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Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and image quality are overall positive. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the memory, and the zoom and features get negative opinions.

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

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-HC7


Sony has the widest selection of high-definition camcorders of any manufacturer. At last count they had 12, ranging from $999 to $3,699 USD. The company is touching almost all the high-def format and media bases this year including HDV (tape) and AVCHD...

Excellent HDV video; optical image stabilization; good ergonomics

No 24p Cinema mode; confusing menus

Like the Canon HV20, I have no problems recommending this camcorder even though it

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Sony Handycam HDR-HC7


So you've heard how much better video will look in the xvYCC color space and are set to drop $33,000 on the Sony Bravia KDL-70XBR3 70-inch LCD TV when it ships in May. But what will you play on it? Most likely home movies recorded with the Sony...

Excellent video and performance; satisfying photo quality; a decent set of manual controls for the target audience; bundled FireWire cable.

Annoying touch screen interface.

A great HD camcorder for deep-pocketed leisure shooters, as long as you like the Sony Handycam HDR-HC7's touch screen interface.

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Sony HDR-HC7 Camcorder Review


Sony's HDR-HC7 ($1399 MSRP) was to be one of the best, if not

It's impossible for us to conclude our review of the HDR-HC7 without thinking about what could have been. This is an excellent consumer camcorder that has the performance and features to make it a reasonable option as a backup for pros who need an...


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Sony HDR-HC7 First Impressions Review


The Sony HDR-HC7 now leads Sony's new, relatively affordable HD camcorder line. This HDV camcorder records to tape, like the HDR-HC3, and features an important upgrade in imager size that could make it Sony's best consumer HD camcorder of 2007, based...

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Sony HD Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-HC7 HDV Camcorder


Compact, capable and affordable. The new Sony HD HDR-HC7 is bound to spark interest among beginning or casual shooters looking for their first HDV camcorder and even serious hobbyists looking for an unobtrusive second camcorder. But don't let the size...

Good image quality Reliable automatic modes Manual control options

Most functions accessed through touchscreen menus

Sony's HDR-HC7 HDV Camcorder is a feature-rich but user-friendly HDV camcorder that produces good-quality images at a reasonable price.

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Sony HDR-HC7


At the time of its release, the Sony HDR-HC7 ($1399) is a likely runner-up for Camcorder of the Year. It has superb video quality in bright light, stellar handling, and a broad gamut of automatic and manual controls. Then along came the Canon HV20 with...

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Sony HDR-HC7


The HDR-HC7, as Sony's top truly consumer HDV camcorder (we're dismissing the HDR-FX7 as a contender in that category), comes equipped with only the best bits and pieces. Most of the top-end Sonys in each format offer a new imager, a 1/2.9" ClearVID...

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Sony Handycam Hdr-hc7


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C:32:11 Error; No/bad product support


Don't buy! Check the internet and determine how many consumers are a victim of this. Sony quality and support has gone way down over the years. Settle for a better brand. I used to buy Sony and this is the third strike and I will stop. It happened to...

Good picture quality if it works

Unstable, Tape won't go in making it completely dysfunctional. No Sony support for their defect

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"C:32:11 Error; No/bad product support"


Don't buy! Check the internet and determine how many consumers are a victim of this.

Good picture quality if it works

Unstable, Tape won't go in making it completely dysfunctional. No Sony support for their defect.

Product Specifications

The Sony Handycam HDR-HC7E is a compact HDV1080i high definition handycam with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, Optical Image Stabilizer, a wealth of manual controls and an HDMI connection. PRODUCT FEATURES: 6 megapixel still image recording and 4.6 megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies; STAMINA up to 6 hours 35 minutes; HDV / DV recording switchability; Enhanced imaging processor; 10x optical zoom / 80x digital zoom; 2.7" Wide "Clear Photo LCD plus" screen with touch panel; Wide color viewfinder; HDMI output for HD ready TV; i.LINK input / output for HDV and DV; USB 2.0 (full-speed); Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage; Usage guide function on LCD; Battery info; Auto lens cover.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


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:2.2Mpix
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)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail/Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD