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Thursday, September 07, 2006
Sony Aims New HDV 1080i High-def Camcorder


Sony is expanding its high-definition camcorder line with the introduction of the HDR-FX7 1080i HDV camcorder, a model with three-chip ClearVID CMOS Sensor technology to deliver high-def video.

For videographers on the move, the new model sports a compact body design, weighing in at about three pounds. It is approximately 40 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than Sony?s first prosumer HDV model.

Like previous HDV models, the HDR-FX7 can record and playback both 1080i HDV and standard definition DV video on standard miniDV tapes. Recorded HDV video can be edited with a choice of available HDV, non-linear editing software. Its HDMI interface offers one-cord connection to compatible display devices so you can just plug and play into instead of struggling with multiple cables.

The primary benefits of Sony?s ClearVID CMOS sensor are high-speed data transfer rates and lower power consumption, which is a real boon when handling data-rich, high-def video.

The new camcorder?s three-chip configuration combined with Sony?s originally-developed Enhanced Imaging Processor results in higher video resolution, greater light sensitivity and more accurate color reproduction than previous Sony models. These combined technologies also bring added functions.

With its three sensors, the HDR-FX7 model can capture a six-second burst of video and play it back in 24 seconds as slow motion video. The model?s dual record function allows users to capture 1.2-megapixel still images and shoot video simultaneously, with the press of a button.

Fueled by the Sony InfoLithium L Series battery with STAMINA technology, the model offers up to eight hours of continuous recording time with the optional largest capacity battery.

The HDR-FX7 camcorder sports a high-resolution viewfinder to accurately check composition, focus and image color. It also features a high-resolution, 3.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD screen.

The LCD can be tilted out and swiveled for comfortable viewing in any shooting position. Both the viewfinder and LCD screen can be turned on independently or simultaneously.

The HDR-FX7 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with a 20x optical zoom range, equivalent to 37.4 ? 748mm (35mm equivalent) in 16:9 widescreen mode. With its new digital extender function, the camcorder can magnify video footage 1.5 times greater, realizing a 30x optical zoom without significant degradation of picture quality.

The HDR-FX7 will be available in October for about $3,500. Options will include a full line of accessories, including lights, lenses, microphones, InfoLithium batteries, chargers and cables.


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