Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder

Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder

Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 3CMOS ClearVID Sensors
  • miniDV Cassette
  • 1080i
  • 16:9
  • 20x Carl Zeiss Zoom
  • 3.5" LCD Display
  • Focus Assist
  • HDMI Output
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Sony HDR-FX7 overview

  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
Sony HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder
  • AC-L15A AC Adapter
  • RMT-831 Remote Control
  • NP-F570 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery (7.2v, 2200mAh) vuwwvzsfsvtbzqwfetefvrewfr
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • Composite A/V Cable
  • Component Cable
  • 1-Year Parts Warranty
    90-Day Labor Warranty
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    Sony HDR-FX7 specs

    Signal System NTSC/HDTV
    HDV, DV
    Image Device 1/4" 3CMOS, 16:9, 1080i Capture
    Lens Carl Zeiss 20x Vario-Sonnar T
    37.4-748mm, f/1.6-2.8
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
    Minimum Illumination 4 Lux
    Vertical Smear Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters ND 1/4, 1/16
    LCD Monitor 3.5"
    Viewfinder Color, 252,000 Pixels (16:9)
    Scan Matching Yes
    Different Ranges for Different Record Modes
    Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO
    Shutter Speed Auto: 1/60-1/2000
    Manual: 1/4-1/10000
    Gain Selection 0-18 dB
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    Tape Format MiniDV
    Tape Speed 18.812 mm/s
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time 60 min
    Audio
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format HDV: MPEG, Stereo
    DV: PCM
    Audio Frequency Response Not Specified by Manufacturer
    General
    Input and Output Connectors Analog 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 Requirements 7.2 VDC (Battery Pack)
    8.4 VDC (AC Adapter)
    Power Consumption HDV: 5.9W (VF/LCD)
    DV: 5.7W (VF/LCD)
    Operating Temperature 32° 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)
    Weight 3.6 lb (1.6 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.4 x 12.5 x 9.8"

    Sony HDR-FX7 reviews

    HDR-FX7 3CMOS HDV 1080i Camcorder is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 120.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Look Elsewhere I have two of these for my high school media courses and have consistant problems with both. This biggest problem is that they will NOT connect to computers to download footage. I have to use an older JVC to transfer from tape to the computer to edit. This is apparently a known problem judging from some forums on these and Sony will gladly fix them for me for $500 each. Terrible service, support, or ANY help from Sony. Looking for new cameras now that are not MiniDV and Sony is NOT on my list of possible choices. They have been so rude that I doubt I will ever buy another Sony product again, and I have over a dozen Sony electronic items in my home!
    Date published: 2013-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proffesional Film Maker loves the HDRFX7 When shooting and directing surf films for @ I have really high standards in regards to what we produce and the HDR-FX7 has been a great addition to our equipment line. The HDR-FX7 produces super high quality images, the camera is easy to use for both the amateurs shooting on Auto or the more experienced Manual Focus shooters as well, the presets allow you to change settings at the press of a button and it's fairly light for all the moving around we do on the beach. The LCD is crystal clear in both record and playback modes. This camera also shoots well inside a water housing and has superior steadiness. An all around great camera.
    Date published: 2010-04-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Do Not Recommend This Camera I've owned this camera for 3 years and was very pleased with the results initally. I've noticed this last year the recorded image was looking as though it was out of focus. I sent it in for repair and was told this is a common issue for this camera. The problem is with the lens deck degrading in a short period of time and they do not recommend repairing as the cost is almost that of the camera new today. Very disspapointing to only get 2 years use from what was a $ investment.
    Date published: 2011-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly spectacular I produce training videos for clients and needed a smaller camera for intricate shots of equipment. The FX-7 is relatively light and provides the quality I need for my videos. I'm impressed with the balance of the camera and found it works well with the Glidecam 4000 and Smoothshooter. Working in low light has yet to be a problem for me as some other people seem to have problems. Even though it does not have an XLR port, I purchased an adapter for my wireless mics and found the sound quality to be above average. I found the instructions to be relatively simple and was able to use the camera out of the package.
    Date published: 2011-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Problem... I've owned three for about 10 months. All the good accolades like others have stated. Expertise: Expert Problems Encountered: BUT today the viewfinder/LCD went OUT... Gone. Hooked it up to the computer and it still records and plays but NO viewfinder/LCD. Back to Sony but not before shelling out $246 for IN warranty repairs. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon GL-1 & GL-2
    Date published: 2007-12-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from beware of focus issues I use this a lot for outdoor shooting, around the world with auto focus ON. Recently I did some studio shooting, and of course went to manual focus to better control everything. Much to my surprise, the camera has a terrible back focus problem. When I would zoom in and focus manually, and then zoomed out, it was way soft. At a distance of 4 meters, the camera had to be re-adjusted to 12 meters to sharpen the image. I have been checking on the Internet, and it seems this is a problem with these cameras. And Sony will gladly fix it for round $400-500. It is not a warranty item according to a rep I spoke to. That's all you can expect from a cheap camera was his comment. If you don't use manual focus, it is a nice camera, although you will need an adapter to use professional mics. (XLR)
    Date published: 2010-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT! I am into filming most action sports including snowboarding and mountain biking. The fx7 is the best camera for the money hands down. The quality is absolutely great (1080i). you can operate all of the cameras functions and buttons very easily and quickly to get those perfect shots. Also, the camera is fast starting, and very durable feeling and looking. The zoom and focus rings are also an awesome convenience to get those precision settings. If you were hesitant to buying the camera, I fully recommend it.
    Date published: 2009-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Semi-Pro Camera I bought this camera for my church and use it for live streaming via Ustream this camera was perfect for that is really simple to use if you have used any sony video camera before, is really intuitive, I really like the controls for the zoom and the focus it gives you a really good control on that, the camera has 3 kind of zoom the big switch for fast zooming a little switch that can be configured for fast or slow zooming and the one in the lens that can be used for manual zooming and it has it own lens focus for manual focus to, it is really configurable and I like the quality of the video it gives it really gives you a professional touch with more simplicity. another thing that I loved is the big screen (3.5) because you can see what is on it even from distance.
    Date published: 2012-07-03
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