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Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 331 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The value for money and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and features.

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

features, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 15 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, battery, value for money, portability, build quality

features, reliability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-FX7E Handycam HDV 1080iSony HDR-FX7E Handycam HDV 1080iSony HDR-FX 7

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

features

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sony Handycam HDR-FX7

 

Though "budget" isn't a term that readily applies to a $3,500 camcorder, you might think of Sony's Handycam HDR-FX7 as a budget version of its older sibling, the $3,700 Handycam HDR-FX1 . Like the HDR-FX1, the HDR-FX7 is a three-chip, " prosumer " HD...

Excellent overall video quality; responsive focus and zoom.

Menu navigation doesn't circle back; useless manual; anemic audio support.

The Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is an excellent high-definition camcorder from a video perspective, but it's less satisfying if you're an audio control freak.

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Sony HDR-FX7 Camcorder Review

 

Sony has categorized the HDR-FX7 as a consumer camcorder, despite the very un-consumer MSRP of $3500 and a very prosumer design and manual control suite. Ah, were it only so that people shopped by imposed categories. Instead, of course, they shop by...

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Sony HDR-FX7 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

Sony's new HDR-FX7 joins the HDR-FX1 atop the company's consumer line of HDV camcorders, and closely resembles the DCR-VX2100. The VX2100, in turn, is derived from the DCR-VX1000 andndash; the first ever MiniDV camcorder, sprung on an analog world in...

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HDR-FX7 Sony Handycam – Good battery life

 

Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is different from its sibling, the HDR-FX1 and in terms of optics and sensors which make it an altogether different camcorder. A lot of changes here make the device a consumer-friendly or consumer sales friendly model. For...

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Sony HVR-V1u HDV Camcorder

 

The Sony HVR-V1u is a small but powerful cinema-style HDV camcorder, with 3 CMOS sensors that pack quite a punch. The camera also provides 24p, 30p and 60i recording capabilities, plus added cinegamma and color features. With the cost down over $1,000...

Small but powerful cinema-style camcorder

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Camcorder Review: Sony HVR-V1U HDV

 

Sony's latest addition to its professional HDV camcorder lineup is the HVR-V1U. This camcorder is packed with a host of features designed for serious amateurs and budding professionals

Fast Sharp imaging Good color saturation Excellent user control over major camcorder features

Moderately high-priced Slow auto-focus response in certain circumstances

The V1U is a well-built, feature-packed HDV camcorder capable of producing professional quality video.

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Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-FX7 HDV

 

It doesn't seem like that long ago that high-definition video was too technologically complicated to even consider. Over the past few years, the camcorder industry has not only made the technology readily available to almost any user group, but also...

High definition video, lightweight sturdy design, reasonable price tag... sounds like a winner to us.

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The Sony HDR-FX7

 

The FX7 is also a lot lighter than its predecessor by almost 25% but certainly has a more solid heft with many commentators criticising the FX1 because of its ?plasticky feel. The only criticism of the shape of the FX7 is that some videographers who...

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Sony HDR-FX7

 

The saturation levels are distinctly higher in auto mode than the Canon XH A1. This is the trademark crowd-pleasing color performance. It has the deep blues that run through nearly every Sony consumer camcorder on the market. The FX7 was also able to...

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Sony HVR-V1U

 

A new generation of high-definition camcorder is soon to hit thestreets, and if initial trial tests of the Sony HVR-V1U are anyindicator of what's to come, hang on to your production budget. Overthe course of several weeks, I shot some extreme sports...

Product Specifications

Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 1080i HDV camcorder is equipped with three-chip ClearVID CMOS Sensor technology to deliver exceptional high-def video and the utmost in creative control. For videographers on the move, the HDR-FX7 sports a compact body design, weighing in at about three pounds. It is approximately 40 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than Sony's first prosumer HDV model. Like previous HDV models, the HDR-FX7 can record and playback both 1080i HDV and standard definition DV video on standard miniDV tapes. Recorded HDV video can be conveniently edited with a choice of available HDV, non-linear editing software. Its HDMI interface offers simple, one-cord connection to compatible display devices so you can just plug and play into instead of struggling with multiple cables. The HDR-FX7 camcorder has a smooth slow record function. With its three sensors, the HDR-FX7 model can capture a six-second burst of video and play it back in 24 seconds as slow motion video. The model's dual record function allows users to capture 1.2-megapixel still images and shoot video simultaneously, with the press of a button. The HDR-FX7 camcorder sports a high-resolution viewfinder to accurately check composition, focus and image color. It also features a high-resolution, 3.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD screen with Clear Photo Plus LCD technology for superb contrast and accurate color reproduction. Ideal for the mobile videomaker, the LCD can be tilted out and swiveled for comfortable viewing in any shooting position. Both the viewfinder and LCD screen can be turned on independently or simultaneously.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.7in/17in
Height:6.1in/7.2in
Weight:3.1lbs/3.3lbs
Width:5.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-FX7/HDR-FX7E/HVR-V1U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:3.9mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Charcoal

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.2Megapixel/1.2Megapixel / 1.037Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.04Mpix/1.04Mpix / 1.037Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

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

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader/Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:HDV / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:1.5
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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