Sony launches HDR-FX7E High Definition camcorder

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Sony has unveiled a new high definition camcorder – the HDR-FX7E – the first with Sony’s 3x ClearVid CMOS Sensor system and an enhanced imaging processor, which it claims will deliver High Definition picture with an exceptional resolution, purity and natural colour reproduction.

Very much in the prosumer category, the HDR-FX7E, which features a 3.5-inch Swivel LCD screen, is 40% smaller and 25% lighter than the first-generation HDR-FX1E and features a Carl Zeiss lens with 20x optical zoom range equivalent to 37.4-748mm in a 35mm equivalent. Its HDMI interface means you can plug right into your HD-ready televisions to see your HD movies. And it can also shoot widescreen 16:9 HDV 1080i video on standard MiniDV tapes, as well as recording and playing back standard definition DV format signals.

Other features include smoother slow recording (thanks again to the new sensor system), good quality still images (1.07 megapixel resolution), extensive manual control over zoom, focus, shutter speed, white balance and gain (for the more expert out there), independent manual zoom amd focus rings and up to eight hours continuous recording time.

Available in the UK from November, a price has not yet been confirmed.

Sony website

Dave Walker