"Don't believe Sony's video resolution claims"2.5 starson by neilfraser9
Pros: Nice manual controls & mic input
Cons: Not able to record 1920x1080 video
Summary: I bought this camcorder (HDR-UX7) because I believed that it would output a full HD video resolution of 1920x1080 pixels i.e. 1920 times 1080 equals 2,073,600 pixels or 2.07 megapixels. The reason I thought this was that Sony's advertising information for this camcorder would lead any reasonable person to the same conclusion. In fact this model can only record 1440x 1080i as this is the only resolution supported by the AVCHD "standard".
The specifications on the Sony web site at:
2280K Pixels (16:9), 1710K Pixels (4:3)
Now I am no math wizard but I doubt 1440 times 1080 makes 2,280,000.
I talked to level 1 tech support at Sony and they also expected that my camcorder should output 1920x1080 based on the specs. They eventually referred me to level II where I was told that:
"... you have 2280000 sensors creating the 1440x1080 image" and that this would, among other things provide "higher detail". Frankly, I think that the level of detail recorded is fixed at 1440x1080 regardless of the size of the internal chip.
I wondered if Sony's specs on still image resolution would show similar disparity. Strangely they did not. The unit is rated at 6.1 megapixels and it did output 6.1 megapixel images.
I think the term "Video Actual" in Sony's specifications is misrepresenting the capabilities of this product.