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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  • 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)
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • Composite A/V Cable
  • Component Cable
  • 1-Year Parts Warranty
    90-Day Labor Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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
    VTR
    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"

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