Sony's Announces Tiny High-Def Camcorder

Sony Corporation has announced its smallest high-definition camcorder to date: the HDR-CX7, weighing 450 grams and measuring 69 millimeters by 67mm by 129mm. The camera features a 3-megapixel image sensor, although the camera can also capture 6-megapixel still images. The camera sports a 10x optical zoom lens and a 2.7-inch wide-screen, touch-sensitive LCD monitor. The CX7, which is due to go on sale in June, will cost about US$1,200 in the U.S. It records 1080i high-definition video directly to a MemoryStick Pro Duo card.

Until now, Sony's camcorders have relied on MiniDV tape, DVD discs or hard-disk drives to store video, but the memory card slot and associated electronic take up less space and mean a smaller, lighter camera. Using a memory card also means that getting video into a PC is as easy as removing the card from the camera and slotting it into a card reader. A software upgrade due mid-year will make it possible to watch video directly from high-speed Pro Duo- or Pro HG-type MemoryStick cards on both a PC and the PlayStation 3. The flash memory-based recording also helps reduce power consumption and noise. On the other hand, memory cards are quite expensive, and users will be able to store only about 30 minutes of video on a 4G-byte card in the camera's highest quality mode.

News source: PC World

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importing seems a lame excuse to me, just like tax, u have to pay tax and importing costs for both, EU and USA...
as if those things were produced in the US.... xD
oh and dont forget that a card will mean no moving parts -> no motor noises.
oh and faster transfer rates to the computer...
oh and they fit better into your pocket.
mmmh...
i'd go for it if i had the money i guess....
when that thing goes down to say 500 euros im in, need a new still cam anyways, too.
and a camcorder as well, and id love to be set up with HD, atm it seems not very smart, but think of how nice it'd be to see HD vids of your school friends, or when you meet friends some other way and have it in HD...
i guess my parents would love to have had the opportunity to cam some great days when they were young...

Glassed Silver:mac

All that hype for 1080p on the PS3 and they can only give 1080i on the camcorder?

I do want a high-def camera after I have saved up for a HDTV (I'm hoping to get a TV that does 1080p). Though the price of that camera seems a little excessive, I know it's new tech but maybe a higher MP lens would justify the price.

Dread to think what the UK price would be...

it couldnt possibly be worth it to only hold a few minutes of video on such a small storage medium...

...users will be able to store only about 30 minutes of video on a 4G-byte card in the camera's highest quality mode.

Seems to me that a lot of people could record what they want in 30 minutes. And besides, there's no reason you couldn't have extra cards if you wanted more time.

Right now on NewEgg's site they only have the 4gb Memory Stick at $66 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....uo+(MS+Pro+Duo)

I would hate to think of the issue of when you need to record more than 15 minute of hi-def, that is without having to replace a card. Seems I'd be spending a GREAT deal of money on cards (say on a cruise, where I'd take lots of photos/videos)

The lightwight is nice, but miniDV tapes are cheap and hold 60 minutes of hidef. But in the near future this will be the way things go. Just not yet...

(and on another aside, Sony has treated me and my family badly with their products so I wont be purchasing Sony)

Peace,
James Rose
New York City

neufuse said,
it couldnt possibly be worth it to only hold a few minutes of video on such a small storage medium...

you can already get 8GB cards which would hold 8GB which would be 60 mins which is far more than most DVD camcorders can fit on their small form factor DVD's anyway.

Esvandiary said,

Wait... Are you from the Department of Redundancy Department? :D


LOL, I meant to say "you can already get 8GB cards which would hold 60mins" :redface: