Sony HDR-HC7E reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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10.0 out of 10 based on 1 review.
Sony HDR-HC7E: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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Hilary, Croydon, Surrey

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I bought it to go with an underwater housing and tend only to use video for such. This camera is such an improvement on my last one, also a digital but not HD. Even just reviewing via the camcorder's screen I can tell the results are far superior. Very easy to get to grips with the controls. The stills camera also takes good images underwater too. The battery life of the battery that came with the camcorder is not great for my usage as when using underwater the camcorder tends to be on standby a lot (which would not be the case taking topside shots). Very pleased.
Bad points:
The battery life of the battery that came with the camcorder is not great for my usage, as when using underwater the camcorder tends to be on standby a lot (which would not be the case taking topside shots). I bought a larger battery and found that I could do two dives with the replacement, whereas I couldn't guarantee more than one dive (depending on usage) on the one that comes with the camcorder. As previously indicated though, the battery is probably more than sufficient for everyday topside use where you would turn the camera off between shots.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Apr 2008

This Sony HDR-HC7E is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 2848x2136
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 20
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/800
Weight (g) 550
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.9
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 49
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 490
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2007-02-13

Also known as: Sony HDRHC7E, SONY HDR-HC7

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HDR-HC7E

The 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. Editing-ready package with i.LINK cable and HDV editing software supplied.

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