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Old April 4th, 2004, 11:13 PM   #1
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Sharp VL-Z800U

Has anyone looked at the new Sharp VL-Z800U yet? It was announced at the Vegas show. Does anyone have specs?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 06:08 AM   #2
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Anyone? Re: Sharp VL-Z800U.

I was looking through UK camcorder magazines the other day and one of these mags had an exciting write-up about it, but it wasn't a review. Has anyone found any links to this cam? I'm thinking of replacing my wife's aging JVC 1-chip.
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Old April 8th, 2004, 04:34 AM   #3
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tom i think you better take a look at this. since frank is the modulator i think you better take ur part and move this thread. remember this is a pana forum.............................
Just kidding. I think sometimes it might be better to post in here. it has been my experience that the guys in the other forums aren't as helpful and never answer ur question.

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pity there has been no response on this one heh frank.
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Old April 8th, 2004, 04:48 AM   #4
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Probably because this cam isn't out yet? I haven't seen it yet. Maybe in a month or so. :-))
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Old April 8th, 2004, 04:58 AM   #5
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Its 664 x 1180 widescreen mode sounds very interesting.

Specs

1.33MP (690K effective video, 1.25MP effective still) 1/4" CCD
2.5" CG Silicon LCD (215K resolution -wow -it's a Sharp)
113K VF
520+ horizontal lines of resolution
10x zoom, f1.8 lens, 48.9-489mm, 30mm filter size
HQ Widemode
Fine Picture Function
Spread LED Light
Zoom Mic
Built-In Flash
1/15-1/10000 shutter speed
Illumination and Low Light Mode (whatever that means)
Min Lux Rating: 15
EIS (supposedly works even while zooming)
Manual features: Iris, focus, shutter speed, WB, Gain
Rotating grip (this is nice- up to 240 degrees)
Top loading mechanism
Available in white, titanium and silver
575 grams with batt & tape (485 grams for cam only)
73 x 103 x 86mm
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Old April 8th, 2004, 05:40 AM   #6
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Thanks, Allan! I couldn't find the specs.
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Old April 8th, 2004, 11:57 PM   #7
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A white camcorder. Now thats interesting!

Well that and the HQ widescreen mode.

Thanks for the info Allan.
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Old April 9th, 2004, 12:47 AM   #8
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Allan, this Sharp VL-Z800U should be in Japan's stores. If you ever get a chance, perhaps take a look at one and tell us what you think. I'm thinking this may be a good inexpensive new cam for my wife. I haven't seen them here in Vancouver yet. Thanks.
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Old April 9th, 2004, 01:50 AM   #9
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Yeah it's called the VL-Z900U in Japan and has been available in stores since February. Seems to be selling well due to its cute and compact body, ease of use, and reasonable price. Its rotating grip is really cool. I'll try to play with it more soon. I tend to ignore Sharp cams but I'm a big fan of Sharp LCD TVs and cellphones :-).
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Old April 9th, 2004, 01:53 AM   #10
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Whoa! White? Must be totally unprofessional. Fred Garhart would fall over in a fit. Don't do that to your wife, Frank. Not unless you get her an iPod to go with it. (And the white earbuds to match.)
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Old April 9th, 2004, 01:59 AM   #11
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Actual shade is pearl white. CUTE and very popular among ladies.
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Old April 9th, 2004, 02:23 AM   #12
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I downgraded my wife's computer from a P90 to a 486/33. I told her it was better. She'd be tickled pink with one of those pearl white Sharps, if I told her it was a good cam. Trust me. She trusts me after all. :-))

Thanks, Allan.
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Old April 10th, 2004, 10:56 PM   #13
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I went to http://www.sharp.ca and noticed that the VL-Z800U is listed; and Sharp had only 2 models listed. Could it be that Sharp gears mainly to the Japan Market? Oh, and Sharp has a new one-liner: Sharp ... be sharp!
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Old April 10th, 2004, 11:15 PM   #14
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Here is the press release on the VL-Z800U back from January.

http://www.sharpusa.com/products/Fun...409-14,00.html

The wifey would appreciate a cam like this if the price is right. Wait, what am I talking about? All Sharp camcorders are affordable. Remember the VL-AX1U?
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Old April 11th, 2004, 12:11 AM   #15
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I guess it's not available yet though it's been out since Feb in Japan, according to Allan. Yeah, I was thinking about price. My wife's middle name is, Butter Fingers. :-))
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