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6.2 out of 10

Sony HVR-Z5

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Overall 10
10

Best Camcorder I've Every Owned

Dale SouthFloridaVideo, Adorama
1 week ago
  • Excerpt: I've been a professional Wedding Videographer since 1987 both in NY and south Florida. I have easily done over 4000 weddings. I told Paul Armato over a year ago that I needed an HD version of the PD170. Z5U was it. PD170 lux was 1.0, Z5U is 1.5, but picture quality is better. You can tweek the AE from -7 to +7 WHILE SHOOTING. You can also adjust the color temperature over a wide range WHILE YOU ARE ACTUALLY RECORDING.
  • Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
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Overall 10
10

Best tape camera we've ever shot with.

Michael Fowlkes, Amazon
9 February 2014
  • Summary: We were one of the first companies to purchase the Z1s and Z1Us back in the day. Bullet proof cameras. Workhorses onboard the boats in saltwater. Couple of years ago we tried switching to the new digital cameras. But almost immediately switched back to the Z1s. Much better image quality. Yea, 1:1 logging and capturing is a bore, but the picture quality is worth it. Couldn't find any more Z1Us new, but got turned onto these Z5s. Unbelievable. Absolutely love the camera.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent camera

Richard, Amazon
21 January 2014
  • Summary: We are reasonably pleased with this Sony camcorder, even though the menu system and settings are complicated and therefore annoying.
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Overall 8
8.0

Very good DVD player!

Norman W., Newegg
13 August 2013
  • Summary: If you're looking for a pretty well made product that delivers, I don't think you can go wrong with Sony. I have only tried the DVD player and the Data DVD formats.
  • Pros: This would get all 5 eggs except for moderate amount of motor noise... not quiet when running. Otherwise, WOW! Sony is good quality, almost always, which is why I didn't believe the bad review from the other person, and I'm glad I trusted my gut. This is a great product! Far more quality than you'd expect from a product with such a low price.
  • Cons: The motor noise is noticeable, if you mute your audio, which is the only flaw I can find.
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Overall 10
10

a good compromise between size, features and picture quality

Theodore Trinkaus, Amazon
12 August 2013
  • Summary: When considering a camcorder, you need to consider how nice a unit you need. This is a professional unit with 3 1/3" cmos sensors. Camcorders with bigger chips(like 1/2") are even better in low light and have a narrower depth of field but are bigger, more expensive, heavier and typically use better quality video formats with higher bit rates.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Beth K., Newegg
25 April 2013
  • Summary: I was excited to get my new DVD player, but it won't even turn on. Definitely not worth buying only to have to send it back and have to buy a new one!
  • Pros: Cheap, but you get what you pay for!
  • Cons: Doesn't even turn on!
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Overall 10
10

A solid performer

Fornaio, Amazon
6 April 2013
  • Summary: This is the oldest, largest, and heaviest camera of the four I use for shooting documentaries. And it is the one I end up grabbing most often - it is just that good, especially with the optional CF card recorder. At first I recorded to both card and tape as a backup, but I don't even bother with tape any more. I'm not sure what secret sauce Sony is using to get such high-quality images, but I suspect the G lens in this thing deserves much of the credit.
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Overall 10
10

Pro-Quality Equipment!

Jeepwalker, Amazon
18 January 2013
  • Summary: I've owned the Z5U for about 4 years now. It's a great piece of equipment. Out of the box you can get GREAT video with it. The detail is fantastic! You will be amazed with your shots. It is a pro-level camcorder, so if you're coming from a consumer-based camcorder, like a HV20/30/40 VX2000 or something similar, you will notice right away how much more substantial and robust this thing is.
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Overall 10
10

Best handheld camera I have ever seen

Geoff, Amazon
30 November 2012
  • Summary: I have always loved sony camcorders, and when I finally was able to afford my own, I made sure I did a ton or research to ensure that I got the best one. Let me tell you, the Sony HVR-Z5U HDV is the best camera I have ever seen. Amazing quality, comes with a nice shotgun mic as well. I got the wireless microphone to go along with it, and it hooks up great. The only disparaging thing is the camera is a little on the heavier side; for a handheld camera.
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Overall 10
10

Sony hvr-z5u

qungu2004, Amazon
6 October 2012
  • Summary: The HVR-Z5U high definition camcorder is the successor to the HVR-Z1U, housing many of the features of its predecessor in a more compact package, plus adding many more. Records HDV in 1080/60i as well as 1080 in 30p/24p native progressive recording modes, plus standard definition DVCAM/DV.
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