Sony this week announced three new high-definition camcorders
capable of recording full 1080 video onto Memory Stick Media or hard disk
drives. The new Handycam HDR-CX7 model, which Sony claims is the world's
smallest and lightest AVCHD high-definition camcorder, weighs just 15 ounces
with the supplied battery and can record nearly three hours of full HD 1080
video on an 8-GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card in LP recording mode.
For those willing to give up portability for more storage
space, the new HDR-SR7 AVCHD high-definition camcorder can record more than 22
hours of full HD 1080 video on its built-in 60GB hard disk drive, while the
HDR-SR5 model's 40GB hard drive can hold more than 15 hours of footage, both in
"Camcorder users are quickly embracing non-linear
camcorder formats, such as hard disk drive and flash media, because they make
it easy for anyone to view and access footage quickly," said Linda Vuolo,
director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics. "Our models offer the
added advantages of superior high-definition picture quality. With the widest
range of consumer high-def models, we can satisfy the needs of virtually
All three camcorders feature 2.7-inch LCD screens and Carl
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T optics. The new models also support the AVCHD camcorder recording
format based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and built-in
Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound recording.
The HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7 models utilize a 3-megapixel sensor
for full HD 1080 video and 6-megapixel digital still photos. They are also
equipped with Super SteadyShot for optical image stabilization. The more
budget-minded HDR-SR5 model integrates a 2-megapixel sensor for 1080 video and
produces a 4-megapixel photo.
The HDR-SR5, HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7 camcorders will ship in
June for about $1,100, $1,200 and $1,400, respectively.
quote: but i have to say the price isn't as well as I thought it would be.
quote: First, interlaced video sucks. Who actually had a high definition interlaced display??!?
quote: Most people buy these cameras to record their own movies and edit them right? Well you have to keep the field order straight when editing/rendering and more than likely convert the 1080i (remember anamorphic not full 1080 resolution)to a progressive format since NO ONE has an interlaced HD monitor. By the time you deinterlace you're left with about 720p resolution on any non-static scenes anyway. What's the point of Sony going with 1080i
quote: Actually I've co-written a book on HDV and high def video. You can look at it here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hdv-What-You-Need-Know/dp/09...
quote: Features missing from most consumer cameras:Focus RingExternal Mic/headphone jacksHot ShoeDedicated Fader Effect button (Fade in/out).Dedicated Backlight button.
quote: but who wants to use the LCD screen on a sunny day, or have it drain the battery prematurely?!?