Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “The Sony HVR-Z5 Video Review (UPDATED)

  1. Well produced review for a very tasty piece of kit!

    Is the quality of the viewfinders comparable with the EX1/3? (i.e. is the eyepiece rubbish?)
    The pop out LCD is as good but no better than the EX-1 but the viewfinder is not very usable.

    What is the maximum recording time on a tape? Does the solid state add-on record onto standard CF cards? If so, I imagine this is extremely economical.
    Tape is limited to the mini format so 63min. Yes but you need to choose 133x or preferably 300x CF cards. 32Gig records just over 2 hours of HDV.

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