|New! Sony HDR-FX7 HDV 1080i Camcorder HDRFX7|
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Somerset, NJ, USA
|Sony HDR-FX7 3-CMOS Sensor HD Handycam Camcorder 20x Optical Zoom|
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|Sony HDR-FX7 HDRFX7 HDV 1080i HD Handycam Professional Camcorder w/ Accessories|
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Boiling Springs, SC, USA
|UPC||027242701946, 0718122068906, 846431024082|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DV, Mini DV|
|Sensor Type||3 ClearVid CMOS|
|Focal Length Range||3.9mm - 78mm|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.5" - color|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Effective Still Resolution||1.0 MP|
|Digital Video Format||DV, MPEG-2|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|High Definition Video Support||1080i|
"Excellent overall video quality; responsive focus and zoom."
"Menu navigation doesn't circle back; useless manual; anemic audio support."
"The Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is an excellent high-definition camcorder from a video perspective, but it's less satisfying if you're an audio control freak."
Average review score based on 12 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is a budget film maker's delight. The three C-MOS chips provides stunningly rich color reproduction in most lighting conditions. Film makers love manual control of camera functions, and the HDR-FX7 lets you dial in exactly what you need. You can store your favorite combination of settings in a menu so you can recall all those special settings with the touch of a button.
Cinema Gamma, combined with the manual 1/30 shutter setting provides an image which closely emulates the look of a 35mm film. External audio in and output connectors let you attach consumer audio accessories, and you can manually control the audio levels. There is no support for XLR audio inputs, so film makers will be forced to use an external audio recorder for professional audio, or they can use the camera's unbalanced 1/8 inch stereo input for decent, but not professional, audio quality.
Of course, there are those users who like everything set to automatic, and the HDR-FX7 accommodates that well. All manual, all automatic, or any combination can be easily made and stored for frequent use by the camera operator.
With the optional long life battery, you can shoot an entire eight hour day on a single battery pack without recharging, and still have power left to review what you shot. The FX7 shoots HDV video onto mini-DV tapes which some movie makers love, because it provides a tangible backup storage medium in case your computer ever looses it's hard drive.
The low light capability is amazing. You can shoot in lighting conditions where it's almost hard to see with your eyes. Of course, this by no means indicates you'd want to shoot without light, but you don't need much. You can get studio quality images by properly positioning a few standard household lighting fixtures. Out doors, you'll get images matching camcorders worth many times what this one costs. All in a device which weighs well under five pounds.
UPDATE 2011: This camcorder was purchased at a time when no other three CCD camcorder in this price range was able to record directly to SD memory cards. Now that 3 chip cameras in the 2000 dollar price range can record AVCHD onto memory cards, the tape based recording process is somewhat obsolete. Of course, there will always be some users who prefer tape over memory, and for those users, this is still an excellent camcorder.
When I purchased the camera, I simply needed a decent camera with a 4:2:2 color space that also shot at 1080i or better. This camera delivers in a spectacular way! Even the most mundane video has the colors popping in a realistic manner, leaving for less overall color correction in post. The audio system that is built in is a little less than desirable, as it uses the headphone style 1/8" phono plug instead of the much better XLR style. It will have to do until I can get a full on seperate audio setup. It is worth every penny paid for it, and highly recommended!
I've owned this camera for over a year now. I haven't used it much but when I have it's a great camcorder with a beautiful HD picture for a decent price. I bought a longer life battery as a back-up since the one that comes with it tends to run out of juice rather quickly. I also bought a fisheye lense and shotgun mic after buying it (I shoot bands and the mic that comes with camera doesn't do well when recording live music).
The picture is pretty outstanding (1080i) and it does shoot much better in low light than most reviews I've read on line stated it did, but I did buy a light to attach to the shoe on top of the handle and at 5/10 watts it is all I need for external lighting. Overall I think the camera is pretty good deal for the price and while not quite as good it does stand up well to some of the 3k + dollar cameras Sony has on market that I've played around with.
I pick up this to see if it was better than my Sony 1000u cam which was bigger in size. I do like the smaller size and the body compare to 1000u. I do notice that this camcorder works better in lower light condition with the gain control that not on the 1000u.
Using the function buttons and menu take a little time to master but once you learn them they become second hand. Mike is ok but get a better 1/8 phono mike if you want better sound when recording music videos.
Over all the camcorder shines went you play back the tapes and yes you record HD on DV tapes which save money. It's light and can be held longer when need be. Great for wedding or church services.
lt is a proffesional camera,very easy to use,
great hd 1080 quality image. i'm very happy with it
and recomended it for good quality video.