Sony HDR-FX7 HD Camcorder

20x Opt, 3.5" LCD - MPN: HDRFX7
Product Details
Description
The Sony HDR-FX7 is a lightweight camcorder capable of delivering 1080i video via MiniDV tapes using the HDV format. This camera bears some resemblance to the Sony HDR-FX1 in both form and function, but boasts a few changes sure to entice consumers, enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 3.5 in
Interface Connection 1 x LANC, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x USB, 1 x i.Link, 1 x Component Video Out, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Microphone, 1 x S-Video Out, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DC Power In
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 1440 x 1080
Image Stabilization Optical
Product Type Professional Camcorder
normalized-Optical Zoom 20
normalized-Weight 57.92
Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam HDR-FX7
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 30, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent overall video quality; responsive focus and zoom. THE BAD: Menu navigation doesnt circle back; useless manual; anemic audio support. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is an excellent high-definition camcorder from a video perspective, but its less satisfying if youre an audio control freak.

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Sony Hdrfx7
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Hdrfx7 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.45 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #11 HDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Best Professional and Prosumer Camcorders
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 16, 2011

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony HDR-FX7 Mini DV Camcorder as the Best Professional and Prosumer Camcorders. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Sony HDR-FX7E
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 17 expert reviews for Sony HDR-FX7E and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Camcorder with Price Under $2000 For Ease Of Use
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 16, 2010

Video is Good according to 11 Camcorder experts. -- "Excellent overall video quality"-reviews.cnet.com -- "Excellent overall video quality."-review.zdnet.com -- "bright vivid colors"-videomaker.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

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User Reviews
The perfect camera almost
5 Star Review   By bigginz on Adorama - Feb 26, 2012   

This camera does awesome video, I have not found much that I can't film. To the almost perfect camera I wish it had Sony night-shot.

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The cam that i one to want for ever.
5 Star Review   By Soram on Adorama - Aug 9, 2010   

Best cam for my needs.

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Nice Compact, Lightweight Pro Level High Definition Camera
4 Star Review   By member TechnoGuru - Aug 11, 2007   

Strengths: Pro level 1080i HD camera in a light-weight, well balanced package. Good manual control, EXCELLENT auto white balance.

Weakness: Low light performance is weak, as is low light focus performance. Manual controls not as well laid out as the FX1 and competitor’s products. No 24p/30p modes.

The FX-7 feels good in your hand, and considering most of my work involves hand held shots, this is very important for me. It’s back to front and side to side balance are superb, especially with an extended battery installed. For those who shoot from the hip a lot (as I do), the top handle is also perfectly balanced, you never have to think about keeping the camera even because it just naturally hangs perfectly horizontally from your hand. This is a huge deal for me, and in fact it is the reason I decided against the technically superior Canon XH A1 – the Canon is way off balance, and you constantly have to concentrate on keeping your shot even, or the horizon horizontal. The FX-7 is a real photographer’s camera – you can concentrate on your scenes and shots instead of on handling the camera. The FX-7 has all the usual manual control that you expect from a pro level camera. This is the good news. The bad news is that the layout and accessibility of the manual control could have been a lot better. For example, manual shutter and gain are both controlled by the TINY menu wheel multi controller which is way down at the bottom rear of the camera. All other manual control requires delving into the menus, using aforementioned tiny wheel. On a positive note, you can create up to 6 picture profiles (groups of your favorite settings) that you can quickly access from the profiles button on the side of the camera. To compensate for the lack of dedicated buttons for manual adjustments, Sony offers up 6 programmable buttons – however 3 of those buttons are also tape transport buttons under the flip out LCD panel, and thus useless when using the finder (LCD closed), or in VCR mode. To give an example of why this is a pain, lets say you don’t like having to go through the menus to access the “end search” feature, so you want to assign it to a programmable button. But because the 3 assignable buttons under the LCD are also tape transport buttons, and only assignable in camera mode, you now have to waste one of the 3 main assignable buttons on the lens barrel for end search. Also, the assignable buttons are not assignable to every manual function in the camera, only the ones that Sony thinks are important. The FX-7 has really, really superb auto white balance. With the FX-7 it is actually quite possible to pass through multiple different types of lighting, and the camera will adjust on the fly with results that are almost as good as stopping to do a full manual white balance for each change in the lighting (yes, even under fluorescent and incandescent lighting!). The upper handle zoom is NOT a pressure sensitive variable speed zoom rocker, can only be set via a switch for a zoom speed of off, low or high. The camera has a full compliment of output jacks, the most important of which are HDMI for viewing, and iLink / firewire for capturing. By design (copyright regulations) HDMI can NOT be used for transferring camera data or capturing footage. The FX7 has a fabulous 3.5” trans-reflective LCD that can be seen under the brightest noon day sun, and gives an excellent representation of you can expect to see on your computer or HD TV. As has been mentioned elsewhere on the web, the FX-7 is never going to win any awards for low light performance. Low light performance could best be described as “adequate and nothing more”. Under most indoor conditions, the FX-7 is already starting to “gain up” at a shutter speed of 1/60 and iris wide open at f1.6. This is in stark contrast to the Canon XH A1 which didn’t even have the iris (aperture) wide open under the same lighting conditions with the same shutter speed. The FX-7 also tends to start hunting for focus as the lighting falls off, however no more or less than the FX-1 under the same conditions. And both are heads and shoulders above the focusing performance of the Sony consumer HDV lineup. However, when compared to the Canon XH A1 (or even the Canon HV20 for that matter), well, there is no comparison in low light. In conclusion, the FX-7 is a really nice pro level camera. Not perfect, and there’s plenty of room for improvement (maybe a FX-9 in 2008?), but at the end of the day, it is a solid product that definitely produces great results. Is it for everybody? Definitely not! A lot of people are going to look at the Canon XH A1, and decide that it is the superior camera, and in some ways it is, especially if it never leaves your tripod or steady-cam brace. But for me, shooting 90% hand held, the unbalanced handling of the A1 was a total deal breaker. I simply couldn’t stand shooting with the A1 for more than 5 minutes. The FX-7, well, you might almost forget you’ve got it in your hand. For me, that makes it the better tool. Your mileage may vary!

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HDR-FX1
4 Star Review   By member JamTone - Feb 26, 2007   

Strengths: Great Resolution, Great sound when using a professional boom mic such as Audio Technica 500. Superior Picture Quality

Weakness: No HDMI port for computer interface. Built in filter converters hdv to 16:9 DV.

This was the sweetest video camera I ever had in my hands. People take you seriously when you are standing there with a high definition prosumer camera. It records true HiDef 1080i. The major drawback is that you can't dump the high definition footage directly on your computer. The HDR-FX7 has a HDMI port, but the HDR-FX1 does not. That is a major drawback for someone who is trying to create film from a digital video because an IEEE 1394 NTSC Firewire interface only supports resolution at 720:480. That makes the HDR-FX7 have better quality video. I think the HDR-FX1 is better because it is an excelent 3chip prosumer camera, and it makes me look like a serious professional videographer. There are links to several short films that where shot on the HDR-FX1 online at ITCA.TV

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Product Details
Description
The Sony HDR-FX7 is a lightweight camcorder capable of delivering 1080i video via MiniDV tapes using the HDV format. This camera bears some resemblance to the Sony HDR-FX1 in both form and function, but boasts a few changes sure to entice consumers, enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 3.5 in
Interface Connection 1 x LANC, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x USB, 1 x i.Link, 1 x Component Video Out, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Microphone, 1 x S-Video Out, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DC Power In
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 1440 x 1080
Image Stabilization Optical
Product Type Professional Camcorder
normalized-Optical Zoom 20
normalized-Weight 57.92
Summary
Product Title Sony HDR-FX7 HD Camcorder
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.3 | 9 Reviews
Image Processor
Image Sensor: CMOS
Image Sensor Quantity: 3
Image Sensor Size: 1/4"
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 20 X
Digital Zoom: 30 X
Filter Diameter: 62 mm
Video Recording
Video Capture Format: DV, HDV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2
Minimum Lux Rating: 4 lux
General Features
Additional Features: Viewfinder
Power
Power Source: InfoLithium, Rechargeable Battery
Dimensions
Height: 6.25 in
Weight: 3.62 lbs
Width: 5.75 in
Depth: 13.75 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Electronic
Image Format: JPEG
Video Broadcast Standards: NTSC (analog)
Product Series: HDR
Product Line: Handycam
White Balance: Auto, Preset Modes
Max Focal Length: 78 mm
Flash: Accessory Shoe
Effective Video Resolution: 2.3 Megapixel
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/10000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed: 1/4 Second
Total Camcorder Resolution: 3.4 Megapixel
Product Model: HDR-FX7
Effective Image Resolution: 2.3 Megapixel
Brand Name: Sony
Total Pixels: 1120000
Parent Product Type: Camcorder
Included Components: Battery, Battery Recharger, Remote
Audio Support: Dolby Digital
Minimum Shutter Speed: 4 1/f
Min Aperture: 11 1/f
White Balance Modes: AutoIndoorOne-PushOutdoor
Maximum Video Lines: 1080
Min Focal Length: 3.9 mm
Max Aperture: 1.6 1/f
Interlaced Scan: Yes
Frequency Band: 5.9 W Power Consumption with HDV and 5.7 W with DVEffective Pixels in Wide Scree (16:9) Modes:Video: 3.11 MegaPixelsStill: 3.11 MegaPixels
Maximum Shutter Speed: 10000 1/f
Exposure Settings: Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure
Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam HDR-FX7
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jan 30, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent overall video quality; responsive focus and zoom. THE BAD: Menu navigation doesnt circle back; useless manual; anemic audio support. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Sony Handycam HDR-FX7 is an excellent high-definition camcorder from a video perspective, but its less satisfying if youre an audio control freak.

Read the full review »

Sony Hdrfx7
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Hdrfx7 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.45 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #11 HDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

Read the full review »

Best Professional and Prosumer Camcorders
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 16, 2011

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony HDR-FX7 Mini DV Camcorder as the Best Professional and Prosumer Camcorders. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Sony HDR-FX7E
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 17 expert reviews for Sony HDR-FX7E and the average expert rating is 82 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Camcorder with Price Under $2000 For Ease Of Use
3 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 16, 2010

Video is Good according to 11 Camcorder experts. -- "Excellent overall video quality"-reviews.cnet.com -- "Excellent overall video quality."-review.zdnet.com -- "bright vivid colors"-videomaker.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Optics, Battery, Interface, etc.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
The perfect camera almost
5 Star Review   By bigginz on Adorama - Feb 26, 2012   

This camera does awesome video, I have not found much that I can't film. To the almost perfect camera I wish it had Sony night-shot.

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The cam that i one to want for ever.
5 Star Review   By Soram on Adorama - Aug 9, 2010   

Best cam for my needs.

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Nice Compact, Lightweight Pro Level High Definition Camera
4 Star Review   By member TechnoGuru - Aug 11, 2007   

Strengths: Pro level 1080i HD camera in a light-weight, well balanced package. Good manual control, EXCELLENT auto white balance.

Weakness: Low light performance is weak, as is low light focus performance. Manual controls not as well laid out as the FX1 and competitor’s products. No 24p/30p modes.

The FX-7 feels good in your hand, and considering most of my work involves hand held shots, this is very important for me. It’s back to front and side to side balance are superb, especially with an extended battery installed. For those who shoot from the hip a lot (as I do), the top handle is also perfectly balanced, you never have to think about keeping the camera even because it just naturally hangs perfectly horizontally from your hand. This is a huge deal for me, and in fact it is the reason I decided against the technically superior Canon XH A1 – the Canon is way off balance, and you constantly have to concentrate on keeping your shot even, or the horizon horizontal. The FX-7 is a real photographer’s camera – you can concentrate on your scenes and shots instead of on handling the camera. The FX-7 has all the usual manual control that you expect from a pro level camera. This is the good news. The bad news is that the layout and accessibility of the manual control could have been a lot better. For example, manual shutter and gain are both controlled by the TINY menu wheel multi controller which is way down at the bottom rear of the camera. All other manual control requires delving into the menus, using aforementioned tiny wheel. On a positive note, you can create up to 6 picture profiles (groups of your favorite settings) that you can quickly access from the profiles button on the side of the camera. To compensate for the lack of dedicated buttons for manual adjustments, Sony offers up 6 programmable buttons – however 3 of those buttons are also tape transport buttons under the flip out LCD panel, and thus useless when using the finder (LCD closed), or in VCR mode. To give an example of why this is a pain, lets say you don’t like having to go through the menus to access the “end search” feature, so you want to assign it to a programmable button. But because the 3 assignable buttons under the LCD are also tape transport buttons, and only assignable in camera mode, you now have to waste one of the 3 main assignable buttons on the lens barrel for end search. Also, the assignable buttons are not assignable to every manual function in the camera, only the ones that Sony thinks are important. The FX-7 has really, really superb auto white balance. With the FX-7 it is actually quite possible to pass through multiple different types of lighting, and the camera will adjust on the fly with results that are almost as good as stopping to do a full manual white balance for each change in the lighting (yes, even under fluorescent and incandescent lighting!). The upper handle zoom is NOT a pressure sensitive variable speed zoom rocker, can only be set via a switch for a zoom speed of off, low or high. The camera has a full compliment of output jacks, the most important of which are HDMI for viewing, and iLink / firewire for capturing. By design (copyright regulations) HDMI can NOT be used for transferring camera data or capturing footage. The FX7 has a fabulous 3.5” trans-reflective LCD that can be seen under the brightest noon day sun, and gives an excellent representation of you can expect to see on your computer or HD TV. As has been mentioned elsewhere on the web, the FX-7 is never going to win any awards for low light performance. Low light performance could best be described as “adequate and nothing more”. Under most indoor conditions, the FX-7 is already starting to “gain up” at a shutter speed of 1/60 and iris wide open at f1.6. This is in stark contrast to the Canon XH A1 which didn’t even have the iris (aperture) wide open under the same lighting conditions with the same shutter speed. The FX-7 also tends to start hunting for focus as the lighting falls off, however no more or less than the FX-1 under the same conditions. And both are heads and shoulders above the focusing performance of the Sony consumer HDV lineup. However, when compared to the Canon XH A1 (or even the Canon HV20 for that matter), well, there is no comparison in low light. In conclusion, the FX-7 is a really nice pro level camera. Not perfect, and there’s plenty of room for improvement (maybe a FX-9 in 2008?), but at the end of the day, it is a solid product that definitely produces great results. Is it for everybody? Definitely not! A lot of people are going to look at the Canon XH A1, and decide that it is the superior camera, and in some ways it is, especially if it never leaves your tripod or steady-cam brace. But for me, shooting 90% hand held, the unbalanced handling of the A1 was a total deal breaker. I simply couldn’t stand shooting with the A1 for more than 5 minutes. The FX-7, well, you might almost forget you’ve got it in your hand. For me, that makes it the better tool. Your mileage may vary!

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HDR-FX1
4 Star Review   By member JamTone - Feb 26, 2007   

Strengths: Great Resolution, Great sound when using a professional boom mic such as Audio Technica 500. Superior Picture Quality

Weakness: No HDMI port for computer interface. Built in filter converters hdv to 16:9 DV.

This was the sweetest video camera I ever had in my hands. People take you seriously when you are standing there with a high definition prosumer camera. It records true HiDef 1080i. The major drawback is that you can't dump the high definition footage directly on your computer. The HDR-FX7 has a HDMI port, but the HDR-FX1 does not. That is a major drawback for someone who is trying to create film from a digital video because an IEEE 1394 NTSC Firewire interface only supports resolution at 720:480. That makes the HDR-FX7 have better quality video. I think the HDR-FX1 is better because it is an excelent 3chip prosumer camera, and it makes me look like a serious professional videographer. There are links to several short films that where shot on the HDR-FX1 online at ITCA.TV

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