a wide range of lenses.
Standard 1/3-inch HD video lenses, from manufacturers such as Fujinon and Canon, can be attached directly to the HVR-Z7E.
If you’d like to attach a 2/3-inch or 1/2-inch HD video
lens on to the HVR-Z7E, it is possible to do so by
adding a standard lens adaptor from the lens manufacturer. The HVR-Z7E camcorder has 12-pin lens
connectors allowing compatibility with professional
ENG lenses.
This feature is very useful not only for those who
already have these professional HD video lenses, but
also for those who prefer to use HD digital cinema
lenses for their unique contrast, colour, and
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.
25p Progressive Scan Modes
In these modes, 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 interlace
signals, while maintaining the quality of the 1080p
Progressive scan modes are suitable for feature films,
documentaries, and music videos, which have to be
recorded as interlaced video for viewing on interlaced
monitors, but want to offer a "progressive look" to
their motion.
A streamlined nonlinear editing workflow for HDV
HDV signals can be recorded as a file on non-tape
media. For example, when using the supplied CompactFlash (CF) solid-state memory recording unit images can be stored on a standard CF card for quick
nonlinear editing. The optional HVR-DR60 Hard Disk
Recording Unit can be used in the same manner, with
images being recorded on to its large-capacity 60GB
hard drive, which provides 4.5 hours of recording
Carl Zeiss Lens for HD Video as Standard
A high-quality, multi-purpose Carl Zeiss lens for HD
video comes as standard with the HVR-S270E and
HVR-Z7E. Stunning resolution and contrast is
achieved thanks to the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar™ T*
coating, which suppresses unwanted reflections. A
specially designed wide-angle lens is also available as
an option, to suit a diverse range of shooting
Alpha Lens Compatibility
With a special adaptor from Sony, it is also possible to
use the Alpha lens series designed for Sony Digital
SLR still cameras. By using Alpha lenses in various
configurations, creative effects can be achieved. This
approach is ideal for filmmakers on a budget or those
who already own Alpha lenses.
25p HDV Native Progressive Recording Modes
The HVR-Z7E newly features 25p HDV native progressive recording modes.
The 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system and EIP create
true 1080p images, which can then be recorded as
NEW Interchangeable Lens System
This camcorder is fitted with a new 1/3inch interchangeable lens system allowing customers either to
use the supplied Carl Zeiss lens or use a whole range
of other lenses available on the market.
• This is the first compact camcorder to offer interchangeable lens options.
• Flexible usage- the camera can be used for a
myriad of different applications using different
lenses, from TV work, through to budget movie
making and with the use of still’s lenses, wildlife
• Various optional lens adaptor rings will allow conversion to 1/2inch or 2/3inch, plus an additional
lens adaptor for Sony Alpha lenses.
• The supplied lens features professional operation
with a new manual focus ring and zoom and iris
NEW 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.
NEW 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
• ’Exmor’ technology employed in the the new
CMOS processor reduces noise in the A/D process.
Technical Specifications
Playback/Recording time
Camera section
Supplied Lens
Built-in filter
Imaging system
Picture elements
White balance
Manual shutter speed
Minimum illumination
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
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
1/3-inch, progressive 3
ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with Exmor technology
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 - 1/1750
Manual: 50i/25p: 1/3 1/10000
-6, -3, 0 , 3, 6, 9, 12, 15,
18, 21 dB
1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris,
1/25 shutter)
VTR section
Recording format
Play out/Down conversion format
HDV1080/50i, DVCAM, DV
SP 576/50i (PAL)
HDV1080/50i, DVCAM, DV
SP 576/50i (PAL)
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video output
Component video output
HDV/DV input/output
XLR audio input
Digital video output
10-pin connector A/V OUT
jack (composite, unbalanced
audio x2ch with the supplied
Component out jack (special
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
Built-in output devices
LCD view finder
LCD monitor
0.45-inch type (Viewable
area measured diagonally),
approx. 1,226,880 dots
(852x480x3[RGB]), 16:9 aspect ratio
3.2-inch type (Viewable area
measured diagonally),
XtraFine LCD, approx.
921,600 dots, hybrid type,
16:9 aspect ratio
Power requirements
HDV/DV SP: Max. 63 min
with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM: Max. 41 min with
PHDVM-63DM cassette
Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz)
(w/ the supplied lens, w/o
tape, battery)
DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC
8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption HDV
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Approx. 7.0 W (with ECMXM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Approx. 6.8 W (with ECMXM1 / LCD EVF ON)
0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to 140 °F)
Supplied memory recording unit
Recording media
File system
File format HDV
File format DVCAM/DV
CompactFlash card (2GB or
bigger, 133x or faster) (not
.AVI (DV-AVI, type 1) or .DV
special hot shoe
i.LINK-6pin (on the supplied
DC power input (on the supplied cradle)
infoLITHIUM L series battery
slot (on the supplied cradle)
Supplied Accessories
CF Memory Recording
AC-VQ1050 battery
NP-F570 battery
ECM-XM1 shotgun mic
Operating Instructions
A/V and Component
RM-831 IR remote
Lens hood and lens
Lithium-ion battery
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