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Posted on Aug 7, 2009
Sony HDR-CX7 HD Digital Video Camcorder

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Digital Video Camcorder

Shoot video footage in full HD with the Sony HDR-CX7 digital camcorder....

For the first time, record High Definition directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media card. The HDR-CX7 includes a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, so you can capture the detail and clarity of high definition. Plus, you can take still images and video at the same time, all with exceptional battery life so you’re sure to capture every moment.

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The compact size of this camcorder combined with its miniscule recording media make the HDR-CX7 high definition Handycam(R) camcorder a joy to use. Ultra-lightweight and easy to carry, it features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and Super SteadyShot(R) optical image stabilization for stunningly sharp high definition video. Its large, 2.7-inch wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel SwivelScreen(TM) technology makes it simple to view what you’re recording at almost any angle. Record and play back both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video recorded on standard 3-inch (8cm) DVD media.

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Side View

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Side View

Optical stabilization achieves a higher level of smoothness without the video degradation that mars some digital stabilization systems. Shoot ultra-close ups without the camcorder casting a shadow on your subject in exceptional still pictures and video with stunning detail and clarity (1080 lines of resolution – HD Mode or 530 lines of horizontal resolution – SD Mode).

Sony HDR-CX7 HD With Dock

Sony HDR-CX7 HD With Dock

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Key Features

3.2-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor

The 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS sensor provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (1080 lines of resolution in HD Mode; 530 lines of horizontal resolution in SD Mode) and still image performance (6.1-megapixel). Unlike traditional CCD imagers, CMOS sensors require less power, providing better battery performance.

Switchable HD/SD format recording

The HDR-CX7 is capable of recording and playing back both High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video recorded on Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately).

x.v.Color Technology

x.v.Color technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than currently possible. This provides a more accurate and vivid color range, for a more natural, lifelike overall experience.

10x optical/20x digital zoom

The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, the digital zoom interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario- Sonnar T* lens

Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The additional T* coating on the lens further reduces unwanted glare and flare.

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Camcorder

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Camcorder

Smooth slow record

By increasing the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps) to 240 fps for 3 seconds allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is great for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, record an audio track to narrate what is being seen in the video.

Memory Stick PRO Duo Media slot

Capture still images up to 2848 x 2136 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo Media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick PRO Duo devices.

Dual record

While recording video in High Definition you have the ability to capture a 4.6-megapixel still image directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization system

An advanced form of Sony’s SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some digital stabilization systems.

Tele Macro function

Useful for shooting close up shots, but without having the camcorder casting a shadow on the subject. Images shot in the Tele Macro mode will have the subject properly focused with the background unfocussed so that the subject stands out.

2.7-inch widescreen Hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display

The 2.7-inch 16:9 LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 211K-pixel screen also rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Sony HDR-CX7 HD With 2.7-inch 16:9 LCD screen

Sony HDR-CX7 HD With 2.7-inch 16:9 LCD screen

Active Interface Shoe

Provides a location directly on the camcorder on which to add optional accessories while providing power and two-way communication to those accessories.

Built-in intelligent flash

For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows.

Super NightShot infrared system

With Sony’s NightShot infrared system, capture video in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away. Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. Color Slow Shutter mode allows you to record in low light situations with full color detail by slowing down the shutter speed.

Scene Selection modes

Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

Sony HDR-CX7 HD Technical Specification

  • Analog-to-Digital Converter : N/A
  • Format : AVCHD(HD), MPEG2-PS (SD)
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Weight (Approx.) : 15 oz (450g) with supplied battery
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (69 x 67 x 131mm)
  • Light/Flash : Yes
  • Memory Stick slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
  • Docking Station : Yes (Handycam Station cradle)
  • Imaging Device : 1/3″ ClearVid CMOS Sensor
  • Pixel Gross : 3200K
  • Video Actual : 2280K Pixels (16:9), 1710K Pixels (4:3)
  • Video Resolution : 1440 x 1080
  • Still Actual : 2280K Pixels (16:9), 3040K Pixels (4:3)
  • Still Picture Resolution : 6.1 megapixel
  • Recording Media : Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (sold separately)
  • Recording and Playback Times : When using 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (sold separately): High Definition: XP = up to 30 min., HQ = up to 55 min., SP = up to 65 min., LP = up to 85 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 55 min., SP = up to 80 min., LP = up to 160 min.
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FH60)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 4.4W – HD
  • Recording Format : Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Microphone : Yes (Built-in 5.1 Channel)
  • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
  • Image Stabilization : Yes (Optical)
  • Still Image Mode(s) : JPEG
  • Scene Mode(s) : Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset
  • USB Streaming : N/A
  • Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Compatibility : Tested to support up to 16GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function.
  • White Balance : Auto, Indoor, One-push, Outdoor
  • Low Light Capability : Super NightShot Infrared System
  • Digital Picture Effect(s) : Old Movie
  • Fader Effect(s) : Black, White
  • Picture Effect(s) : Monotone, Pastel and Sepia
  • PictBridge Compatible : Yes
  • Easy Operation : Yes
  • Multiple Language Display : Yes
  • Slide Show Mode : Yes
  • Tilting : N/A
  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
  • 35mm Equivalent : 40-400mm(16:9 Camera Mode), 49-490mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 40-400mm (16:9 Memory Mode), 37-370mm (4:3 Memory Mode)
  • Aperture : f1.8-2.9
  • Digital Zoom : 20X
  • Filter Diameter : 37mm
  • Focal Distance : 5.4-54mm; Telemacro – 450mm
  • Focus : Full Range Auto/Manual (Dial, Touch Panel)
  • Progressive Shutter Mode : N/A
  • Shutter Speed : Auto, 1/2 – 1/500 (Scene Selection Mode)
  • Minimum Illumination : 2 Lux (0 Lux with Super NightShot Infrared System)
  • Optical Zoom : 10X
  • Exposure : Touch Panel (24 steps)
  • Resolution : 3MP
  • LCD Screen : 2.7″ (211K Pixels) Wide (16:9) Touch Panel – Clear Photo LCD Plus
  • Viewfinder : N/A
  • Analog Audio/Video Output(s) : Yes (Multi A/V)
  • Analog Audio/Video Input(s) : N/A
  • Digital Audio/Video Output(s) : Yes (via USB2.0)
  • Digital Audio/Video Input(s) : Yes (via USB2.0)
  • USB Port(s) : 2.0 High Speed (Handycam Station)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : Yes
  • HDMI Connection Output(s) : Yes (Mini)
  • Headphone Jack : N/A
  • Microphone Input : N/A
  • i.LINK Interface : N/A
  • S-Video Input(s) : N/A
  • S-Video Output(s) : Yes (via optional accessory)
  • Remote Jack : N/A
  • Active Interface Shoe : Yes
  • Supplied Software : Picture Motion Browser ver. 2.0 (Not supported on Mac OS)

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