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Overall...very satisfied with this camcorder,
This review is from: Sony HDR-UX7 6MP AVCHD DVD High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)Pros:
1. Built like a tank. Very sturdy and comfortable to grip
2. AVCHD recording gives beautiful, breathtaking pictures. It captures more color than my eyes can. Outdoor shootings are incredible, even with just HD SP setting. Indoor is OK.
3. Big LCD
4. Nice NP-FH70 battery included
5. Downconverted AVCHD to Std Def DVD Video using the supplied software is incredible and retains the DD 5.1 sound as well. It matches or even surpasses the quality of the Sony top of the line std def DVD camcorder DCR-DVD508.
6. AVCHD can be recorded on a regular DVD-R media. We can combine multiple mini-DVD into one DVD-R for at least 1 hour video in AVCHD. Once the next generation HD player like Blu-ray becomes affordable, you can watch incredible HD picture using the regular DVD blanks.
7. Mini-DVD doesn't require you to connect the camcorder to PC when transferring the video to PC
1. Recording time. This is the trade-off of choosing Mini-DVD. One Mini-DVD can record only about 14 minutes at HQ setting and 18 minutes at SP. I haven't tried the highest HQ+ setting, I'm thinking like a Hummer gas mileage.
2. Heavier than average DVD-Camcorder. This is the trade-off of having very large CMOS sensor.
3. AVCHD playback options are very limited right now. Only the camcorder itself and Blu-ray player can play it.
4. Downconverting AVCHD to Std-Def DVD takes a lot of your PC muscle. I left it overnight and it was completed in the morning.
5. TOUCH SCREEN!!! Sony please get away from this very annoying feature. The beautiful glossy LCD screen is full of smudge from my fingerprint. Playing back to my TV using HDMI, I still have to open the LCD to press the play button, and the HDMI cable gets on the way when I try to open and close the LCD.
Besides those cons I've mentioned above, it is still a great camera. I don't regret at all of choosing DVD. The decision of using tape vs. mini-DVD vs. HDD is yours. Every media has its own pros and cons, but you can't go wrong to go with HD camcorder right now.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2007 8:40:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2007 8:41:11 AM PDT
Satyabrata Mahapatra says:
Dear A. Laksana,
After reading your comment I just purchased this recently. I experience one problem i.e. at the end of every video clip, it records a noice (like shutting a big and heavy old woden door). Have you experienced something like this? If you read this comment please write the answer here or email me to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you can).
Thanks and best regards,
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2007 11:43:47 AM PDT
A. Laksana says:
No, I've never experienced any noise whatsoever.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2007 6:59:29 PM PDT
Jon Lister says:
Hi, your review was very helpful to me too and I think I am ready to buy this camera now! I am not understanding one thing though - why are you ever converting to from ACVHD to standard if you are supposed to be able to play the regular dvd's on virtually any machine? Basically, I have a blue-ray player, but my in-laws do not. I want to be able to record short clips of our new baby at HQ+, burn a couple of copies, and send them out to family and have it so we can watch HD with our blue-ray, but they can also watch it on their regular dvd player. Is this how it works, or will I have to convert it every time?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2007 3:22:58 PM PDT
A. Laksana says:
Regular standard definition DVD player cannot play AVCHD codec. You need to downconvert your AVCHD to regular DVD-video codec for the regular DVD player to be able to play it. Only Sony Blu-ray player/PS3 can play AVCHD codec.
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