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Compact, Shock-Resistant SD Camcorder

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SDR-S7K
Features

Compact, Shock-Resistant SD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom, Pre-Record Function, Quick Start, Easy DVD Copying & Viewing, and MotionSD STUDIO, Records to SD Memory Card, Black

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    • MEDIA
    • Records Onto
    • Recording Format
    • LENS
    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Image Sensor (Effective)
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • CAMERA
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Shutter Speed: Motion Image
    • Shutter Speed: Still Image
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Iris
    • Backlight Compensation
    • LCD Monitor
    • Power LCD
    • Pure Color Engine
    • Soft-Skin Mode
    • Easy-to-Use Mode Dial
    • MagicPix Images
    • Microphone
    • Date Recording
    • Fade in/out
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • Quick Start
    • RECORDING & PLAYBACK
    • Video Recording Format
    • Recording Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • Audio Recording System
    • Recording Time
    • Still Picture
    • Still Picture Recording Number
    • Counter
    • Wind Noise Reduction
    • Remaining Indication
    • Pre-Rec Function
    • One-Touch Navigation
    • Help Mode
    • Disc Copy Function
    • USB Host Function
    • SD CARD FEATURES
    • Built-in SD Slot
    • DPOF
    • PictBridge Compatible
    • JACKS
    • USB
    • Analog In/Out
    • AV
    • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
    • AC Adaptor
    • Strap
    • AV Cable
    • USB Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Included Software
    • GENERAL
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight
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Reviews

SDR-S7K is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not compatible with... If you are a Mac user , this camera won't work for you. I have an IMac that has everything brand new. everytime I try to download or conect the camera with the usb , it will only transfer pictures but no video at all. Imovie wont recognize the camera...
Date published: 2009-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice SD Camera I picked this camera over competition from Canon and JVC. For me, the form factor was a key concern, but I was also on a mission. I have a Super-8 camcorder by Sony that works well but is cumbersome. My wife and I wanted to take more spontaneous videos so we needed something smaller. The SDR-S7K seemed to fit the bill, but there are other small form-factor cameras from companies like Aiptek that seemed pretty popular as well. Three things sealed the deal for me with this camcorder: -Optical Zoom Not too many small 'lesser-name' cameras came with optical zoom. This camcorder has 10X optical which is plenty considering many digital cameras today only have somewhere in the 3-10X zoom range. Anything more than this and you'll need to use a tripod or monopod for image stability -Sound I like the fact that I can link the zoom feature to the mic, and the mic provides stereo sound capture. Everything I've captured has been crisp, clean, and in sync with the video -SD Memory I'm starting to dabble a little in editing my movies to create DVDs and I was going crazy trying to import all of my Super-8 film in real-time (i.e. 2 hr film takes 2 hrs to archive). Now I can download my clips in minutes and have them edited just as quickly. There are some cons that I must point out as well: -Low Light Even though this camera has the 'Magic-Pixel' option of capturing images in low light, it will leave horrible 'ghost' images if you pan the camera at all! This mode must be used with a stationary object and a stationary mount like a tripod or else the images look terrible! Regular low-light produces some video artifacts (a.k.a. noise), so don't expect great capture in those situations -MotionSD Software Designed to pull data off of the camera and provide video editing capabilities, the software package has a clumsy user interface and non-intuitive controls. I already have 3rd-party software I use for editing so I only use MotionSD to pull the data off the card so I can store it in a logical fashion. -Battery Life The included VW-VBJ10 battery will only give you about 35-40 minutes of consecutive recording time. Found this out the hard way the first time I filmed something away from home. Make sure to purchase an extra. All in all, for the purpose I'm using it for it is doing a fine job so far (only 3 weeks into my purchase). I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to have a small, lightweight camcorder for capturing life's spontaneous moments. I carry it with me everywhere and I look forward to using it for a long time.
Date published: 2009-01-20
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Support

Owner's Manuals
FAQs
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Are there drivers available for Windows 7 or 8?
    No, there are no drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • If I turn the camcorder upside down , I hear rattling noise is this normal?
    This rattling noise is the Optical image stabilization sensor which assists with reduces any handshake while recording. This is normal.
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
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