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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and battery are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the price. Many are negative about the memory.

portability, usability, image quality, battery, zoom


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 79/100 = Good quality.

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and battery are also appreciated, whereas reviews are divided on the portability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, battery, price, size, design


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

This summary is based on the products: HVR-V1E HDV CamcorderHVR-V1E HDV Camcorder

Mar, 2018

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the battery and zoom. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, zoom, battery


93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical ZoomSony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2018

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

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 : Douglas Spotted Eagle (

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...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Mike Hanlon (

Sony's HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, 1080 Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness


September 22, 2006 Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder was shown at a special event in New York earlier this week and reviewers are suggesting it will immediately be devoured by mid-level video production pros and filmmakers. This is the higher-end,...

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Thiis is a powerhouse camera


I have produced with this camera for several years. I like taking it on locations with me because its handheld abilities, excellent color production, I have been on extream locations and Sony has always come through with flying colors. Thanks Sony!

Great picture quality and quick access for news and documentary production work

Accessories for downloading video to PC

Apr, 2011

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shoots dark bright light a must

Jul, 2010

Consumer review (

A true disappointment


I'm using Leopard (10.5.8) but I can't download the movies! Now I have to bring a card reader with me everywhere I go? or buy the latest OSX?? This is just ridiculous.

As good as it gets as a videocam

A ridiculous cam that isn't compatible with Mac 10.5.8

Jun, 2010

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Works on Mac Snow Leopard (10.6) / iMovie 9.0


I followed the directions for Mac to the letter, following the sequence exactly: turn on camera, then plug in USB, and imported into iMovie (9.0) without a problem using Snow Leopard (10.6) I could not import to my husband's iMovie (6.0.3) using Mac OS...

low lighting ; face recognition ; audio excellent without external mic


Jun, 2010

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Great cam


overall is a great camera for the price!

Awesome quality, great zoom, great colors

no internal memory, you need to buy at least 2-3 sd cards if you are going to film on the best quality

Mar, 2010

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NPF970
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570
Video recording time:60

Camcorder Features

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


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:4
Photo effects:Skin tones
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:3.5
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

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


Color of product:Black


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.04
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1.12 / 2.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.47 - 29.4
Digital Zoom:30
Filter size:2.44
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.47 - 29.4
Focal length range (f-f):1.28 - 15.4
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:3.9mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual



Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

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)

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Manual focus: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1440

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, Component, USB / AC, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Lens hood: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
XLR in: Yes

Pro Camcorder Features


Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:0.25 - 0.0001
Camera shutter type:Mechanical

Still Image

Histogram: Yes


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / Videotape
Camcorder tape type:DVCAM, HDV / HDV / HDV, Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080p
Video compression format:MPEG1, MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG1,MPEG2
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

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


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.13 / 7.24
Height:12.7 / 5.94
Weight:0.847 / 10.6 / 3.31
Width:14.4 / 5.16

White Balance

White Balance:Auto