Sony HVRZ5E Datasheet

Sony HVRZ5E Datasheet
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
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
Sony’s new cutting-edge
HYBRID recording system
offers use of an optional
This allows simultaneous
recording of HDV and/
or standard DV/DVCAM
to dual media for
improved NLE and archive
workflow efficiency.
Sony is continuously
developing and
expanding its HDV line-up
in response to profes­
sional user feedback.
Advanced Camera and Recorder Features
Cutting-edge Imaging System for New Camcorders
Sony’s Exclusive New High-performance “G Lens”
1/3 Inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor System
Discover 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 optimised to perfectly complement the
advanced image sensor and image-processing technology.
Achieve the best content possible with the utmost precision of
Sony’s “G Lens”.
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
› 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.
› Advanced optical lens technology makes the most of Sony’s
3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor to realise 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.
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 technology.
Enhanced Functionality with the Technology of Exmor
The new HVR-Z5E includes cutting-edge features
such as Sony’s 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-theline 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 lux*
* At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain
Optional Memory
Recording Unit
New “G Lens”
Switchable Recording and Playback – HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV
The HVR-Z5E can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM and
standard DV recording, providing the ultimate flexibility to suit your
production needs.
Built-in Down-converter for SD Production
Creative Versatility
Picture Profile™
Up to six different picture-quality settings, including gamma and
colour settings can be registered in the memory as picture profiles.
The HVR-Z5E can convert material from 1080i down to 575i 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 non-linear editing system using current DV
editing software, as well as record SD signals to an external VTR.
Smooth Slow Rec
* 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.
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.
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.
Operational Versatility
XtraFine™ LCD Panel
A 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVR-Z5E 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
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
XtraFine EVF displays virtually 100% of the picture area at 6500K
colour temperature.
* 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 momentarily.
InfoLITHIUM™ L Series Battery Compatibility
The HVR-Z5E uses the same batteries as the HVR-Z1E, HVR-V1E and
DSR-PD170P, so you can use your existing chargers and batteries.
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).
Shot Transition™ Function
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.
HYBRID Solution for Media, Format and Workflow
The HVR-Z5E is ready for HDV HYBRID operation with the optional
HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit. In HYBRID operation you
can simultaneously record video footage to tape and to a
standard CompactFlash (CF) card. 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 HVR-MRC1K 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 HVR-MRC1K’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 camcorder.
Sony, DVCAM, ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Exmor, Enhanced Imaging Processor, i.LINK,
InfoLITHIUM and their respective logos are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
G Lens, XtraFine, Shot Transition are trademarks of Sony Corporation. HDV and the
HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. All non-metric
weights and measurements are approximate. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners.
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