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Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E

Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E
alaScore 84

107 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and price. The portability and image quality also get good reviews, but there are some mixed opinions about the memory and zoom.

usability, image quality, portability, price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the size and portability are generally positive. The design and image quality also get good comments. There are some mixed comments about the memory. There are some critical opinions about the price.

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95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC7 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD ScreenSony HDR-HC7 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC7 / HC7E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC7 6.1MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC7 6.1MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony HDR-HC7 review

 

A versatile all-rounder that's pleasantly easy to use

Great connectivity ; Impressive HD quality

Lacks 25P

Excels in most areas, but the lack of 25P support is a real let-down when it comes to high-def functionality

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-HC7E Camcorder Review

 

With extraordinary image quality and a range of impressive features, this camcorder is ideal for capturing and reliving special memories in High Definition. Designed for both beginners and enthusiasts, the HDR-HC7E is easy-to-use whether you opt for...

With full 1080-line HD resolution, the Sony HDR-HC7E can be connected directly to any HD Ready television via the HDMI connector so you can enjoy your videos and still images in wonderful depth and clarity. The iLINK cable and software (included) lets...

May, 2012

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Sony HDR-HC7

 

The Sony HDR-HC7 is an excellent camcorder for anyone who is looking for comprehensive connectivity and ease of use, not to mention very good full-spec high-definition shooting

Great connectivity, Impressive HD quality

Lacks 25P

Excels in most areas, but the lack of 25P support is a real let-down when it comes to high-def functionality

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony HDR-HC7 HDV Camcorder

 

Lovely handling and images, choice of HDV/DV record & playback, mic input and headphone output, comprehensive digital and analogue connectivity, ease of use

Despite the grumbles, above, the HC7 produces cracking good pictures and sound, proving that recording high definition to tape isn't quite finsihed yet.

Expert review by: Ben Russell (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC7E

 

With so many competing formats in the world of digital video recording, it becomes difficult for most consumers to decide what it is exactly that they...

Great image quality, extensive manual controls, fantastic still image functionality

Limited zoom, expensive

The HDR-HC7E is pricey, but its impressive image quality makes it an attractive choice for those who can afford it.

May, 2007

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7 review: Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

So you've heard how much better video will look in the xvYCC color space and are set to drop $33,000 on the Sony Bravia KDL-70XBR3 70-inch LCD TV when it ships in May. But what will you play on it? Most likely home movies recorded with the Sony...

Excellent video and performance; satisfying photo quality; a decent set of manual controls for the target audience; bundled FireWire cable.

Annoying touch screen interface.

A great HD camcorder for deep-pocketed leisure shooters, as long as you like the Sony Handycam HDR-HC7's touch screen interface.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

More pixels, a more potent battery, and headphone and mic jacks are incremental improvements to last year's model, but the HDR-HC7 now looks like a AU$2,000-plus camcorder.

HD highlights the world in all its glorious imperfection ; Now looks and feels like a AU$2,000-plus item

Manual controls fiddly and require stepping through the menu system ; MiniDV/HDV isn't for everyone

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

At the time of its release, the Sony HDR-HC7 ($1399) is a likely runner up for Camcorder of the Year. It has superb video quality in bright light, stellar handling, and a broad gamut of automatic and manual controls. Then along came the Canon HV20 with...

Bright light video performance, - Ease of Use, - Manual Controls

Low light performance, - Touch screen dependence, - Cam control dial

May, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-HC7 Camcorder Review

 

Sony's HDR-HC7 ($1399 MSRP) was to be one of the best, if not

It's impossible for us to conclude our review of the HDR-HC7 without thinking about what could have been. This is an excellent consumer camcorder that has the performance and features to make it a reasonable option as a backup for pros who need an...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-HC7 First Impressions Review

 

The Sony HDR-HC7 now leads Sony's new, relatively affordable HD camcorder line. This HDV camcorder records to tape, like the HDR-HC3, and features an important upgrade in imager size that could make it Sony's best consumer HD camcorder of 2007, based...

Jan, 2007

Product Specifications

The Sony Handycam HDR-HC7E is a compact HDV1080i high definition handycam with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, Optical Image Stabilizer, a wealth of manual controls and an HDMI connection. PRODUCT FEATURES: 6 megapixel still image recording and 4.6 megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies; STAMINA up to 6 hours 35 minutes; HDV / DV recording switchability; Enhanced imaging processor; 10x optical zoom / 80x digital zoom; 2.7" Wide "Clear Photo LCD plus" screen with touch panel; Wide color viewfinder; HDMI output for HD ready TV; i.LINK input / output for HDV and DV; USB 2.0 (full-speed); Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage; Usage guide function on LCD; Battery info; Auto lens cover.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:2
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:8.2cm
Weight:0.55kg
Width:8.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:68.6

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC7E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:1/0.114
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter Size:37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):49 - 490
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 54
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Fader:Black / White / Mosaic / Monotone
Focus:1.8-2.9
I/O ports:Audio In\nAudio Out\nVideo Out\nUSB In\nUSB Out\nComponent Video Out\nHDMI Out\nExternal Microphone Input \nHeadphone Jack
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T

Ports & interfaces

DV port:Y
HDMI:Y
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:Y

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123.2
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:138
Height :82
Weight:550
Width:82