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Sony PXW-FS7 Camcorder

2kg CMOS 3.5" Oct 2014
Weight Sensor Type Interchangeable Lens Screen Size Release Date
High Mobility Professional Camera With Continuous Super Slow Motion Capabilities And Mount Lens System Compatible With Wide Variety Of E-Mount And A-Mount* Lenses PXW-FS7 XDCAM camera has an... More
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16 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 3,509 expert and owner reviews, Sony has good reviews for its camcorders. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its camcorders compared to other brands.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The PXW-FS7 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-FS7 do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the PXW-FS7 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-FS7. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 1.3" and 11", and the average screen size is 3.1".

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PXW-FS7 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PXW-FS7 do not have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider including the Veho MUVI K-Series K2 ($128.95) which is cheaper.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The PXW-FS7 is a two memory card slot video camera. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years only have one memory card slot.

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Very High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,560,000 pixel, the PXW-FS7 has a very high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. Across all the video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PXW-FS7 the display resolutions range from 150 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 490,000 pixels.

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2160p Video Mode

The Sony PXW-FS7 has a better video mode than most camcorders of this type and age. This video camera has a 2160p video mode, whereas most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a 480i video mode.

A 2160p video mode is actually the best video mode across all similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PXW-FS7.

A 480p video mode is the worst video mode amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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4096 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The PXW-FS7 supports a 4096 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 320 x 240 pixels video resolution supported by most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this Sony camcorder supports a video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

This video camera's video resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A 320 x 176 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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SD Memory Card

This camcorder supports an SD|XQD memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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4096 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The PXW-FS7 has a higher maximum video resolution than most similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera has a 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best maximum video resolution across all camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-FS7.

The worst maximum video resolution across similar types of video camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The PXW-FS7 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-FS7 also have a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper video cameras such as the TomTom Bandit Action ($289.99), the ee Ee 4GEE Action Camcorder, or the Veho MUVI K-Series K2 ($128.95).

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony PXW-FS7 is more than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Sony video camera.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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200 ISO Sensitivity

The PXW-FS7 has a 200 ISO sensitivity which is higher than most camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it have a 64 ISO sensitivity. The worst ISO sensitivity of all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PXW-FS7 is Auto and the best is 25,600.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.7 lux, the PXW-FS7 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-FS7. The minimum illumination of video cameras of this age and type range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PXW-FS7 are not Full HD. The Sony PXW-FS7 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the ee Ee 4GEE Action Camcorder or the GoPro Hero 4 ($311.98).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the PXW-FS7 does not have an image stabiliser.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Veho MUVI K-Series K2 ($128.95) which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the PXW-FS7 is not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the TomTom Bandit Action ($289.99), the ee Ee 4GEE Action Camcorder, or the Veho MUVI K-Series K2 ($128.95).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PXW-FS7 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the PXW-FS7 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PXW-FS7 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-FS7 are also not 3D compatible.

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Heavy

At 2 kilograms, the PXW-FS7 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The weights of video cameras that came out around the same time as the PXW-FS7 range from 59g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Ricoh Theta M15 ($199.95) (95g) which is also cheaper.

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

With a typical power consumption of 19 Watts, the PXW-FS7's typical power consumption is one of the highest amongst camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The average typical power consumption of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 5.8W, and the typical power consumption range from 1.5W to 19W.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony PXW-FS7

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption

Expert Reviews

27 June 2015

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Internal 4K recording with a super 35mm sensor
14 stops dynamic range in SLo 3
Superb ergonomics, fully operational out of the box
Records from 1 to 180 frames per second
Very Poor menu design and functionality
The LCD monitor is mounted with cheap plastic, eyepiece adapter is even cheaper

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony info, sony sony, sony pxwfs7, sony xdcafs7, sony pxwfs7k, sony 7634616k, tablet pxwfs7, sony pxwfs7ke, sony vp851851, tablet pxwfs7k, sony pxwfs7kex, sony pxwfs7kexd, sony pxwfs7kexde, sony pxwfs7kexdem, sony pxwfs7kexdemo
Barcodes 00027242884724, 04905524990348, 04905524999808

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