Owning a camcorder that can record high-definition video may be nice and all, but the Sony HDR-FX7 is the first to include a Three-Chip ClearVID Sensor Technology.
This is said to provide higher resolutions (1080i, in this case), greater light sensitivity, and more accurate color reproduction. Making use of readily available miniDV tapes, you can downgrade to standard def should you choose, or even take 1.2MP stills while simultaneously recording HD video.
Perhaps even more impressive is that this camcorder will provide 8 hours of continuous recording time. It is also 40% smaller than previous Sony HDV movie-takers, weighing in at a mere three pounds. Other key features include a 3.5-inch LCD, Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, 20x optical zoom from the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, and a bevy of manual controls.
The expected launch price will be $3,500 when the Sony HDR-FX7 hits shelves next month.