Sony's HD Camcorders Rock the High Def, One Solid State, Two with a Hard Disk

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Sony announced three HDTV camcorders that are smaller, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors. Top of the heap is Sony's first flash-based HD camcorder, the HDR-CX7 (pictured above) that Sony calls "the smallest and lightest AVCHD HD camcorder" on the market. It's so small because it's all solid-state, recording 30 minutes of its best quality 1080i video onto a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo. Its $1200 price is slightly better than Panasonic's HDC line of camcorders, which were the originators of this AVCHD format. Cool—Sony beating up on Panny at its own game.

Take the jump and we'll tell you about the other two cool cams Sony just rolled out.

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Illustration for article titled Sonys HD Camcorders Rock the High Def, One Solid State, Two with a Hard Disk
Illustration for article titled Sonys HD Camcorders Rock the High Def, One Solid State, Two with a Hard Disk
Illustration for article titled Sonys HD Camcorders Rock the High Def, One Solid State, Two with a Hard Disk

Sony also rolled out its SR5 ($1100) and SR7 ($1400) 1080i camcorders, and both have a 2.7" widescreen LCD and a 10x optical zoom. The SR5 can record five hours of 1080i HD AVCHD video on its 40GB internal hard disk. The SR7 takes it up a notch with image stabilization, a slightly larger 1/2.9"CMOS sensor that can snag 6.1 megapixel stills and a 60GB disk that can store 14 hours of 1080i goodness.

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At that price, this one should give JVC's excellent $1799 HD Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder a run for its money when it ships any day now. Sony says all these cameras will be shipping in June 2007.

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Press Release, HDR-CX7 [Sony]

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How exactly did they go from SR1 to SR7? Some programs should be able to start using AVCHD as soon as next month. I've noticed a few companies hurrying to get rights to it. Pinnacle Studio is stated to have it some time in May.

On note of the camera itself, I'm completely awed to see they got rid of manual focus. I have the HC1 and zooming in a far distance with an HD cam, it's hard to get it to auto focus on the object you want to because of all the detail it picks up. That means no manual zoom either. Ouch. I'll stick with my camera for now.

The CX7 seems worthless. You can record to memory stick only? Is that real? It can't possibly be that they're trying to market an item just to sell more memory sticks. The SR7 is looking really nice but, the lack of manual zoom or focus annoys me.