Pros great hardware
Cons trapped into using Sony's software
Summary I purchased this and immediately hit a road block... I edit video and need to convert file formats for different programs, but Sony doesn't give you this options for the HD format. They allow me to convert to a smaller sized mp4, but that's it. The software also crashed my computer, so I had to uninstall it. What's wrong with using a shared file format, which would give the user freedom. This is poor user oriented design, and I'll stay away from Sony because of it. Apple is another company that operates with similar business objectives. Both are over priced and eliminate the right to choose.
Pros Tiny, Great video, shoots in low light (and total darkness), High speed mode, easy to transfer data
Cons Uses sony memory sticks, a viewfinder would have been nice
Summary Purchased this for a recent trip to Hawaii. Video is amazing I can almost smell the frangipane. Ulead Video studio handles the output like a champ and will burn a HD-DVD compatable dvd. Highly recommended
Pros Size, great Optical stablization, battery life, Picture looks better then HDR-HC1!!
Cons Duo card 4gb costs $70 on sale. Thats 1 hour HD footage. No usb jack on camcorder,
Summary I bought this camcorder from Circuit City open box for 700. and very glad i did. I also have the HDR-HC1 minidv hd camcorder and the video looks more clear on the cx7. I an very impressed with the Optical stablization seems that when i watch the video i can pause into a great snapshot picture. The downside to this camera is the memorycard space. 4gb is about an hour. Carrying a backup hdd or extra cards is a good idea. Battery life is excelent at 75 min with lcd use. It feels and looks compact and lite compared to hdd camcorders. I would recomend camcorder if upgrading to hd or from most other hd camcorders, this one is hard to beet!
Pros excellent low light shot, great night shot, good stabilizer, good zoom, great reliability, good battery options, functional ad ons.
Cons zoom button in a bad position, no wind cut for 5.1 sound,
Summary we use it on the boat and yes it has gotten splashed a few times and still works, we also take it quading ....bouncing and banging around this makes me say it is reliable beyond its design. Great camera for all types of shooting I.E. school functions , weddings, wild rides, parties that go on and on, and you can hand it of to anyone even your kids thats how easy it is to use. Photo function works great. FYI i have used it with my Mac for 2 years with regular i movie and final cut express also used it in pro programs like final cut pro and Vegas for Windows, works for everything. I love the fact that i can just use the memory stick and don't have to drain my battery to look at movies and pictures; just plug and play.
Pros great video, nice bundle, easy to use
Cons wind filter is a hindrance, but not cripling. boot up time is slow, a standby feature would be nice for reserving battery without having to pwr off.
Summary I'v been rely on cnet's editor reviews and consumer reviews when it comes to researching electronics. I value this cause, and therefore it's time for me to contribute.
I was relucant to buy the CX7 because of the pro duo memory stick it recorded to. I was holding out for the 100 gig high def model. I didn't want to worry about having enough space to record a long event, and I wasn't sure how the quality would be on the duo sticks.
I was perusing Best Buy and couldn't help but notice the clearance price on the HDR-CX7 camcorder. They were closing out their supply,making room for the new model. The price was just under 500 and it was an impulse buy.
I have no regrets. I love this camcorder mainly for its video quality. It is a consumer product, not meant for professional use, so if you don't mind the on screen controls for auto focusing, setting the exposure etc, then it shouldn't bother you. If you want all the manual focusing mic input etc, then you should look at the EX1, the camera I do long to have :)
The 6.1 mp photos it takes, in my humble opinion is just an added feature. I didn't buy this camcorder with taking still shots in mind, however it delivers very nice on that front as well.
If you are considering this as a gift to yourself or someone else, you can't go wrong. Go for it.
btw - I use sony Vegas to edit the videos I take with this camcorder. It works wonderful. here's a video i made with this camera: http://vimeo.com/2420505