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Sony Handycam HDR-CX7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the control panel and features.

portability, value for money, usability, image quality, memory

viewfinder, features, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-CX7


Sony is usually first to market with ground-breaking technology—Walkman, Trinitron, CD players, HDV camcorders–you know the drill. The company, along with Panasonic, created the newer AVCHD high-def camcorder format and had the first models for sale,...

Quality HD video recording to flash memory; intuitive menu system

No card compatibility with Sony flat panel TVs; poor supplied software

Sony has introduced a high-quality HD camcorder that records to flash memory

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX7


Join me, if you will, along the slow march toward the obsolescence of tape in video. We've definitely got a long road ahead of us, but it's fun to notice how much camcorders have changed already. On the one hand, tapeless camcorders such as Sony's...

Excellent video and performance; impressive still photos for a camcorder; adequate manual controls; docking station included.

No wind filter; USB on dock only, not on camcorder; doesn't include Mini HDMI cable; no viewfinder.

As the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR7, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin.

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Sony HDR-CX700V Camcorder Review


Sony's newest high-end camcorder—the Handycam HDR-CX700V—offers Full HD 60p and 24p recording, as well as a traditional 60i record mode. These new frame rate options, along with the camcorder's 96GB of internal flash memory, make it one of the more...


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Sony HDR-CX7 Camcorder Review


Of the multitude of high definition camcorders Sony has released this year, the HDR-CX7 is undoubtedly the most fetching to the eye. Gone are cumbersome, bulky elements like a tape deck, DVD bay, or a lot of on-board ports and jacks. The problem with...

If Sharper Image or SkyMall suddenly decided to sell decent-quality merchandise instead of its normal garbage, the Sony HDR-CX7 would be a front-page feature. And if the brand association wasn't so detrimental, Sony would probably love that. It's a...

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V


The Sony HDR-CX760V: 2012 Camcorder of the Year and Prosumer Camcorder of the Year.

Sony's 2012 flagship camcorder is pricy, but it's worth it.

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Camcorder Review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 AVCHD Camcorder


The HDR-CX7 is the first Sony camcorder to record AVCHD video directly to Sony's Memory Stick PRO Duo. The CX7 is very small and fits in one hand easily. With a collection of other features, like its 1/2.9" ClearVid CMOS sensor and dual record mode,...

Record AVCHD to memory stick ; Capture stills while recording video ; Smooth Slow Record mode ; Compact and lightweight ; High-quality HD video with accurate color

No viewfinder ; Manual controls embedded in touch screen navigation system

A sleek and compact AVCHD camera that records great-looking video/still images directly to Memory Stick, is relatively easy to use and includes features that will appeal to the consumer-level videographer.

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Sony HDR-CX7


Of the multitude of high definition camcorders Sony has released this year, the HDR-CX7 is undoubtedly the most fetching to the eye. Gone are cumbersome, bulky elements like a tape deck, DVD bay, or a lot of on-board ports and jacks. The problem with...

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AVCHD and the Sony HDR CX7


This month we've begun focusing on the future of consumer digital video; AVCHD. The Advanced Video Codec High Definition format is rapidly replacing the DV format in the consumer space, and will soon work its way up into the prosumer with forthcoming...

The Advanced Video Codec High Definition format is rapidly replacing the DV format in the consumer space


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Sony HDR-CX760V


When you are looking for an HDV camcorder that comes with a plethora of features, look no further than the Sony HDR-CX760V. Not only does it come with an embedded GPS so that you can tag exactly where you were when you took the video or photos; the...

The still camera megapixel resolution for this camera is 24.1 and it has an internal memory of 96GB

The digital zoom is only 120x while other cameras have more than three times that much

The combination of high resolution and gobs of memory give this camera an edge when it comes to recording in HD.

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my best and favourite


we use it on the boat and yes it has gotten splashed a few times and still works, we also take it quading ....bouncing and banging around this makes me say it is reliable beyond its design. Great camera for all types of shooting I.E. school functions ,...

excellent low light shot, great night shot, good stabilizer, good zoom, great reliability, good battery options, functional ad ons

zoom button in a bad position, no wind cut for 5.1 sound

Product Specifications

For the first time ever, record high definition directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media. The compact size of this camcorder combined with its miniscule recording media make the HDR-CX7 high definition Handycam 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 optical image stabilization for stunningly sharp high definition video. Plus, its large, 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel SwivelScreen technology makes it simple to view what you're recording - at almost any angle.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.3Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None