Sony HVR-Z7U / S270 lens issue?

z7lens.jpgMarshall Levy, who wrote our compact flash test results, is finding issues with the lenses that adorn the latest HDV camcorders from Sony- the HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270. He’s found focusing issues, lens wobble and says the issue was confirmed by Sony.

Do you have one of the new camcorders?
Try out the tests he suggests to help determine if this is an isolated incident or a more widespread issue.

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In the Tech-STORE… CF Extreme IV!

cfextiv.jpgWe’re working on a comparison review of various Compact Flash technologies for video, now that consumer media can now be used for recording the HDV production standard format (AVCHD doesn’t count, yet).

Sandisk made a serious jump by pushing throughput from 20 MBps to 40MBps with their new Extreme IV cards. For anyone taking delivery of Sony’s new HDV camcorders, click over to the Tech-STORE – to our new MEDIA- page and snap up the latest version of wicked-fast media!

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Sony Z7U shipping. Here’s the Manual.

sonyz7manualv2.pngSony’s new HDV camcorders, promised for February, are indeed shipping and arriving in people’s hands. This is excellent news as these new camcorders elevate HDV and give us HDV-quality video on readily available and cheap compact flash cards.

One of the best ways to find out about every nook and cranny of these camcorders is to actually RTFM. Well, I’ve got that for you… plus a recap of all seven of the camcorder’s on-screen menus…. and more!

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HDV Grows Up: Sony’s HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7

s270side.gifSony recently unveiled its latest HDV camcorders to the world. This wasn’t just any ordinary product announcement; with the release of these new models, HDV arrived as a true professional video acquisition technology.

Just as MiniDV was a format that evolved into DVCAM and DVCPRO, and eventually DV itself became acceptable for broadcast, and even feature film production, HDV started as a “consumer” version of HD. But it has evolved dramatically in Sony’s latest models.

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The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the OTHERS menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U…

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The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the OTHERS menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders.

The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.However, these images are of the S270U… Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the IN/OUT menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U…

Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the IN/OUT menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U… Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U MEMORY Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the MEMORY menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U… Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U MEMORY Menu”

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