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Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and zoom. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews about the color and price.

size, usability, portability, zoom, reliability

price, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and durability. The zoom and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Some have doubts about the price.

size, usability, zoom, durability, portability


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z 7 E Profi, HVRZ7ESony HVR-Z 7 E Profi, HVRZ7E

Jun, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony HVR-Z7 / Z7E / Z7U from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and durability. The zoom and usability also get good feedback, whereas the color and price get negative reviews. Views are divided on the reliability.

size, usability, zoom, durability, portability

price, color

45% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Professional Video CamcorderSony HVR-Z7U HDV Professional Video Camcorder

Jun, 2017


Expert review by: James Morris (

Sony HVR-Z7E Camcorder


Occasionally we like to take a look at what the pros are using and Sony's HVR-Z7E camcorder undoubtedly ranks among the best.

The lofty price of the HVR-Z7E will put it out of the reach of all but the most serious videomakers. Corporate and events cameramen will long for it, but may struggle to justify the expense. Nevertheless, it points the way forward for professional...

Mar, 2008

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot ( (UK))

HVR-Z7 HDV Camcorder


The HVR-Z7 is a technically sophisticated video camera with bayonet mount for interchangeable lenses. The grip is slanted on the lens' block side so as to obtain an optimum grip and weight balance while operating the camera. Tilted placement of the...

Best Buy!

Expert review by: James Morris (

Sony HVR-Z7E


Sony's HVR-Z1E has become a classic, and is now the standard tool of the independent videographer - so the HVR-Z7E has a lot to live up to.

Excellent lens bundled. CompactFlash recording as well as tape. Great low-light performance. Top-notch overall image quality.

No separate power input.

The Sony HVR-Z7E is a successor to the HVR-Z1E's crown. But the lens flexibility is attractive, and the Compact Flash recording system is a workflow champ. It's not cheap, but should be your first choice if you can afford it

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Andy Yardy (

Sony HVR-Z7U


When DV and DVCam technology was first introduced to the market, I was one of the first to adopt it. As a freelance shooter and editor, it opened a whole new world of work for me. I could do productions that before were impossible. So when HDV cameras...

Chosen to be Microfilmmaker Magazine's lead camera analyst and reviewer due to his expertise in camerawork, Andy Yardy has over 10 years experience shooting documentaries in the most remote portions of the globe. Based out of LA, he creates films under...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: Adam (

Sony HVR-Z7E


Fantastic camera. Great results from it so far. Love the prorgessive scan CMOS chip in it. Also the picture presets have been quite handy. Plus the ease of switching between auto and manual modes is a big bonus - although use it on full manual to get...

Focussing can be a little tricky at times. Best advice is get a monitor and use that too. Also - no BNC out...bit of a pain, but I can deal with it. Umm thats about it for the bad methinks. I love my new camera

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: MediaMan (

A great device


I love this unit

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: (



After using this camera for a month and comparing it to the HVR V1U, for event work, I totally recommend its use.

Great sensitivity, CF card capable with HDV/DV tape archive possible

button layout not perfect

Consumer review by: drakom.wirt (

Sony should be ashamed.


I payed over $12,000 for this camera with a few accessories, and from the first time I used it this camera had issues, one of the main issues this camera has is the pixelation of footage in dark events with strobes and camera flashes going, the picture...

Great design, easy to carry.

A bit heavy on the hand after a while if holding it.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: daffodils (

Sony HVR-Z7


The newly announced Sony HVR-Z7 looked like a really great camera to begin with. It is designed to compete with the likes of the XLH1, and as such it has interchangeable lenses, which is something users of this level of camera from Sony have been...

Recording Format Mini DV (HDV

Screen, adopts high brightness [3.5 inch LCD

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: yezhanjun043 (

Sony HVR-Z7 introduction


the sony first section replaces lens' hdv hand-held camera: hvr-z7 (might apply mechanically all "Alpha" is draws up a memo counter-lens) to match the la-100w eye splice (in May, 2008 going on the market) sony to issue today served under somebody's...

Very practical

Too cheap

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications




Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Minimum illumination:1.5


Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): Yes
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): Yes
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
LANC or Control-L port: Yes
USB Connection: No


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.13
Display Resolution:921600 x 921600
Screen Resolution:921600 pixels
Screen Size:3.2 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Progressive Photo
Effective mega pixels:1.03 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: Yes
Total MegaPixels:1.12 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length range (f-f):39.5 - 474
Optical Zoom:12


Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:0 x
Filter Size:72 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:12 x
Shutter speeds:1/50-1/1750 seconds
White Balance:Auto, one-push auto, outdoor, Manual


Weight:2400 grams
Weight (lb):5.29 lb

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):6.8
Power requirements:DC 7.2 V, DC 8.4 V

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
Microphone in: Yes

Power source

Battery Type:NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery


Sensor Size:1/3 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/10000


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Camcorder tape type:HDV
External Memory Type:CompactFlash
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Max Supported Memory Size:4096 MB


HD Recording:HD 1080i
Recordable File/Disc Formats:M2T, AVI, DV
Recording Format:HDV


Viewfinder screen size:0.44

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:1226880 pixels
Viewfinder Size:0.45

Weight & Dimensions


White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes