3 ClearVid CMOS sensor systems utilizing the technology of Exmor provides excellent low-light sensitivity. This 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. This allows simultaneous recording of HDV and/or standard DV/DVCAM to dual media for improved NLE and archive workflow efficiency.
- Natural-touch lens operation
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.
- 1/3-inch type 3 ClearVid CMOS sensor system
The 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.
- Enhanced functionality with the technology of Exmor
Exmor features the column-parallel A/D conversion technique and the dual noise canceling method also used in the Sony's top-of-the-line models. Multiple A/D converters on each pixel row convert analog signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D converter on each chip.
- Switchable recording and playback - HDV1080i/DVCAM/DV
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.
- 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 non-linear editing system using current DV editing software, as well as record SD signals to an external VTR.
- Versatile audio input selection
The HVR-Z5E features versatile audio input selection with a 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 source.
- 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 color temperature.
- XtraFine EVF
The 0.45-inch type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels. This device has three independent LEDs for red, green, and blue colors. This technology allows users to monitor objects with remarkable color reproduction accuracy and high resolution.
- HDMI output connector
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 1920 x 1080i/4:2:2 signals is output from the HDMI connector
- Two accessory shoe connectors
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.
- Smooth WB (White Balance)
The Smooth WB feature is a smooth transition white balance system that avoids unnaturally sudden color 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 adjustment.
- Negative gain
Negative gain settings of -6 and -3 dB have also been added to help reduce sensitivity under bright lighting 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
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 center of the screen and the brightness level is indicated by a vertical red line in the histogram.
- Color depth
Generally, the brightness of a video image increases as the color level becomes more vivid. In these camcorders, the brightness and color level are processed independently so that more flexible tone - for instance, a dark image with vivid color - is realized by 3D-LUT color processing.
- Color correction
The color extraction function can retain up to two desired colors of monitored pictures on the screen, while making all other colors black and white. The advanced function allows users to select the color simply by pressing a button to memorize the center color of the captured image.
- 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 and pressed the start button, a smooth picture transition takes place over the duration of the shot by automatically calculating intermediate setting values.
The HVR-Z5E is designed to enhance creativity and deliver the highest standard of optical and audio quality. Sony's G lens is incorporated into the camcorder, boasting excellent resolution, color and contrast, for breathtaking images.
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