Excerpt: With style to spare, the Sony DCR-DVD7 will certainly make a splash at picnics this summer. But does it perform as well as it looks? We’re afraid not. The 1/6” CCD imager, with only 340K effective pixels, renders most of its video rather lifeless, with dull colors and disappointing sharpness. Even for a DVD camcorder, which generally performs worse than a MiniDV, this had a bad showing.