Summary: Sony, getting better all the time: This is not my first video camera, I started about 20 years ago with the Betamovie and with it I've made videos with such good quallity that I didn't change it by the next one, the Video 8 because it still wasn't better until the first Hi8 appeared which was really better than the Video 8 and the Betamovie, after it I've been changing my video cameras each three or four years and once I've tested a Panasonic which wasn't bad but, I've...
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.
Summary: Brought this as a Christmas present. Tried it out over the New Year and the video was great, especially in high-def (when playing back directly from the camcorder to a HDTV). It was simple to use. Point and press the button to start the recording and press the button again to stop the recording. I do not do much editing, so can not comment on the other issues regarding editing software.
Great camcorder, good in low light, still have space after Christmas on drive
Stan Spotts, Amazon
2 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: Picture quality is much better than the last camcorder I bought which was a JVC non-HD camcorder. In good lighting, this camera looks really good. In low light, sometimes it looks decent. In really low light, you need the night vision turned on; you can see everything but it looses almost all color. I did get an "Buffer overflow" error filming a loud rap performance. My film major friend tells me it happens to all digital camcorder with loud music.
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.