Summary: This is the first camcorder that I've ever bought. I was looking at hard-drive models (vs minidv or dvd) and there were considerable options from Sony, Panasonic, JVC, and Canon. The 60 gb hard-drive, ability to do Hi-Def, take still photos, and sony reputation were what eventually drove my decision to get the SR7. I used the camcorder on my 3-wk vacation in December and it worked flawlessly.
Great camcorder, good in low light, still have space after Christmas on drive
Stan Spotts, Amazon
1 January 2008
Summary: I had an old DAT based Sony camcorder that had to be repaired, but the cost was almost what I paid for the thing originally. At that point, I figured I'd bite the bullet and get a high def hard disk based camera. I did consider the memory stick model, but didn't want to buy 60Gb worth of memory sticks. The SR7 was pretty easy to use. I still haven't opened the user guide. The touch screen controls are a lot easier to use than the old menu system in my DAT camcorder were.
Summary: I got the camera yesterday and have spent about an hour with it. The first thing I did was look for a mini-hdmi cable locally, but ended up buying it from Amazon via another vendor. While online on Amazon, I also noticed the price went up on this model - good timing for me as I thought the opposite would happen after I bought it. The first impressions of this camera is that it is tiny.
Summary: Good camcorder but needs more work in the following departments: 1- Indoor performance in not up to an HD standards. Grainy videos in regular lighting conditions. I had to buy an HVL-HL1 video light to get it to an acceptable level. So if you are planning to shoot lots of indoor videos make sure you get that video light for $39.00 or something more powerful. In this case saying "the more the better" works.
Summary: The details have been covered in other reviews, but in short this is a great camera. I dove in knowing that AVCHD has yet to be supported by major professional non-linear editors such as premiere with the hope they will soon or at least some day. For the most part I don't plan to capture in HD, but I wanted the ability to when the opportunity/need arose. Simply put it takes amazing quality video in all digital. That is what I wanted, and that is what I get.
Summary: I bought this camera as a birthday present for my tech geek boyfriend. The video quality is amazing! However,copying the video to DVD is extremely difficult. You need a 2007 computer for things to run smoothly, otherwise be prepared to put in the time. All in all the camera is awesome. We recorded my dog running in slow motion and then watched her in slow motion and the individual frames were clear. It would be great for coaches to help athletes in training.
Great Camcorder, always ready to go and easy to use!!!
C. Lopez, Amazon
4 July 2007
Summary: I had the Sony hdr-sr1 for about a month before sending it back to get the sr7. The sr1 had a great picture, but for some reason the sr7 is a little better. I liked the bigger screen on the sr1 and the use of a regular hdmi wire for ease of use. The sr7 has hdmi but you need a mini to regular hdmi wire or adapter which doesn't have many uses that I know of. This camcorder is very light and easy to use.
Summary: ** Original Review ** I bought this camera at Christmas. For some reason the bundled software that came with it is no longer properly importing the video to my PC and my existing videos have stopped playing back. No problem I thought - I'll just re-install the software. However - I was unable to find my installation CD. Ok - so I went over to the Sony website. No software. Just a patch for the existing software. With a sense of foreboding I asked Google.