Here’s a close up of the lens on the new HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7U. You can see how the focus pops in and out of auto focus (IMHO somewhat more cumbersome than a single small button, but this way, your fingers never leave the focus ring).
The focus ring features distance markings. The zoom ring features markings as well. Both lenses offer dependable, repeatable focus and zoom control based on the markings on the lens. Click through for the video…
Parts of this video were also featured in my article and video, IEBA Presents: Sony Seminar: HVR-S270, HVR-Z7U, which documented the Sony presentation on both of these great camcorders. If you haven’t seen that one, it’s a must-watch!
Here you can see not only how whip-zooms are possible, but also how they look to the camcorder.