Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Digital HD Videocassette Recorder
Interchangeable Lens System, Native
Progressive Recording, and Solid-state
Memory Recording – Sony’s Commitment to
the HDV World Brings a Remarkable Evolution
in Next-generation Products.
Sony is proud to introduce two new HDV™ camcorders that deliver the enhanced functionality professionals have been
waiting for: an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording.
Introducing the HVR-Z7U, the world’s first HDV handheld camcorder that uses 1/3-inch bayonet joint interchangeable
lenses, and the HVR-S270U shoulder-mount camcorder, which supports standard-size cassettes for extended recording times.
A streamlined nonlinear editing workflow can be achieved using the supplied Memory Recording Unit, which
provides HDV/DVCAM/DV file recording on a widely available CompactFlash® solid-state memory card.
These groundbreaking new camcorders feature 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes*1
and they also have HDMI or HD/SD-SDI output.
This next-generation system features the HVR-M35U Video Cassette Recorder, which has HD/SD-SDI output.
These new solutions enhance the operational versatility of the Sony's professional HDV lineup, and open up a world of
possibilities for high-definition digital video production. Whether it’s for documentaries, mainstream news, low-budget movies,
music videos, Internet, education, or a wide range of industrial applications, Sony’s new HDV camcorders are ideal.
*1 In this brochure, “24p” means “23.98p” video signal and “30p” means “29.97p” video signal.
(with supplied lens)
(with ENG lens*)
(with Cinema lens*)
Memory Recording Unit
(supplied with the HVR-Z7U/S270U)
(with supplied lens)
(with ENG lens*)
(with Cinema lens*)
*These lenses, adaptors and matte box sets are not supplied.
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U Common Features
New Lineup Expanding the HDV format World
Sony’s commitment to HDV has resulted in the remarkable
evolution of cutting-edge technology equipment, such as the
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U, which use the popular HDV1080i
recording specification.
The HDV1080i specification uses one of the “MPEG2 Long GOP”
compression profiles. This highly efficient and robust "MPEG2
Long GOP" codec - which is also used in the Sony XDCAM HD
and XDCAM EX series – enables users to record stunning-quality
HD video.
The HVR-Z7U provides over 60 minutes*2 of recording time using
the widely available miniDV videotape. While the HVR-S270U
has the additional option of using standard-size cassettes that
provide over 4.5 hours*3 of continuous recording.
Native editing in the HDV format is now supported by most
popular NLE (Nonlinear editing) software.
Additionally, the HDV signals can be recorded as a file on
non-tape media. For example, when using the supplied
CompactFlash (CF) 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 time.
*2 When Sony's recommended Professional HDV tape DigitalMaster™ model
PHDVM-63DM is used, approx. 63 min. recording time.
*3 When Sony's recommended Professional HDV tape DigitalMaster™ model
PHDV-276DM is used, approx. 276 min. (4 hrs. 36 min.) recording time.
Switchable Recording and
Playback – HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV
The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U can switch between HDV 1080i,
DVCAM, and DV recording, providing full flexibility to record
in either standard definition or high definition depending on
your production needs
Memory Recording Unit (supplied)*
HVR-DR60 (option)
*CF card is not included.
Built-in Down-converter for
SD Production
The HVR-Z7U and S270U can convert material from 1080i
down to 480i, 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.
SD (4:3)
HD (16:9)
Edge crop
*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 office.
Cutting-edge imaging System for New Camcorders
✜ 1/3 inch-type 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor
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 color reproduction.
The pixel shift interpolation technique has been
traditionally used in small 3CCD camcorders. However,
it normally requires the combination of all three color
element (RGB) signals to maximize resolution. If an object
lacks one or more color 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 color elements, thanks to its unique
and sophisticated interpolation technology.
✜ Enhanced Functionality via the
Technology of “Exmor”
Both the HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U offer 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 and the dual
noise cancelling method are also used in other latest
camera products from Sony.
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.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the new
1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system enables the
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U to achieve a low light sensitivity
of just 1.5 lux*.
* at 1/30 shutter, auto iris and auto gain
Current Technology
Technology of “Exmor”
Photo Diodes
Photo Diodes
Pixel Layout
A/D Converter
A/D Converter
A/D Converter
1080 Pixels
Pixels (Photo Diodes)
Signals after interpolation
Photo Diode
Photo Diode
Interchangeable Lens System
Offers Unlimited Possibilities
Various video lenses can be attached to the
HVR-S270U and HVR-Z7U, which are both equipped
with a universal standard 1/3-inch bayonet mount
mechanism for quick changing of lenses.
✜ 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-S270U and HVR-Z7U. 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 requirements.
Optical Zoom Focal Length*4 F number
Standard lens VCL-412BWH (for HVR-Z7U)
VCL-412BWS (for HVR-S270U)
Wide lens
VCL-308BWH (for HVR-Z7U)
VCL-308BWS (for HVR-S270U)
1.6 - 2.0
1.6 - 2.4
*4 These values are calculated to be equivalent to 35 mm film.
✜ Easy-to-use Interchangeable Lens for Fixed-lens
Camcorder Users
These lenses give Sony’s two new HDV camcorders the same
functionality as popular fixed-lens camcorders like the HVR-Z1U and
HVR-V1U, thanks to built-in features such as auto-focus, optical
stabilizer, and automatic back-focus adjustment.
Current users of the above camcorders will easily become adept
at using the HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U, even if they have never used
interchangeable lenses.
✜ Natural-touch Lens Operation
The newly designed focus ring offers two types of manual focus,
plus an auto focus mode that can be easily switched by sliding
the focus ring forward or backward.
When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works in the
same way as the HVR-Z1U, HVR-V1U, and DSR-PD170. In this
case, either manual or auto focus mode can be selected by
the assignable button on the lens. On the other hand, when the
focus ring is set to the rear position, the focus ring has a physical
stop at infinity and works in the same way as a
professional interchangeable lens, with fixed-focus-position and
distance indicators.
Slide Focus Ring
Zoom Ring
Iris Ring
Fast, intuitive manual-zoom response is provided by an internal
gearwheel mechanism that provides accurate zoom positioning.
A high-quality servo-motor provides the smooth zooming
performance that industry professionals have come to rely on.
The iris ring encircles the lens barrel.
Manual iris adjustment is possible with an ENG-type ring system
that allows fine exposure control for challenging lighting situations.
Front : AF/MF
Back : Full MF
AF/MF Mode
Full MF Mode
• Full AF
• MF with One-push AF
• Full MF
(absolute focus position)
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U Common Features
✜ 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-Z7U and HVR-S270U.
If you’d like to attach a 2/3-inch or 1/2-inch HD video lens
on the HVR-Z7U or HVR-S270U, it is possible to do so by
adding a standard lens adaptor from the lens
The HVR-S270U and HVR-Z7U camcorders have 12-pin lens
connectors allowing compatibility with professional ENG
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, color, and atmosphere.
Cinema lens on HVR-S270U with an adaptor
Lens adaptor
Lens Compatibility
With a special adaptor from Sony, it is also possible to use
lens series designed for Sony Digital SLR still
By using
lenses in various configurations, creative effects
can be achieved.
This approach is ideal for filmmakers on a budget or those
who already own
The focal length is doubled with a 2/3-inch lens adaptor
The focal length is increased 1.3 times with a 1/2-inch lens adaptor
lens adaptor
The focal length is increased 7 times with an
Some lenses may not be compatible and not all lens functions may be
Operational Versatility
✜ New Manual Camera settings
Three ND filters (1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U have three built-in ND
(Neutral Density) filters, which help users to reduce light
intensity under bright shooting conditions.
Negative Gain
Smooth WB (White Balance)
The Smooth WB feature is a smooth transition white
balance system that avoids unnatural sudden color
temperature changes between preset white balance
settings. For example, this function is useful when you
move from an artificial, low-light environment inside a
building, to bright natural sunlight outside.
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 can be
achieved with this function.
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
Three ND filters
Shooting Support Functions
Advanced Histogram
Focus Marking
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 center 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 reference for proper exposure.
When the focus position needs to be manually moved to
pre-decided positions, you can put up to two markers
(A and B) on a focus position indicator in the LCD/EVF as
reference points. When the focus position becomes
aligned with one of these markers, it will begin to flash. This
allows you to keep your eye on the subject of your shot,
without having to check the focus indicator on the lens.
Camera Leveling
AE Window
The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U both have a built-in threedimensional gravity (3G) sensor, which detects the horizontal
level of the camcorder and displays it via an indicator in the
LCD/EVF. This digital leveler function makes it possible to obtain
a horizontal level reading even when shooting without a tripod.
Six types of AE (Auto Exposure) can be selected to
automatically adjust the exposure to the most suitable
Type 1
Type 2
Type 3
Type 4
Type 5
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U Common Features
Picture Profile
Up to six different picture-quality settings, including
gamma and color settings, can be registered in the memory as picture profiles. This labor-saving function allows
operators to easily recall customized picturequality settings for various shooting conditions. It is also
useful for matching footage shot at different times or for
multi-camera setups.
The picture-profile functions of the HVR-Z7U and
HVR-S270U include enhanced versions from the HVR-Z1U
or HVR-V1U, plus a selection of new functions.
The Color Revision function can change the hue of only
the color designated by the Color 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 color.
The color data is stored in each Picture Profile so that
users can select the most suitable color setting for each
shooting situation.
Color Depth
Generally, the brightness of a video image increases as
the color level becomes more vivid. In these new
camcorders, the brightness and color level are processed
independently so that more flexible tone – for instance, a
dark image with a vivid color – is realized by 3D-LUT color
Note: 3D-LUT = three-dimensional look-up table
Color Correction
The Color Correction function of the HVR-Z1U has been
improved in the HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U camcorders.
Color Correction provides two functions for creative
shooting. The Color Extraction function can retain up to
two desired colors of monitored pictures in the screen,
while making all other colors black and white. The
advanced function allows users to select the color simply
by pressing a button to memorize the center color of the
captured image.
Improved Microphone
Sound Quality
Color Extraction
Color Revision
Color Correction Images Simulated
WB Shift
The WB (White Balance) Shift function allows users to
create an impressive color or to adjust the color
temperature of the camcorder.
There are two WB Shift options to choose from:
•LB-CC type: adjusting the LB axis (color 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 color, and is particularly good for
making skin tones look more natural. The target color can
be specified by controlling the Phase/Range/Saturation/Y
Level/Y Range parameters or by pressing a button to
specify the color of an object with a color picker.
If the sharpness of the background object is decreased,
the blur looks more natural.
Optional Function
✜ 60i/50i switchable option
✜ New Supplied Monaural Microphone
The supplied ECM-XM1 microphone's S/N ratio is 78 dB, a
sensitivity increase of 14 dB over its predecessor, the
*6 The ECM-NV1 is a supplied microphone with DSR-PD170, DSR-250,
HVR-A1U and HVR-V1U.
Sensitivity (at 1KHz)
-30 dB±3.5 dB*7
-44 dB±4.0 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio
78 dB, typical
70 dB
Frequency Response
50~20,000 Hz
100~15,000 Hz
50i recording mode is added with modification at Sony
service center.
The following functions are added:
HDV1080i recording: 50i, 25p
DVCAM/DV recording: 50i
Please consult your local Sony service center for the cost
of this modification.
Maximum input sound pressure level*8 127 dB SPL, typical 121 dB SPL
Dynamic Range
111 dB, typical
97 dB
*7 0 dB=1 V/Pa. at 1 kHz
*8 0 dB SPL=20 µ Pa.
Selectable Progressive Modes
The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U have two types of progressive shooting modes.
✜ 24p/30p HDV Native Progressive Recording Modes
The HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U camcorders newly feature
24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes.
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-Z7U and HVR-S270U
camcorders in HDV format.
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
✜ 24p/30p 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 image.
When using the “ 24p scan” setting, captured images are
recorded as 60i through means of 2-3 pull-down.
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
It is also possible to edit footage recorded in the “24p
scan” mode as progressive material.
NLE software that is compatible with the “ 24p scan”
mode can remove the 2-3 pull-down, then edit the footage as 24p material.*5
For 30p, most NLE software can output the edited timeline
in progressive format by merging odd and even fields.
*5 When 24p editing is needed with the “ 24p scan” mode, be sure to
select the “ 24A” setting in the“ Scan Type” menu instead of the “ 24”
setting. This setting records the 2-3 pull-down identification data in the
HDV stream, so that compatible NLE software knows when to remove
the 2-3 pull-down cadences. In the 24A setting, interruptions in time
code and video may appear between recordings when viewed on an
HDV device. There is no“24A” setting in DVCAM and DV modes.
1080p or 1080i
1080p or 1080i
Progressive-look Motion
Odd Field
Even Field
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U Common Features
Memory Recording Unit
✜ HDV in IT Workflow by CompactFlash
Memory Recording Unit
The Memory Recording Unit is supplied with each
camcorder to support HDV tape recording.
It captures the HDV1080i, DVCAM, or DV stream output
from the camcorder and records it as movie file while you
are simultaneously recording to tape.
You can use a standard CompactFlash (CF) card*, which
offers secure recording, high-speed access, large data
capacity, removable media convenience, and high
durability against external vibration.
*Not supplied.
The CF card is used for HDV camcorders because the
media is easily obtainable for file recording in the same
way as miniDV tape is easily obtainable for HDV
recording. This general versatility is very important for
those who frequently need to obtain media quickly, such
as someone shooting a documentary or news reports
while moving from city to city.
✜ HDV/DVCAM/DV File Recording on Easily
Obtained CompactFlash Card
The recording time on a 16-GB CF card*9 in HDV, DVCAM
and DV format*10 is approximately 72 minutes.
CF card capacity
Recording time(approximately)
72 minutes
36 minutes
18 minutes
9 minutes
✜ Integration Without Cabling
The Memory Recording Unit can be integrated to the
HVR-Z7U or HVR-S270U without the need for cabling,
simply by attaching it onto the special shoe connector*11.
This smart combination never interferes with shooting
operations. The Memory Recording Unit automatically
synchronizes with the recording action of the
camcorder – i.e., when the camcorder starts or stops
recording, so does the unit.
*11 The intelligent shoe connector inputs and outputs an HDV/DV stream
and supplies power to the Memory Recording Unit. The i.LINK connector
is not available when the unit is attached on the camcorder.
72 min.
16 GB
*9 At least 133x speed and 2-GB capacity is required.
The following CF cards were tested for use in the Memory Recording
Unit.(As of July, 2009)
Extreme III Series 8GB/16GB
Extreme IV Series 8GB/16GB
attached on the HVR-Z7U
Lexar Media
Lexar Professional Series 8GB
Lexar Professional UDMA Series 8GB/16GB
This does not mean that Sony will guarantee the usage of all CF cards
provided by the manufacturers mentioned above.
For specified information and latest CF products, please contact the
CF card manufacturers.
With commonly-used CF cards, there may be rare occasions when
data will not be recorded correctly depending on the products.
If you first use a CF card, it is advisable to test it in advance in the following way.
1) Format the CF card in the Memory Recording Unit.
2) Shoot more than 20 pieces of footage of about 10 seconds each in
HDV recording mode.
3) Import the files into your nonlinear editing software to check if it can
be edited properly.
attached on the HVR-S270U
*10 The recording time may change according to the CF card type
and recording format.
✜ Hybrid Operation Realizes Archiving, IT Workflow, and HD/SD Parallel Recording
The Memory Recording Unit provides a hybrid operation, where images are recorded to tape and a CF card simultaneously,
in a similar fashion to the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit*12.
*12 HVR-DR60 does not accept a native progressive HDV stream. When the Memory Recording Unit is used, the i.LINK connector of the camcorder is disable.
This means you can immediately access a movie file for streamlined NLE work, while keeping the master source tape in a safe place.
The file format is M2T for HDV mode and AVI or RawDV for DVCAM/DV modes.
In the same fashion as HVR-DR60 operation, these files can be edited using
popular NLE software.*13
File Format
DV-AVI(type 1) or Raw-DV
*13 The Memory Recording Unit and HVR-DR60 adopt the FAT32 file system. Continuous recording is divided into 4-GB files (approximately 20 minutes of
recording time). A utility software, available from the Sony website, can merge these divided files for seamless editing on NLEs. Some NLEs include this
function. For details of NLE operation, please consult your nearest NLE software dealer.
In addition, when the built-in down-converter of the connected HDV camcorder is active, SD images can be recorded on a CF
card while HD images are recorded to tape.
HD master tape is recorded and SD movie files are created at the same time.
HDV or DVCAM tape-based users can gradually move to IT workflow with this hybrid-operation.
Tape-less recording is also available if desired.
“HD + HD” Hybrid-Recording
Tape : HDV1080i signal
CF card : HDV1080i signal
“HD + SD” Hybrid-Recording
HD Delivery
M2T file
HDV Editing
Tape : HDV1080i signal
CF card : Down-converted DV signal
“SD + SD” Hybrid-Recording
SD Delivery
DV file
DV Editing
Tape : DVCAM or DV signal
CF card : DV signal
SD Delivery
DV file
DV Editing
HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270U Common Features
File Transfer
CF card
PC with CF card slot
USB connection
CF card
CF card reader(USB)*
PC with USB interface
*Not supplied.
i.LINK connection
CF card
Memory Recording Unit
on the supplied cradle
PC with i.LINK(IEEE1394) connector
Playback from the Memory Recording Unit
Memory Recording Unit
Video output
Memory Recording Unit
on the supplied cradle
Video output
HDV VTR / Camcorder
Note: Interruptions in video out put may appear between recordings during playback thorough the connected HDV/DVCAM/DV device.
✜ Independent Use With the Supplied Cradle
The Memory Recording Unit can be used as an external recording
unit, just like the HVR-DR60, by attaching the supplied cradle that Memory Recording Unit
has an i.LINK connector, battery attachment, and DC power input.
When the Memory Recording Unit is connected to a PC
via i.LINK, it is recognized as an external drive and can be used to
access files. When connected to a video device (such as a VTR or
DC Power Input
NLE system) via i.LINK, it can be used to input/output a HDV/
Battery (L series) Slot
i.LINK Connector
DVCAM/DV stream.
Sony's new HVR-Z7U is the world's first
professional handheld HDV camcorder with
an interchangeable lens system.
The compact design makes it easy to use and
flexible when shooting applications requiring
mobility and in space-constrained locations.
✜ An Ideal Handheld Camcorder Design
✜ HDV, DVCAM and DV Recording on a miniDV Cassette tape
Sony has responded to professional user feedback to
create the ideal handheld camcorder with
ergonomically designed body-weight balance and a
well-planned layout of buttons and connectors to reduce
camera operator fatigue.
The HVR-Z7U accepts miniDV cassette tapes, which
provide over 60 minutes recording time for HDV and DV
formats, over 40 minutes for DVCAM format.
Cassette compartment
Operational Versatility of HVR-Z7U
✜ New XtraFine LCD and EVF Offer
High-resolution, High-contrast Images
XtraFine™ LCD
A 3.2 inch-type XtraFine LCD is located on the HVR-Z7E in
the same position as on the HVR-Z1E. It has approximately
921,000 pixels (1920x480), which is 4x greater than the LCD
of the HVR-Z1U, and this higher resolution allows for easier
focus adjustment.
The XtraFine LCD displays virtually 100% of the recorded
picture area at a color temperature of 6500K approximately.
The XtraFine EVF displays virtually 100% of the picture area
at a color temperature of 6500K approximately.
*When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an object in the
screen moves quickly, the primary colors of R/G/B may be seen on the
object in the EVF momentarily.
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 colors. This technology allows
users to monitor objects with remarkable color reproduction
accuracy and high resolution*9. The EVF has a selectable
display mode between Color or Black and White.
XtraFine LCD and EVF
✜ infoLITHIUM L Series Battery Compatible
The HVR-Z7U uses the same batteries as the HVR-Z1U,
HVR-V1U, and DSR-PD170, so you can fully utilize your
existing battery and charger assets.
✜ Two Accessory Shoes
The HVR-Z7U features two accessory shoes. There is a cold
shoe on the front that can be removed to make room for
a mattebox. While at the rear, there is a screw-hole type
shoe located on the handle, which can be changed to a
cold shoe, if required, using supplied parts.
✜ HDMI output connector
Uncompressed digital HD video and audio signals are
output from the HDMI connector. You can see stunning
HD images on the HDMI-compatible monitor display.
During shooting, the pre-compressed 1920x1080i/4:2:2
signal is output from the HDMI connector.
✜ Smooth Slow Rec
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the HVR-Z7U camcorder
enables slow-motion playback by capturing images four
times faster than the normal field rate (240 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 seconds*15. This allows
recorded images to be checked immediately in the field.
Although the resolution of the picture quality is
decreased, this function is effective for some applications
that don’t need full HD quality, such as Internet movies or
the analysis of moving objects like a golf swing, for
240i Capturing
A:Removable Front Shoe B:Screw Hole
Removable Front Shoe
Rear cold shoe parts
✜ Two Screw Holes for Secure Connection
To provide a more secure connection between the
camcorder and tripod plate or other accessories, two
screw holes have been incorporated.
Smooth Slow Rec
719 720
1/240 s
✜ One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy
to remove the microphone for quick storage.
60i Recording
1/ 60 s
12 s
Clip-type microphone holder
*15 Audio cannot be recorded while shooting in this mode.
The HVR-S270U offers videographers a
traditional “on-the-shoulder” feel with the
benefits of increased camera stability and
longer recording time of up to 4.5 hours with
standard size cassettes.
✜ Standard-size Cassette Compatibility
A standard-size cassette tape provides approximately 4.5
hours of HDV/DV recording or approximately 3 hours of
DVCAM recording. Of course, recording on a miniDV
tape is still an option.
✜ HD/SD-SDI & Other Output Connectors
An HD/SD-SDI output connector provides embedded
audio and TC data and can, for example, be linked up to
an XDCAM HD deck.
BNC connectors provide secure cabling connections.
✜ "Dual Finder" New LCD Position on EVF Unit
The new LCD position on the EVF (Electric View Finder)
unit is currently only available on Sony’s professional HDV
shoulder-mount camcorders.
The HVR-S270U camcorder features a new configuration
of a 3.2-inch type XtraFine LCD monitor (approximately
921,000 dots) and an XtraFine EVF (approximately
1,227,000 dots, 852x3[RGB]x480)*. The LCD is located on
the EVF unit. This unique layout enables the camera operator to perform both traditional EVF monitoring and LCD
monitoring, while the camcorder is held on the
shoulder. The 180-degree tilt mechanism allows for LCD
monitoring when the camcorder is held in a high or
low-angle position, and the 270-degree swivel
mechanism will allow LCD monitoring from the front, right,
or even left of the camcorder so that a reporter or a
director can monitor what is being captured by the
camcorder. The XtraFine LCD and XtraFine EVF displays
virtually 100% of the picture area at a color temperature
of 6500K approximately.
*When the camcorder is panned quickly or when an object in the
screen moves quickly, the primary colors of R/G/B may be seen on the
object in the EVF momentarily.
Rear panel
✜ BP Series Battery Compatible
Side panel
V-lock professional BP batteries are another great feature
in common with broadcast camcorders.
✜ Four-channel Audio Input
Four-channel audio recording is realized in HDV and
DVCAM thanks to four XLR audio input connectors – two
at the front, and two at the back.
✜ Smooth Slow Rec
As with the HVR-Z7U, the HVR-S270U camcorder enables
slow-motion playback by capturing images four times
faster than the normal field rate (240 fields/s).
The HVR-M35U is compatible with HDV native
progressive recording modes and supports
HD/SD-SDI output with embedded audio
and TC data.
✜ HD/SD-SDI Output
The HD/SD-SDI output of HVR-M35U allows straight
duplication to a deck with HD/SD-SDI input.
✜ Multi-format Playback/Recording Capability
The HVR-M35U supports HDV native progressive recording
modes and has a 60i/50i switchable function, so it can
•HDV1080i: 60i/50i/24p/30p/25p
✜ Standard and Mini Size Cassette Tape
Both standard- and mini-size cassette tapes are
supported. It accepts standard cassettes shot on the
HVR-S270U or other shoulder-mount DVCAM camcorders.
✜ 2.7-inch Wide Clear Photo LCD plus Screen
and Monaural Speaker
A built-in 2.7-inch type wide Clear Photo LCD plus™
screen and built-in monaural speaker allow quick and
convenient checking of video and audio.
✜ Other Functions of the HVR-M35U
The HVR-M35U covers most functions of its lower-end
model, the HVR-M25U.
Down-conversion Playback Capabilities
The HVR-M35U can convert material from HD down to SD,
and output the SD video signal through its i.LINK, SD-SDI,
analog component, S-video, and composite 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.
When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio
displayed can be converted from 16:9 to 4:3. Display
modes can be selected from Squeeze, Letterbox*16, and
Edge Crop*16.
*16 Letterbox output is not available from the i.LINK connector. For the
HDV recording with four channels audio data, the audio data in the
down-converted DV signal is selectable from either 1/2ch or 3/4ch.
Edge Crop Adjust
✜ Four Channel Audio Data Playback
The HVR-M35U can play back the four-channel audio
data in HDV1080i format recorded by the HVR-S270U.
It can also play back the four-channel audio data in
DVCAM format. The four-channel audio data is
embedded in the i.LINK and HD/SD-SDI output, or is
output through the AES/EBU audio connectors.
When down-converting signals in Edge Crop mode, you
can use the Edge Crop Adjust function to adjust the edge
crop position. By displaying the edge crop marker on the
LCD monitor, operators can conveniently check the edge
crop position before outputting
down-converted signals.
The DUPLICATE PLUS function makes it easy to copy video
and audio from a VTR or camcorder onto the HVR-M35U
– along with the original time code. Operators simply
connect the two i.LINK devices together via their i.LINK
interfaces and press the
DUPLICATE PLUS and PLAY buttons on the front panel of
the HVR-M35U. Copying will then begin.
Optional Wide Lens
VCL-308BWH (for HVR-Z7U)*
VCL-308BWS (for HVR-S270U)*
lens adaptor
* For the detail on the release date,
please ask your nearest Sony office or
authorized dealer.
Hard Disk Recording Unit
An external Hard Disk Recording Unit
with a 60GB capacity and 4.5 hours of
recording time for HDV, DVCAM and
DV. (battery is not supplied)
Camcorder Support (HVR-Z7U)
AC Adaptor Charger (HVR-Z7U)
LCD Hood (HVR-Z7U/S270U)
•Weight support for stable/
comfortable shooting
•Support for several shooting styles
(e.g., high-angle shooting)
•Quick-release function from harness
for excellent mobility
•Perfect design for camcorder
•Carbon shaft for light weight and
rigid design
•RM-1BP Remote Controller supplied
as standard
•4 slots battery charger (A pair of
parallel charge)
•2 charge mode selectable (Normal/
•Charging information
Remaining time to charge complete
Current available time for shooting
•Battery Log information
Total charge time
Total charge cycle
last operation date
•LCD Hood for 3.2” LCD monitor
•Adjustable shade (360° shade)
•Folding structure realize transfer with
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack (2 pack) (HVR-Z7U)
LANC remote controller
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack (HVR-Z7U)
Lithium-ion Battery Pack
Tripod with RM-1BP Remote
Controller (HVR-Z7U)
Battery Charger (HVR-S270U)
LED Battery Video Light
•LED reliability and low power
consumption of 16W
•Battery power from NP-F770/F970
•Wide compatibility for flexible
installation (Cold shoe/Screw bolt/
Screw hole)
•Ideal for Wide-angle shooting and
Spot (600lx@1m) or flood-lighting
(300lx@1m) with attached
condensing lens ON or Off
•Light diffuser attached to soften
shadows and reduce contrast
•Long Operating time: approximately
3 hours with the NP-F970
(at maximum brightness)
AC Adaptor (HVR-S270U)
Specifications (HVR-Z7U,HVR-S270U)
Camera section
Supplied Lens
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 mm
Built-in filter
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Imaging system
1/3-inch, progressive 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with technology of Exmor
Picture elements
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)
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
1/60 - 1/2000
60i/30p: 1/4 - 1/10000 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
-6, -3, 0 , 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Minimum illumination
1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
VTR section
Recording format
HDV1080/60i, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Play out/Down conversion format
HDV1080/60i, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Playback/Recording time HDV/DV SP
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Max. 276min with PHDV-276DM
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Max. 184min with PHDV-276DM
Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Input/Output conectors
Audio/Video output
Component video output
10-pin connector A/V OUT jack
(composite, unbalanced audio x2ch with the supplied cable)
Composite video (BNCx1)
Unbalanced auido (pin x2ch)
Component out jack (special connector)
BNC x3
HDV/DV input/output
i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 6-pin)
XLR audio input
XLR 3-pin female x 2ch
XLR 3pin female x 4ch
Stereo mini jack (ø3.5 mm)
Stereo mini-mini jack (ø2.5 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 (852x3[RGB]x480), 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
Dimension (W x H x D)
Power requirements
Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) (w/ the supplied lens, w/o tape, battery)
Approx. 6.3kg (13 lb 15 oz) (w/ the supplied lens, w/o tape, BP-GL95battery)
Approx,176 x 199 x 439mm (6 15/16 x 7 13/16 x 17 9/32inch)
Apprpx,305 x 267 x 505mm(12 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 20inch)
(With lens hood,microphone and lage eye cup.)
(With lens hood.)
DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
DC 12 V (battery pack), DC 14.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption
Approx. 7.2 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Approx. 12.5 W (with ECM-XM1 / EVF ON)
Approx. 6.9 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD EVF ON)
Approx. 11.9 W (with ECM-XM1 / EVF ON)
Battery operating time
*(recording mode)
Operating temperature
0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F) 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
Storage temperature
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to 140 °F) -20 to +60 °C (-4 to 140 °F)
Supplied accessories
AC-VQ1050 AC adaptor/charger, NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery
lens hood with lens cover, large size eye-cup,
pack, A/V connecting cable, component video cable, lens hood with lens
additional normal shoe kit, ECM-XM1 monaural electolet condenser
cover, lithium battery (CR2025), shoe adaptor, large size eye-cup, additional
microphone, Shoulder Belt, Operating instructions (CD-ROM), Printed
normal shoe kit, RMT-831 wireless Remote Commander, ECM-XM1 monaural
operationg instructions, HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit kit
electolet condenser microphone Operating instructions (CD-ROM) Printed
operationg instructions, HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit kit
Supplied memory recording unit (HVR-MRC1)
Recording media
CompactFlash card (2GB or bigger, 133x or faster)
File system
File format
.AVI (DV-AVI, type 1) or .DV (Raw-DV)
special hot shoe
i.LINK-6pin (on the supplied cradle)
DC power input (on the supplied cradle)
infoLITHIUM L series battery slot (on the supplied cradle)
Specifications (HVR-M35U)
Recording/playback performance
Recording format
Playout format
Playout video signal
HD/SD-SDI output
HDV1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/24p, 1080/25p, 1080/30p
DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL)
HDV1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/24p, 1080/25p, 1080/30p
DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL)
RCA pin x 4ch
Audio output
XLR 3pin x 4ch
Monitor audio out
AES/EBU output
BNC x1
720/60P, 720/50P
Stereo minijack (ø3.5 mm)
Max. 18.812 mm/s
Max. 28.218 mm/s
Control S input
Max. 276 min with PHDV-276DM cassette
LCD monitor
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Fast forward/rewind time
Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Approx. 2 min with PHDV-276DM cassette
Dimension (WxHxD)
Monitor video out
S-video input/output
BNCx1 / BNCx1
RCA pin x1
Stereo mini-minijack (ø2.5 mm)
Stereo minijack (ø3.5 mm)
2.7-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx.
211,200 dots (960 x 220), Clear Photo™ LCD Plus
Max. 184 min with PHDV-276DM cassette
Input/output connectors/devices
Video input/output
BNC x2
TC out
RCA pin x 1
1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL), 480/60P, 576/50P
Tape speed
Playback/recording time HDV/DV SP
BNC x1
Audio input
Approx. 9 lb 12 oz (4.4 kg)
Approx. 212 x 88 x 390.3mm (8 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 15 3/8 inch)
Power requirements
AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power consumption
15 W (playback mode with LCD monitor on)
Operating temperature
Mini-DIN 4-pin x1 / Mini-DIN 4-pin x1
Storage temperature
Component video output
BNC x 3
Supplied accessories
i.LINK interface (HDV /DV)
6-pin (no power)
5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
-20 to +60°C (-4 to 140°F)
Remote Commander Unit (1), power cord (1) ,
cleaning cassette (1), operating instructions (1)
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