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Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and usability. The size and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and durability.

portability, price, size, usability, image quality

color, durability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and battery are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the color.

portability, price, battery, size

color

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLZ1H Lightweight Digital Viewcam with Free-Angle Swivel Grip and 2.5" CG Silicon LCDSharp VLZ1H Lightweight Digital Viewcam with Free-Angle Swivel Grip and 2.5" CG Silicon LCD

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1H Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the design and image quality are overall positive. The price and size are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the color. Views are divided on the usability.

portability, size, price, image quality, design

color

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLZ1U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCDSharp VLZ1U MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5" LCD

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: paul-t (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sharp VL Z 1 S : The prfect entry-level camcorder

 

This is the first camcorder I have owned but I have used plenty of camcorders owned by friends and family. What attracted me to the Sharp VL-Z1S was the price. It is one of the cheapest Mini DV camcorders on the market yet still boasts a fairly high...

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: paul-t (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1S: The prfect entry-level camcorder

 

This is the first camcorder I have owned but I have used plenty of camcorders owned by friends and family. What attracted me to the Sharp VL-Z1S was the price. It is one of the cheapest Mini DV camcorders on the market yet still boasts a fairly high...

price, ease of use, picture quality

not many features, no built-in memory

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: ataplow (epinions.com)

Fix for the DEW problem

 

Great little camera when it's working.

DEW message is infuriating and Sharp is useless in helping you.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: mdph (epinions.com)

DO NOT BUY SHARP VL-Z8 DEW PROBLEMS CAMERA CUT OUT

 

None- It does not work so cannot judge

Dew problems causing camcorder to stop working completely

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: takis56 (epinions.com)

dew problems

 

Like all the other cameras

waste of money

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: criss82 (epinions.com)

DEW

 

good image quality

Dew: 2 years and the die

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: bjamjoca (epinions.com)

Piece of junk

 

We got this camcorder about 2 years ago, and within the first 5 uses, the LCD screen quit working correctly. Then we started having trouble with the 'dew' light coming on, which disables the camera from working. We thought it was because it is quite ...

None - junk from the very beginning

Pretty much everything on this camera stopped working immediately

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: aginther (epinions.com)

Be Wary of Sharp in general & DEW not buy this camera

 

DEW not buy! Tech Support tells me that they have had multiple complaints about bad dew sensors which shut the camera down. Only 5 service centers in all of USA! If you decide you want to buy, then definitely consider buying an extended warranty! I ...

Ergonomically great. Best features for the $$ a year ago

Notorious for problems with a faulty dew sensor. Limited & expensive service availability

Dec, 2004

Product Specifications

With digital technology, less means more. And there can be no finer demonstration of this than the Sharp ViewCam range, more compact, more advanced and more user-friendly than ever including superlative picture quality and quick and easy PC connection. PRODUCT FEATURES: Compact & Lightweight Digital Viewcam Z; Digital Viewcam with Free-Angle Swivel Grip and 2.5" LCD (CG Silicon); Free-Angle Swivel Grip (225

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.2cm
Height:8.2cm
Weight:0.5kg
Width:8.3cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (225
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Dusk / Fireworks / Party/indoor / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Sunlight

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Country Kits:United Kingdom
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sharp
Model:VL-Z1H
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp Viewcam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:500
Faders:Fade trigger
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia / Solarisation
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic