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Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and battery are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the memory. There are some mixed views about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, battery, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and size are overall positive. The price and battery are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the portability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, battery, price, size, design


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONY - HDR FX 7SONY - HDR FX 7

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 user reviews of Sony HVR-V1/V1E / HDR-FX7/FX7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the battery and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive comments about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, zoom, battery


93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical ZoomSony HVR-V1U 3-CMOS 1080i Professional HDV Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Videomaker (

Sony HVR-V1U HDV Camcorder Review


V1U - The Little Brother

Fast, Sharp imaging, Good color saturation, Excellent user control over major camcorder features

Moderately high-priced, Slow auto-focus response in certain circumstances

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Heath McKnight (

Sony HVR-V1u HDV Camcorder


The Sony HVR-V1u is a small but powerful cinema-style HDV camcorder, with 3 CMOS sensors that pack quite a punch. The camera also provides 24p, 30p and 60i recording capabilities, plus added cinegamma and color features. With the cost down over $1,000...

Small but powerful cinema-style camcorder

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Brian Peterson (

Camcorder Review: Sony HVR-V1U HDV


Sony's latest addition to its professional HDV camcorder lineup is the HVR-V1U. This camcorder is packed with a host of features designed for serious amateurs and budding professionals

Fast Sharp imaging Good color saturation Excellent user control over major camcorder features

Moderately high-priced Slow auto-focus response in certain circumstances

The V1U is a well-built, feature-packed HDV camcorder capable of producing professional quality video.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Douglas Spotted Eagle (

Sony HVR-V1U


A new generation of high-definition camcorder is soon to hit thestreets, and if initial trial tests of the Sony HVR-V1U are anyindicator of what's to come, hang on to your production budget. Overthe course of several weeks, I shot some extreme sports...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Mike Hanlon (

Sony's HVR-V1U HDV Pro Camcorder, 1080 Filmmakers Ogle Its 24p-ness


September 22, 2006 Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder was shown at a special event in New York earlier this week and reviewers are suggesting it will immediately be devoured by mid-level video production pros and filmmakers. This is the higher-end,...

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Sony HVR-V1


Excellent image quality and wide range of features. Lots of ways to customise the functions to suit your needs. Great battery life, good handling 'feel' and balance.

None really.

Nov, 2009

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Sony HVR-V1


Over all this is semi pro camcoder for an affordable price. Very easy to handle the camera in any moving programs. Very good in the HD mode recording.

Its quality in low light situation and night.

Jul, 2009

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Sony HVR-V1


Superb image quality, easy handling and balance, progressive scan functionand facilities for cinema mode. Once the handbook has been explored and understood, it is straightforward to use. The lens is excellent. The various function buttons are well...

Not really "bad", but the supplied microphone is only adequate, and lacks power. It is also not stereo sound, inevitable with an XLR input, stereo is achieved only with a second microphone.

Jul, 2009

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Sony HVR-V1


ND filter very useful, HDMI socket useful, ideal headphone socket, link socket useful, good eyepiece

Jul, 2009

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Thiis is a powerhouse camera


I have produced with this camera for several years. I like taking it on locations with me because its handheld abilities, excellent color production, I have been on extream locations and Sony has always come through with flying colors. Thanks Sony!

Great picture quality and quick access for news and documentary production work

Accessories for downloading video to PC

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: Full-HDV 1080i format; HDV / DV switchability; 3 X ClearVid CMOS Sensor for a better color reproduction; Optical Image Stabilizer; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T with extra low dispersion glass; 20x optical zoom with 1.5x Digital Extender; 3.5" Wide Hybrid Clear Photo LCD plus (suited for HD); 16: 9 Color Viewfinder; Independent manual zoom and focus ring; Manual Gain / Iris / Shutter speed / White Balance / Audio level; Shot assistance Zebra (brightness), Color peaking (focus), Histogram (brightness distribution); Picture profile & camera profile (save favorite settings); HDMI output; i.LINK in / out for HDV and DV; Component video S Video output; Memory Stick DUO slot; Stamina 8 hours (with optional battery).


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):8
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NPF970
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F570
Video recording time:60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
Camcorder type:Shouldercam
Minimum illumination:4
Photo effects:Skin tones
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:8.89
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Colour of product:Black


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.04
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.12 / 2.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:30
Filter Size:6.2
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):37.4 - 748
Focal length range (f-f):32.5 - 390
Image stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:3.9mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.04Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.12Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Manual Focus: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1440

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, Component, USB / AC, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Lens hood: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
XLR in: Yes

Pro Camcorder Features



Camera shutter speed:0.25 - 0.0001
Camera shutter type:Mechanical

Still image

Histogram: Yes


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / Videotape
Camcorder tape type:DVCAM, HDV / HDV / HDV, Mini-DV
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080p
Video formats supported:MPEG1, MPEG2
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:1.5
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:250000
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:HYBRID

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.1 / 18.4
Height :15.1
Weight:1.5 / 24 / 300
Width:13.1 / 36.5

White balance

White Balance:Auto