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Sony HDR-SR7 / SR7E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 259 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the features. The battery and value for money get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR7 / SR7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR7 Hard Drive Recorder

 

This Handycam felt rock solid and provided the best optical image stabilization. Its stop/start button is in the perfect place, but the zoom control is positioned right where your middle finger rests—bad idea. We like the “easy” mode, which, with the...

Rock-solid; good optical image stabilization; "easy" mode; great video quality

Awkwardly placed zoom button; stop button delay. Very slight artifacting

Getting past that, the camcorder’s performance with our video test shots was strong, with brightly lit situations displaying lifelike color and tack-sharp resolution. It did well with low and medium room light, too, and showed us the best contrast...

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR7

 

Sharing a perch at the top of Sony's HD prosumer camcorder line, the Handycam HDR-SR7 manages to combine a raft of cutting-edge capabilities without forgetting that its primary function is capturing high-quality HD video. This facility still doesn't...

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

No wind filter; no USB port on camcorder, just on bundled dock; annoying touch screen interface; cables not ubiquitous yet for mini-HDMI connector

The hard-drive-based analog of the HDR-HC7, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR7 finally delivers a cutting-edge HD video experience, complete with great video and compatibility frustrations.

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Sony Handycam Hdr-sr7

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR7 is a hard drive camcorder that offers much in the way of quality, with little in the way of complexity. This hard drive camcorder comes with a 60GB hard drive, allowing for up to nearly 25 hours of HD footage. With SuperSteady...

The Sony HDR-SR7 is a very impressive, easy-to-use hard drive camcorder with loads of professional-grade features. All in all, this is hard bargain to pass up

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"Good despite its age."

 

I recently picked this up on amazon for $347 in mint condition, it works wonderfully, it does better than my previous HD camcorder. The harddrive holds a good ammount of video, the picture quality (and video quality) is very good, at least for my...

AVCHD is easy to use with adobe programs, quality is unimaginably good, audio is cool, wind noise isn't too terrible to edit out (in advanced editing), nightshot, big harddrive, nice zoom, mic and headphone jacks, shoe, viewfinder

Touch screen will eventually break but it is holding up just fine for now, no USB jack on the camera itself, only 3 seconds of slow motion footage (never really got increased, even today).

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"defective left audio channel"

 

The product seems okay until I separate the audio tracks and found out the discrepancy of the left audio channel.

Large storage, decent video

audio clipping on left channel at lower frequencies

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR7

 

The product seems okay until I separate the audio tracks and found out the discrepancy of the left audio channel.

Large storage, decent video

audio clipping on left channel at lower frequencies

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A $1000 Nightmare

 

This is my best day with the Sony HDR-SR7 yet - I just returned it for a full refund! I don't claim to be a technical expert, but these consumer cameras should be somewhat intuitive and simple to use, right? Shooting is easy but that's where the good...

Compact, Nice on-screen controls

Transfer of Images

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"A $1000 Nightmare"

 

This is my best day with the Sony HDR-SR7 yet - I just returned it for a full refund! I don't claim to be a technical expert, but these consumer cameras should be somewhat intuitive and simple to use, right? Shooting is easy but that's where the good...

Compact, Nice on-screen controls

Transfer of Images

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"Macbook pro edits fine"

 

The CNET review mentions the AVCHD isn't easily supported, so I wanted to get the word out that Imovie on the Macbook Pro that I bought last year works great. Also, when Sony mentions that MAC doesn't support this product - they are talking about the...

Easy to Use, good picture, Imovie worked like a champ

none yet.....................

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Macbook pro edits fine

 

The CNET review mentions the AVCHD isn't easily supported, so I wanted to get the word out that Imovie on the Macbook Pro that I bought last year works great. Also, when Sony mentions that MAC doesn't support this product - they are talking about the...

Easy to Use, good picture, Imovie worked like a champ

none yet

Product Specifications

Experience amazing picture quality and convenience. The HDR-SR7 lets you record remarkably clear and detailed high definition video onto its convenient internal hard drive. The professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens ensures photo-realistic image quality, with a 10x optical/20x digital zoom that easily brings the action extra close, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization reduces blur from camcorder shake. Take command and get creative with manual control for focus, exposure, shutter speed and white balance. View your shooting on the 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display, featuring touch panel SwivelScreen technology, so you can view from any shooting angle. And capture more than movies using the dual record function to snap still images even while shooting video.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.7in/5.9in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs/1.3lbs
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR7/HDR-SR7E
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:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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