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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.
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.
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.
Good camera , I recommend it for any professional recording project.We bought it for a church in South Africa. Easy to operate, but the pictures are so professional High Quality,
I bought the camera for skits and sports and mini movies, wheni use ti for sports there is barley any blur, and with the right settings minimal lighting is ok wihtout an attachment. The quality is amazing and so is the feel of it, i would have gottan an FX1 but this will do at the budget, its almost the same
Very reliable seller. good shipping time and item description. packaging was good and communication with seller was on time and very much appreciated.