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Sharp VL-Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews of Sharp VL-Z7U. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the price and size are generally positive. The usability and image quality also get good views, but the zoom and battery get less positive reviews.

portability, image quality, usability, size, price

battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sharp VL-Z7U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sharp VL-Z7U


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sharp VL-Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and price. The usability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the design.

portability, image quality, usability, price, size

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sharp VLZ7U MiniDV CCD Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Slot and 8MB CardSharp VLZ7U MiniDV CCD Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Slot and 8MB Card

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Digital Trends Staff (

Sharp VL-Z7U Review


With adequate lighting, colors were rendered accurately and with very good contrast.

The VL-Z7U is a very interesting digital camcorder. The video quality under most circumstances is quite good, the LCD is clear in daylight as well as with the backlight on for indoor use. However, the overall perception is compromised by the execution...

Aug, 2003

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Sharp VL-Z7U Viewcam


The Sharp VL-Z7U Viewcam is an ergonomic wonder, with a unique construction that makes shooting comfortable in any position and an LCD panel that's always crystal-clear, even in sunlight.

On our quality tests, virtually none of the shots were sharp. Under studio conditions, images looked as though a very light blur filter had been applied, which reduced artifacts but softened details. Most colors were a bit faint, and there was slight...

Oct, 2003

Expert review by : anyone 13th-repeat (

Test Bench: Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder


A no-nonsense point-and-shoot camcorder for casual shooters.

Easy to use and hold ; Excellent Macro functionality ; Great digital still performance ; Flash

Manual focus, Battery options

A no-nonsense point-and-shoot camcorder for casual shooters.

Oct, 2004

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Terrific video camera for the money


Excellent video quality, easy to use, and compact

The manual is not clear, digital photo feature is not great

Sep, 2004

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Great palmcorder


Very lighweight & versatile palmcorder!

Had to buy extra battery. Isn't that a good idea anyways??

Mar, 2004

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Big Features In A Small Format


Full featured, high quality video in a very small camera

Wish it had a higher optical zoom

Jan, 2004

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Good desigh on the body, easy to take all kind the angle.


Good Video quality, clear SG display, light wight.

Battery last only about 50 minute

Jul, 2003

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sharp product


compact, ease of use, small battery, reasonably priced

battery to be recharged through camcorder only, no separate battery charger

Jan, 2007

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Review: Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder

Aug, 2004

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Sharp VL-Z7U Mini DV Camcorder


Purchased camera new.

Compact size, versatility for video and stills, good video quality

Very poor and very expensive support system

Aug, 2004