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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.

  • Bogen 3169D Tripod System

    If you just bought your first dSLR, you likely need several other things: a new lens (most likely), a large external flash, and a tripod. The Bogen 3169D Tripod System ($200) pairs the absolutely wonderful 3130 micro fluid video head with quick release with a solid 3001D Tripod to create a stable base for your video and photo shooting. The quick release system allows for quick changing of cameras when needed so you can turn that photo shoot into a video.

  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Camera

    Sony has finally crashed the D-SLR (digital single lens reflex) party with the new Alpha DSLR-A100. The 10.2-megapixel camera packs in the features — it offers a new Dynamic Range Optimizer for great picture quality, high-speed Bionz image processing, and high light sensitivity (up to ISO 1600) and Super SteadyShot image stabilization to stop those blurry photo blues. The DSLR-A100 has also got anti-dust features to keep the camera's CCD image sensor
    clean, eye-start auto focus, a 2.5-inch LCD,
    and JPEG and RAW file format support.
    The DSLR-A100 camera body ($900) and
    the DSLR-A100K kit ($1,000), which
    includes the camera body along with an
    18-70mm lens, will be available next month.