Sony HDR-FX7 1080i Camcorder

Sony HDR-FX7 1080i Camcorder

While it certainly isn't for the novice videomaker, the new Sony HDR-FX7 1080i HDV Camcorder ($3500; October 2006) is definitely a powerhouse. It features three-chip ClearVID CMOS Sensor technology, a Carl Zeiss lens with 20x optical zoom, a high-resolution, 3.5-inch LCD, and of course the ability to record in 1080i HD. All of this comes in a package that is 40 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than Sony's original prosumer HDV camcorder, making it ideal for aspiring filmmakers who like to shoot on the go.