Sony HDR-FX7 Digital HDV 1080i High Definition Handycam Camcorder, 3-1/4" ClearVID , 20x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens, (211K Pixels) Wide (16:9) Hybrid Clear Photo LCD plus Display

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About Sony HDR-FX7

Shoot like a pro with the HDR-FX7 High Definition Handycam camcorder. Capture amazing video and still images in high definition with the first HDV 1080i 3 CMOS sensor consumer-level camcorder and player in the world

The three - 1/4" ClearVID CMOS Sensors provide stunning detail & precision, while a 20x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens maintains image clarity. Since the HDR-FX7 records video in high-definition, you can dual record still images at the same time

3 -1/4" ClearVID CMOS Sensors with 1,120K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail & clarity with exceptional video (up to 1080 lines of resolution - HD) & still image performance. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos & digital still (1037K-16:9 mode) photography performance

The HDR-FX7 camcorder is the world's first HDV1080i consumer level camcorder & player to include 3 CMOS Sensors. Now you can record all your memories in true high-definition video. The HDR-FX7 is capable of recording & playing back both High Definition & Standard Definition video recorded on standard MiniDV cassettes

A Sony developed Real Time MPEG Encode/Decode system with reduced energy consumption & compact size to fit inside a personal camcorder. This provides efficient MPEG2 compression, & recording & playback of clear HD images at the same bit rate of the DV format, so that High Definition video can be recorded on the same cassettes as are used for MiniDV recording

From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens provides a high-quality 20x optical zoom which maintains image clarity & colorwhile reducing glare & flare. The Digital Extender mode is available at all zoom points & will digitally enhance the zoom up to 1.5x the current position

The 3.5" Wide (16:9) Hybrid Clear Photo LCD plus Display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 211K pixel LCD display makes images sharp & detailed during playback or when monitoring recording. The Hybrid LCD Screen provides accurate viewing in sunlight or brightlight, eliminating "washout".

The HDR-FX7 features an advanced form of Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake & vibration frequencies, which achieves an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video

Dual independent zoom & focus rings provide precise & detailed control over the amount of zoom & the overall focus of the image with just a turn of the rings. Easily adjust the amount of light entering the lens by adjusting exposure brightness in accordance with the iris & gain

The cameras LCD image is magnified, temporarily, up to 4X its original size without any loss of distortion. Picture Profile lets the user set manual adjustments into any one of 6 presets, so they can be called up at the touch of a button. Shot Transition allows for a smooth, automatic scene transition. The HDR-FX7 features i.LINK2 HDV/DV Interface.



One reason why the Sony HDR-FX7 is popular is because of its Zoom range/performance

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Sony HDR-FX7 Features

  • Three -1/4" ClearVID CMOS Sensors
  • HDV Recording Format
  • Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording
  • Real-time HD Codec Engine
  • 20X Optical Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Digital Extender
  • 3.5" Wide (16:9) Hybrid Clear Photo LCD plus Display (211K Pixels)
  • Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization System
  • Manual Zoom and Manual Focus Ring
  • Exposure/Iris Control
  • Expanded Focus Indicator
  • Picture Profile
  • Assignable Buttons
  • i.LINK2 HDV/DV Interface (IEEE1394)
  • Shot Transition, automatic scene transition

Sony HDR-FX7 Specifications

Image Sensor
3 - 1/4" 1120K Gross Pixels ClearVID CMOS Sensor
Audio/Video
Video Actual: 1037K Pixels (16:9), 778K Pixels (4:3)
Still Actual: 1037K Pixels (16:9), 778K Pixels (4:3)
Television System
NTSC
Video Recording System: MPEG2 (HDV); AVI (DV)
Video Signal System: NTSC color, EIA standards
Tape Format/Speed
Recording Media: MiniDV Cassette, Memory Stick Duo Media, Memory Stick PRO DuoMedia
Recording and Playback Times: SP: 60 min. (HDV /DV); LP 90 min. (DV) Audio Recording System: MPEG1 Audio Layer 2 - Stereo (HDV); PCM (DV)
Format(s) Supported: Real Time HD Codec Engine, HDV/DV Recording
Optical Zoom
Optical Zoom: 20X
Digital Zoom
N/A
Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Aperture: 1.6 - 2.8
35mm Equivalent: 37.4-748mm (16:9 Camera Mode), 45.7-914mm (4:3 Camera Mode)
Focusing System
Full Range Auto/Manual (Ring)/One Touch
Shutter Speed
Auto: 1/60-1/2000; Manual: 1/4-1/10000
Illumination
Minimum Illumination: 3 lux
Low Light Capability: N/A
Filter Size
Filter Diameter: 62mm
Viewfinder
Color, Precision 16:9 (252K pixel)
LCD Screen
LCD: 3.5" (211K Pixels) Wide (16:9) Hybrid Clear Photo LCD plus Display
Accessory Shoe: Yes, Cold
Manual Controls
Exposure: Exposure: 24 Steps (Menu)
Input terminals
S-Video Input(s):N/A
LANC Terminal:Yes (Stereo Mini)
Analog Audio/Video Input(s):N/A
Digital Audio/Video Input(s): Yes (i.LINK and USB)
USB Port(s):Yes, ver. 1.1
i.LINK Interface:Yes
Output terminals
S-Video Output(s):Yes (via optional accessory)
HDMI Connection Output(s):Yes
Analog Audio/Video Output(s):Yes (Multi A/V)
Digital Audio/Video Output(s):Yes (i.LINK and USB)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s):Yes
Microphone
Mic. Input: Yes (Stereo, Mini)
Headphone Jack
Yes (Stereo, Mini)
Power Requirements
7.2V (Battery Pack) 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption: HDV: 5.9W/5.9W (VF/LCD); DV: 5.7W/5.7W (VF/LCD)
Battery Type: InfoLithium with AccuPower Meter System (NP-F570)
Dimensions
5 3/4" x 6 1/4" x 12 3/4" (145 x 156 x 322mm)
Weight
Weight: 3 lbs. 10 oz. (1640g) with supplied battery and lens hood
Special Features
White Balance: Auto, Indoor, One-Push, Outdoor
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 2GB media capacity; does not support high speed transferfunction; does not support Access Control security function
Still Image Mode(s): JPEG

Sony HDR-FX7 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The well-known "Glitch" with The FX7

By

from Dover, DE

I have owned two Sony HDV FX7 cameras for the past three years and I have found that this camera experiences some sort of glitch either during the recording process or during the capture process. Since I have owned these cameras, they have had these unexplainable glitches EVERY recording I have done - on both cameras. Could this be just a mere coincidence? Or, is there something faulty about the FX7? I have tirelessly tried to contact Sony and anyone else I could to determine a resolution. There seems to be a common theme to the responses I have been getting. All whom I have spoken with keep suggesting that all tape-based cameras are subject to have these glitches/dropped frames. The only thing that has saved me in the case of the "glitch" is that I own two of these cameras and can easily edit in footage from the second camera since I always do a 2-camera shoot. There was only one occasion when both cameras experienced this glitch at practically the same point in footage. Pure irony I guess! After several attempts of troubleshooting this phenomenon, I have learned that this glitch appears to be happening at two stages. I have re-captured footage multiple times, with both cameras, on different Mac Pro computers, in order to determine if this glitch was occurring in the actual recording process or during the capture process. My conclusion after several of these experiments suggests that it is occurring during both the recording and capture process. Some footage will glitch in the same location every time, regardless of what camera was used to capture the footage from. Some footage will glitch on one camera but glitch in a completely different location on the other camera when capturing footage. I do not recommend this camera for anyone who is doing any sort of video that requires extreme dependability. It will frustrate you and your clients when you deliver a video product and have to explain that you missed a critical word/audio and shot because your camera is faulty.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i would recomend this to everyone

By

from chicago, ILL  -  Video Enthusiast

product was easy to use, has great video quality only thing is that if you go mobile its heavy but other then that it was worth it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The cam that i one to want for ever.

By

from S A  -  Semi-pro Videographer

Best cam for my needs.

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linda h  does it have night vision?
Helen O  Unfortunately, no. This unit is not equipped with night vision.
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