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Sony HDR-CX7 AVCHD 6.1MP High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

by Sony
49 customer reviews

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  • Record high-definition (AVCHD) video direct to Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards
  • 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS sensor; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • 2.7-inch widescreen hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display
  • Simultaneous video and 4.6-megapixel still image capture
  • Easy one-touch disc-burn; Handycam Station included
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Product Description

Product Description

The compact size of this camcorder combined with its miniscule recording media make the HDR-CX7 high definition Handycam(R) camcorder a joy to use. Ultra-lightweight and easy to carry, it features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and Super SteadyShot(R) optical image stabilization for stunningly sharp high definition video. Its large, 2.7-inch wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel SwivelScreen(TM) technology makes it simple to view what you're recording at almost any angle. Record and play back both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video recorded on standard 3-inch (8cm) DVD media. Optical stabilization achieves a higher level of smoothness without the video degradation that mars some digital stabilization systems. Shoot ultra-close ups without the camcorder casting a shadow on your subject in exceptional still pictures and video with stunning detail and clarity (1080 lines of resolution - HD Mode or 530 lines of horizontal resolution - SD Mode). Scene Modes - Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset InfoLithium with AccuPower(TM) Meter System (NP-FH60) Battery Type 35mm Equivalent Optics/Lens - 40-400mm(16 - 9 Camera Mode), 49-490mm (4 - 3 Camera Mode), 40-400mm (16 - 9 Memory Mode) and 37-370mm (4 - 3 Memory Mode) Shutter Speed - Auto, 1/2 - 1/500 Inputs and Outputs - Analog Audio/Video Output, USB Port, Digital Audio/Video Input & Output, HDMI, Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output and S-Video Output Dimensions - 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch (69 x 67 x 129mm) Weight - 15 ounces (450 grams) with supplied battery

From the Manufacturer

For the first time, record High Definition directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media card. The HDR-CX7 includes a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, so you can capture the detail and clarity of high definition. Plus, you can take still images and video at the same time, all with exceptional battery life so you're sure to capture every moment.

HDR-CX7 Highlights

3.2-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor The 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS sensor provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (1080 lines of resolution in HD Mode; 530 lines of horizontal resolution in SD Mode) and still image performance (6.1-megapixel). Unlike traditional CCD imagers, CMOS sensors require less power, providing better battery performance.

Switchable HD/SD format recording The HDR-CX7 is capable of recording and playing back both High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video recorded on Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately).

x.v.Color Technology x.v.Color technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than currently possible. This provides a more accurate and vivid color range, for a more natural, lifelike overall experience.

10x optical/20x digital zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, the digital zoom interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario- Sonnar T* lens Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The additional T* coating on the lens further reduces unwanted glare and flare.

2.7-inch widescreen Hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display The 2.7-inch 16:9 LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resoltuion. The 211K-pixel screen also rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Smooth slow record By increasing the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps) to 240 fps for 3 seconds allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is great for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, record an audio track to narrate what is being seen in the video.

Memory Stick PRO Duo Media slot Capture still images up to 2848 x 2136 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo Media for easy trasfer to PCs for emailing, printing or shairing with other compatible Memory Stick PRO Duo devices.

Dual record While recording video in High Definition you have the ability to capture a 4.6-megapixel still image directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization system An advanced form of Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of vide like some digital stabilization systems.

Tele Macro function Useful for shooting close up shots, but without having the camcorder casting a shadow on the subject. Images shot in the Tele Macro mode will have the subject properly focused with the background unfocussed so that the subject stands out.

Active Interface Shoe Provides a location directly on the camcorder on which to add optional accessories while providing power and two-way communication to those accessories.

Built-in intelligent flash For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows.

Super NightShot infrared system With Sony's NightShot infrared system, capture video in total darkeness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away. Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. Color Slow Shutter mode allows you to record in low light situations with full color detail by slowing down the shutter speed.

Scene Selection modes Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: HDR-CX7
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,909 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 18, 2005

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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful By kits on August 16, 2007
I happened to own Canon HV20 Camcorder briefly until I saw this camcorder with my friend. I loved everything about HV20 except it's cheap(call it ugly) design and build quality. Also, I didn't like the concept of tape anymore after having over 30+ MiniDVs that are collecting dust.

I've owned a MiniDV Camcorder now for over 8 years and it still works great. But, I could never transfer 30+ tapes I have taken so far to any media except the first one. Why?

Tape based vs Flash Media
The DV Tape capture is a nightmare process. Takes forever to capture to PC, edit and burn DVD. With flash media, I can delete any scene I don't like right on camcorder and later don't have to deal with it while editing. Also, when I shoot silent scenes (which is very rare), I can hear the tape motor sound. I noticed this even on the new Canon HV20. Also, sometimes we want to delete some scenes we recorded earlier on the tape. That is practically useless on tape as that space on tape is wasted. With flash memory, you delete a scene and the memory available increases right away.
Some reviewers say Flash memory is expensive. While true it can't be too expensive for someone who sheds 1K on a camcorder. Moreover, their prices are falling faster than the real-estate prices in Northern Virginia. You can get couple of 4GBs and one Portable Storage Device(PSD) like WOLVERINE DATA FlashPac 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader and 60 GB Storage Device 7060 and you are done with buying any more flash memory.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John Reynolds on July 12, 2007
I love this camcorder! I received it in the mail today, so this review is still fresh, but so far, I like what I am seeing. The camera is incredibly light and small, even more so than I originally thought it would be. In fact, it's almost so small that my hand wraps all the way around it which in and of itself isn't such a great thing given that the wrist wrap doesn't really serve that much of a purpose anymore. I find that when holding it, I prop it up with my right hand and balance it with my left. The LCD screen is quite large for how small the camcorder is, which is nice, and all of the buttons, while taking a bit of time to figure out, are easy to use and hit with your finger. The memory stick pro duo slot is small and I can see how it might be easy to damage a duo card, especially when transferring cards in/out if you are doing a lot of filming, but in general it's not so bad. I haven't tried the HDMI port since apparently it's one of those mini-HDMI ports Sony seems so fond of these days, but I have hooked the camera up to my 60" Sony SXRD via component (via the included Handycam base station). The picture on HD (SP) -- the default HD video mode, looks really good, even in low lighting conditions, though I found the footage to be a little bit grainy. When upping the picture quality to XP (highest quality), any and all colors just POPPED out onto the screen, and a bit of the graininess was eliminated. Easy and fun to use, small (great for travelling) and a great picture, I give this one 4 stars not 5 only because of small faults in the picture quality and because of the need and current cost of buying extra components such as extra memory stick duo cards, avchd players for home media setups, etc.

July 26th:

--Still liking the camera.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Niemeyer on August 31, 2007
Having not seen any HD video from a camcorder I was expecting something more than I got... In the right lighting it is very sharp and nice, but in anything other than perfect lighting the video is *very* grainy... This is not HD video of the kind you see on t.v... it's sharp, but has extremely poor color depth. The "X.V Color" that they advertise seems to mean "crank up the saturation artificially to a ridiculous level"... which sometimes is ok, but really just overcompensates for the poor color depth... People's faces are flat pancakes of orange tone... and in general colors are only passable when lighting is great.

The features are nifty and overall the form factor is nice. I'm just not sure that the image quality is worth giving up a 3CCD minidv standard def for... it's a really tough choice.

One more minor thing - the "240 fps" super slow mode is neat, but they don't mention that it records in very low def for some reason... not terribly usable on a hi-def output.

Again, I am not comparing this to other HD camcorders because I have not seen the output of those... And everything I"ve read about this cam says that the HD quality is good or great. But from an objective viewer who's not used to anything but t.v. HD the quality is borderline at best...

I'll probably keep it until something better comes along and then upgrade. I'd be very curious to know if the quality is a limitation of AVCHD or just this camera.



I'm adding this update after having used the camera for several months - reasonably happy with the camera.

I'm finding that the quality is actually pretty good, especially if you do any further compression. E.g.
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