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Old 09-12-07, 09:26 AM   #2
DRen72
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Default Re: Sony HDR-SR7 HD Video Camera

Update: I've now spent a couple of weeks with this camera. My initial impressions are good. The picture quality is very impressive in HD mode and still very good in standard definition DVD mode. The software support is the biggest issue I've found. Few "good" applications support the AVCHD format this camera uses to record HD. However, I am seeing announcements for more support for this format from more and more upcoming titles. So far I think Sony Vegas looks the best for editing the HD content, although based on the trial version I downloaded it can seen quite complex to use. While thats no problem for me, I can easily see it frustrating others. Now if I record in SD mode, there are tons of programs out there that do a good job. Also, I hear the new Nero 8 will have improved support as well.

Overall the camera itself is easy to use and records terrific videos in HD or SD widescreen with Dolby 5.1 surround.

I also bought the Sony underwater case for the thing and am planning to haul the camera into a cave or two soon. Caving is my hobby in case you didn't know already. I'll report on the video quality when caving in a later update.
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