Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder

BH #SOHDRFX7 • MFR #HDR-FX7
Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder
Key Features
  • 3CMOS ClearVID Sensors
  • miniDV Cassette
  • 1080i
  • 16:9
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.

The camera comes equipped with three CMOS sensors. These sensors are arranged in the same manner as the more prevalent 3CCD cameras, one for each color channel. Sony's CMOS ClearVID technology helps increase resolution and image clarity while keeping the camera compact enough to take almost anywhere.

Additionally, the camera features both HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) output, along with optical image stabilization. All of this, combined with Sony's reputation for durability and reliability, makes the HDR-FX7 a perfect solution for news and event videography.

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Sony HDR-FX7 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV
  • 3ClearVID 3CMOS Technology
  • 4HDMI Output
  • 5Small and Lightweight
  • 6Optical Stabilization
  • 7Expanded Focus Assist
  • 820x Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 9Precision Focus and Zoom Controls
  • 10Highly Customizable

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.

The camera comes equipped with three CMOS sensors. These sensors are arranged in the same manner as the more prevalent 3CCD cameras, one for each color channel. Sony's CMOS ClearVID technology helps increase resolution and image clarity while keeping the camera compact enough to take almost anywhere.

Additionally, the camera features both HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) output, along with optical image stabilization. All of this, combined with Sony's reputation for durability and reliability, makes the HDR-FX7 a perfect solution for news and event videography.

High Definition on MiniDV Tapes with HDV

The HDV format used in the HDR-FX7 allows high definition recording on standard MiniDV tapes! This is accomplished by using the very popular MPEG-2 compression technique used in many applications, including DVDs.

ClearVID 3CMOS Technology

Sony's ClearVID sensors are positioned at a 45° angle. Since each pixel is positioned at this angle the result is far clearer diagonal lines. Images will appear crisper, without the apparent "jaggies" that often plague video signals.

HDMI Output

Many consumer products are adopting High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections for transmitting uncompressed digital HD video signals. Sony incorporates this into an already extensive array of video output choices on the FX7. Simply hook the camera up to your HDTV via this interface and view all your footage the way it was meant to be seen: purely digital!

Small and Lightweight

The FX7 has shaved off a few pounds in comparison to its big brother, the FX1, weighing in at less than 4 lbs! Not only will users be able to take this feature-rich camera almost anywhere, the reduced arm strain enables longer shoots.

Optical Stabilization

Sony has incorporated the sophisticated Super SteadyShot® optical stabilization system on the HDR-FX7. This technology helps users achieve glass-smooth shots even when conditions are less than forgiving.

Expanded Focus Assist

Focusing high definition can be very difficult on smaller LCDs. Their size makes it very hard to discern whether a scene is completely in focus or not. Sony's answer to this phenomenon is to give users the ability to zoom in; by localizing a segment of the frame, verifying focus becomes worlds easier.

20x Carl Zeiss Lens

The 20x lens fitted to the FX7 can be very useful when subjects are further away, such as when shooting live events and sports.

Precision Focus and Zoom Controls

The FX7 features both a zoom and focus ring capable of making precise adjustments while having the tactile feeling of manual controls.

Highly Customizable

Buttons can be mapped to a variety of different functions on the outside of the unit, allowing users to customize the camcorder for their specific needs. This can be very useful, especially if different situations demand several user-defined controls being readily available.

Sony HDR-FX7 Specs

Signal SystemNTSC/HDTV
HDV, DV
Image Device1/4" 3CMOS, 16:9, 1080i Capture
LensCarl Zeiss 20x Vario-Sonnar T
37.4-748mm, f/1.6-2.8
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Specified by Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution1080 Lines
Minimum Illumination4 Lux
Vertical SmearNot Specified by Manufacturer
Built-in FiltersND 1/4, 1/16
LCD Monitor3.5"
ViewfinderColor, 252,000 Pixels (16:9)
Scan MatchingYes
Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
Memory Card SlotMemory Stick PRO
Shutter SpeedAuto: 1/60-1/2000
Manual: 1/4-1/10000
Gain Selection0-18 dB
VTR-
Tape FormatMiniDV
Tape Speed18.812 mm/s
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Specified by Manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time60 min
Audio
Audio Dynamic RangeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Audio Signal FormatHDV: MPEG, Stereo
DV: PCM
Audio Frequency ResponseNot Specified by Manufacturer
General
Input and Output ConnectorsAnalog A/V: RCA Composite (x1 Output)
Digital A/V: i.LINK/FireWire, USB (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) (x1 Output)
Headphone Jack: Stereo Mini
Microphone Input: Stereo Mini
HDMI (x1 Output)
LANC: 2.5mm Mini (x1 Input)
Power Requirements7.2 VDC (Battery Pack)
8.4 VDC (AC Adapter)
Power ConsumptionHDV: 5.9W (VF/LCD)
DV: 5.7W (VF/LCD)
Operating Temperature32° to 104° F
0° to 40° C
Dimensions (WxHxD)5.8 x 6.2 x 12.8" (14.5 x 15.6 x 32.2 cm)
Weight3.6 lb (1.6 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.4 x 12.5 x 9.8"
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