Excellent Video and Still Pictures Quality. No Second Thought.
30 September 2011
Summary: Video quality is excellent. 1080p video looks crystal clear on my tv. Even low light recording came out so perfect. XV colors are very vibrant and bright. Both 4MP standard photo and 3MP wide angle photo are excellent quality. In fact, I first thought of purchasing a separate still camera. But, after seeing the quality of still picts by this HD camera, I decided no extra still camera is required.
Summary: I purchased my Sony HDR-HC7 in January of 2007. I loved it! Both the video and pictures turn out great. Unfortunately, I accidentally dropped my camera in October of 2010. At this point the automatic lens shutters refused to open and I while the camera would turn on, I was unable to take pictures or video. I called the local camera repair shop hoping that they could fix it only to learn that Sony is proprietary.
Good general HDV camera, better deal than many others
Fernand Ray, Amazon
8 March 2011
Summary: I have not had the camera for very long. It's as I expected. I got it as a good deal, used. I seldom go for the latest at list price. The newer HC9 is more expensive without adding anything significant, so if you can find one of these HC7s below five hundred, it's good. What I say about the HC7 applies almost exactly to the HC9.
Summary: This was my 4th Sony camcorder. Although the Video and Photo quality improved from generation to generation the reliability got worse and worse. After less than 2 years of non intensive use, my HC7 video started to vibrate after around 20 minutes. Sony asked around $800 to fix it (change of main board). I read on the internet similar stories. I gave up and purchased this time Pana.
Summary: After numerous months of searching, it was down to this and the Canon HV20. The Canon had a higher image quality, but appeared to have issues with the rolling shutter. (Reviews can be found at camcorderinfo.com) In the end, I picked the Sony because of the discount I could redeem from Sony card's points program. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. At the time of purchase, I also considered with new entries of hard drive and flash drive HD camcorders.
Purchased 12-21-07, died 07-15-09 after shooting two cassette tapes!
J. Schlie, Amazon
16 July 2009
Summary: I purchased the Sony HDR-HC7 on 12-21-07 from Amazon. During the time that I've had it, I've shot two cassettes with it. The rest of the time it was safely stored in a padded case behind my tv. The camera was gently used around the house. On 07-15-09 I wanted to shoot some video of my son's first steps. I knew the cassette need to be replaced, so I ejected the old cassette, inserted a new one, and pushed the "Push" marking on the cassette receiver.
Summary: Sony HDR-HC7 6.1MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom The video quality was great! But after about 8 hours of total use the camera refused to close its cassete compartment, flashing a "no tape' symbol. This 15 month old camera is no longer under warranty, so the minimum cost to repair appears to be $461.00, but even that quote is not guaranteed by Sony.