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Sony PXW-FS7 Camcorder

2kg CMOS 3.5" Oct 2014
Weight Sensor Type Interchangeable Lens Display Diagonal 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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17 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

On average Sony video cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all video cameras produced by Sony.

Nice Design

One customer concluded that the product was ergonomic. Videomaker.com wrote in their review “Superb ergonomics, fully operational out of the box”.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PXW-FS7 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF[plb_1983449_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The PXW-FS7 has a fairly large screen size (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-FS7 have screen sizes of between 1.3" and 11", and the average screen size is 3.2".

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PXW-FS7 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-FS7 do not have an HDMI port.

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Two Memory Card Slots

Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec only have one memory card slot, however the PXW-FS7 has two memory card slots.

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Very High Display Resolution

When compared to other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the PXW-FS7's display resolution of 1,560,000 pixel is one of the highest. The average display resolution of video cameras that were released around the same time as the PXW-FS7 is 490,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 150 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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2160p Video Mode

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

This camcorder's video mode (2160p) is in fact the best video mode amongst all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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 Sony PXW-FS7 supports a 4096 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders of a similar age and spec to it. Most camcorders that were released around the same time as it support a 320 x 240 pixels video resolution. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

A 4096 x 2160 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all camcorders of this age and type.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 320 x 176 pixels.

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SD Memory Card

This video camera supports an SD|XQD memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on camcorders that have been available for more than two years. 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 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras of this spec and age.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution across all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the PXW-FS7.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Sony PXW-FS7 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in display to this camcorder and we think the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF[plb_1983449_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PXW-FS7 is more than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camcorder. 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 a similar spec and age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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200 ISO Sensitivity

The Sony PXW-FS7 has a higher ISO sensitivity than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This video camera has a 200 ISO sensitivity, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 64 ISO sensitivity. The worst ISO sensitivity of all camcorders of this age and type is Auto and the best is 25,600.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PXW-FS7 range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx. At only 0.7 lux, the PXW-FS7 has a quite small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PXW-FS7.

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9 Reasons Against

Difficult to Use

One person who bought the Sony PXW-FS7 concluded that it was not easy to use the menus. In November last year Videomaker.com mentioned “Very Poor menu design and functionality”.

Not Full HD

Most camcorders that came out more than two years ago 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 camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF[plb_1983449_price].

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PXW-FS7, the PXW-FS7 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Waterproof

The PXW-FS7 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PXW-FS7 do not have a night mode. The PXW-FS7 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PXW-FS7 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the PXW-FS7 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PXW-FS7 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PXW-FS7 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

At 2 kilograms, the PXW-FS7 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-FS7. The average weight of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 880g.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF[plb_1983449_price] (1.7kg).

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

The typical power consumption of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-FS7 range from 1.5W to 19W, and the average typical power consumption is 5.8W. The PXW-FS7 has a very high typical power consumption (19 Watts) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony PXW-FS7

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the PXW-FS7.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Lens Mount Interface
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Remotely Operated
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
Supported Video Modes
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
USB Connectivity

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony fs7b1, sony pxwfs7, sony pxwfs7k, sony 03900105, sony pxwfs7m2, vocas pmwf5f55
Barcodes 00027242884724, 00616348060363, 00616348060691, 00616348087674, 00617689594616, 04905524990348

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Production Camera 4K vs PXW-FS7

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$ 3,284.99 $112.00
Vastly Smaller
113.904mm Smaller
A Lot Larger Screen Size
Lighter
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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

Pocket Cinema vs PXW-FS7

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema vs Sony PXW-FS7
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Sony PXW-FS7
$ 450.00 $112.00
Smaller
Six Times Smaller
1.6kg Lighter
Better Memory Card Type
$338 More Expensive
Only 1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

Sony PXW-X200 vs Sony PXW-FS7

Sony PXW-X200 vs Sony PXW-FS7
Sony PXW-X200 Sony PXW-FS7
$ 6,749.00 $112.00
34x Smaller Minimum Illumination
Better Memory Card Type
Smaller
$6,637 More Expensive
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