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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 332 reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the memory and battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, reliability

battery, 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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design and durability. The price and reliability also get good reviews. Many are negative about the battery, and views are divided on the portability.

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

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Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from 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 People are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated.

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

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Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

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.

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (

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...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: John Neely (

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...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Videomaker (

Sony HVR-V1U HDV Camcorder Review


V1U - The Little Brother

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

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

Oct, 2011

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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...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Videomaker (

Sony HDR-FX7 HDV Camcorder Review


The HDV Line is Growing

Light weight, Good low light performance, 20x optical zoom

Auto focus searches a little, Iris control automatically switches to gain, No XLR inputs

May, 2009

Expert review by: Heath McKnight (

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

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Brian Peterson (

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.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: Brent Holland (

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.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: David Hague (

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...

Jan, 2007

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


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


Display (Projector)

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


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



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


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


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