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questions about sony HDR-FX7

by chillin3 / January 31, 2007 6:56 AM PST

1.On the FX7 you can switch from 4:3 to 16:9 right?

2.If you could choose which one would you get the sony HDR-FX1 or the Sony HDR-FX7?

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the manuals can be downloaded at the Sony site
by boya84 / January 31, 2007 9:03 AM PST

But to answer your questions:

1) Yes. 4:3 is Standard def only. 16:9 can be standard def or high def.

2) FX7 but add a 3rd party XLR adapter and external stereo mic (like an Audio-Technica AT-825... or don't do the XLR adapter and do the AT-822, but you'll need the XLR adapter for good shotgoun and or lav mics...) The FX7 uses CMOS chips (which I happen to like) and it is a bit lighter.

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the other things I like
by boya84 / January 31, 2007 9:23 AM PST

about the FX-7 are:

Smooth slow record (up to 6 seconds rather than 3)
Optical Stabilization
HDMI connector
20x Optical zoom

All this said - I REALLY don't think you would be unhappy with either camera - they are both REALLY good.

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by boya84 / January 31, 2007 9:33 AM PST

manual downloadable from the Sony support site on the FX7...

It instructs you how to set the menu selection to 4:3 (SD), 16:9 (SD) or the default 16:9 HDV...

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I was at Fry's Electronics tonight
by boya84 / February 1, 2007 12:20 PM PST

and they had both cameras. The FX1 is a LOT heavier - and I don't like the LCD screen positioned on the handle. I'll stay with the FX7 or move to the "pro" line.

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