HVR-Z5E - TV Freak
Product Information
1/3-inch 3 ClearVid CMOS Professional HDV Camcorder
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
• 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
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.
• 25p Progressive Scan Mode
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 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-ofthe-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 lux*
* 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
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
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 nonlinear 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
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 widedirectional monaural microphone.
The high quality ECM-XM1 monaural microphone is a
supplied accessory with the HVR-Z5E.
• 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 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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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
Two Accessory Shoe Connectors
Picture Profile™
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.
Up to six different picture-quality settings, including
gamma and colour settings can be registered in the
memory as picture profiles.
One-touch Clip-type Microphone Holder
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.
HDMI output connector
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to
attach and remove the microphone for quick setup/
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
Negative Gain
Colour Depth
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
Negative gain settings of -6 and -3 dB have also been added to help reduce sensitivity under bright lighting
WB (White Balance) Shift
Assignable features
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 from:
The HVR-Z5E provides seven ASSIGN buttons for quick
access to frequently used functions suitable for variable
shooting conditions. Some default functions are preassigned 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.
• 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 natural.
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 slowmotion pictures lasting 12 seconds*.
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 mode.
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
• Offers great low-light capabilities especially important
for camera operators who cannot control their ambient lighting, e.g. wedding videographers.
• Lower power consumption than traditional CCD’s.
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
• ’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
• 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 budgetmovie making in 25p mode to standard interlace TV
• Offers camera operators the use of the progressive
’filmic look’, coupled with gamma curve correction
makes the camera ideal for movie production.
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 HVRMRC1K 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
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.
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 Exmor
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/step)
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
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
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video output
HDV/DV input/output
XLR audio input
Digital video output
10-pin connector A/V OUT jack (component, composite and unbalanced audio x2ch with
the supplied cables)
i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin)
XLR 3-pin female x 2ch
Stereo mini jack (ø3.5 mm)
Stereo mini-mini jack (ø2.5 mm)
HDMI connector
Built-in output devices
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
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)
Power consumption
Battery operating time
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
HDV Approx. 7.1 W (with ECM-XM1 / LCD viewfinder ON)
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)
LCD Hood
Batteries and Power Supplies
2NP - F 970/B
Intelligent Quad Battery Charger and
Dual AC adaptor
Rechargeable Battery Pack (2 Batteries)
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack
Soft Carry Case
Hard Carrying Case
Soft Carrying Case
Multi-purpose Camcorder Support
Bracket For Camera Rear Mount
Remote Controls
RM - 1BP
Remote Commander
Remote Commander
Compact Flash Memory Recording Unit
Camera Adaptors
LED Battery Video Light
Wide Conversion Lens
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