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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. Reviewers really like the design and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments 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. People really like the size and portability. The design and image quality also get good comments. Many are negative about the price. There are some mixed views about the memory.

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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. Reviewers really like the size and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

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: 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: 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

Consumer review by: Jim (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

Bought this Handycam to replace an older Canon Mini DV Camera I had. I mostly use it at night time with parties and BBQ's. The HC7 is great for low light shots. Even if it gets REALLY dark I can just use Nightshot. Optical stabiliser helps alot when...

Impressive night time shots thanks to the CMOS sensor. Carl Zeiss T* Lens helps alot during bright days aswell. Can be very simple to use

Annoying tape storage, still shots during video recording need lots of light, slow motion record is in a lower resolution

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: trevor (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

waste of time, wish I could get my money back, better off with both a digital camera and a video camera, I own most of the mod cons except a ipod , words cannot explain how disappointed

the reason I bought it in the first place you don't need a camera and video

if i give up work i might be able to get the time to work out how to transfer the video from the camcorder using the included software, had to use third party software as " vcr hdv/dv is set to auto on handycam" well its not and it won't transfer. ...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: andrei01 (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

Great camera...I had some low-light issues (extreme low). Generally though, in a dim room it still gets great colour.

Small camera ; cheap media ; durable (I dropped it) ; lots of features

manual control do take some getting used to ; if taking a photo with a wide screen lens, you block the flash

May, 2007

Consumer review by: acevirgo1 (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

You guys should pay more attention when Sony says 6.1 mega pixel still photos. The sensor is only 3.2 megpixel, the rest is filled in by interpolation which is stated only on the page 97 in camera's manual in fine print. Sony very proudly claim 6.1...

I love the camera otherwise, every bit of it

Battery life is not enough, even though I bought NP-FH70 I still run out of battery ; Still looking for software to write in high definition

May, 2007

Consumer review by: eleclerc (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

Nice little camera, the gripes about the low light results are to be ignored if you are an amateur videographer. Great built quality, great accessories (sports pack), great still pictures and a great vcr deck for my edited Hdv footage taken from my...

All of the above and Great HDV tape deck if you own an HDR-Fx1. Optical stabilizer is wonderful

EW! little buttons for photo and manual controls

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: BoBo (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

The only reason preventing me from buying the HC7 is lack of the analog pass through function, which is part of my old and aging Sony TRV70 and for me, a required function. How much could that additional function add to the cost of the camera!?

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: Mr C. (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC7

 

The negative comments about manual controls are plain wrong. Functions can be accessed by holding manual button for 2 secs, no need to go near menu. The control seems erratic at first until you discover it needs some pressure when operating, I think...

Stunning pictures, I compared with a Z1 and preferred the HC7. Timelapse function for stills. Control over just about everything. Small & light

Doesn't seem to work with HDV transport streams from AVID (the HC3 I tried did) although fine with very basic supplied software. H series batteries seem expensive

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

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