The quality of video is essential when it comes to any form of video production whether it’s an interview, show, or just a collection of footage to be used for one’s coverage plans. When one’s video quality stands out from the crowd grabbing the viewer’s attention, one is likely to possess a highly respected presentation to diverge from the competition. While I was in Las Vegas last month covering CES 2012, the world’s premier tradeshow for all forms of technology, I had the opportunity to run Sony’s HDR-CX700V Full High-Definition Camcorder through its paces and see how well Sony’s premiere Handycam held up. Read more for my review to see how well it performed.
Supporting full 1920×1080 (1080P) resolution at 60 frames per second, Sony’s HDR-CX700V easily accomplishes the latest High-Definition standards for video recording, but anyone with knowledge on film and video understands numbers aren’t everything. What better time to test a camcorder and see how it performs then at CES 2012 where lighting, location, and angle are not able to be optimized unlike a controlled set.
Below you find my interview with Jason Kaplan, Vice President of Business Development for Sensics, where the interview was recorded in a very poorly lit meeting room on the CES showfloor. Thanks to Sony’s exclusive back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX700V relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, increasing the light gathering area per pixel allowing for high-quality video recording in low-light environments. This allows for cleaner video results with less video grain in low-light conditions than your typical compact camcorder. I encourage you to watch the video below to see how well the CX700V performed without any additional light source or pre-recording preparation.
If you do have the luxury of filming in a controlled environment with the CX700V, prepare to be stunned by the quality of video this camcorder can capture. While the quality will vary depending upon which quality setting you have the camcorder set to, after testing all of the High-Definition options, I failed to be disappointed by any of the testing footage. With the ability to record up to 1080P at 60FPS, I have embedded episode #61 of Nick’s Gaming View below showcasing the potential of Sony’s HDR-CX700V. Considering this video has been rendered once into a MP4 video file and then compressed through my video host, Dailymotion, I am still amazed by the amazing quality that remains present in the recording captured on Sony’s HDR-CX700V.
Featuring 96GB of embedded flash memory, Sony’s HDR-CX700V defines convenience allowing the user to record hours of video at the highest setting of full 1080P 60FPS without having to worry about running out of space. Throughout my entire week in Vegas for CES 2012, not once did I have to worry about transferring files off of the camcorder nor worry about an external SD card for the camcorder. Overall, Sony’s HDR-CX700V is an amazing High-Definition Camcorder packing a generous 96GB worth of built-in flash memory to store the High-Quality footage obtainable through the advanced hardware and technology integrated within the device. Sony’s HDR-CX700V is sure to do the job for anyone looking to film high-quality productions in a wide range of environments without investing in a professional camcorder used by many large budget production companies, but it gets better.
Designed for those lacking the knowledge and/or not wanting to invest much time into a production, yet make it seem as if they did, Sony’s HDR-CX700V can identify and compile your untouched footage into a short, impressive production complete with music and transitions. Called the “Highlight Playback” feature, to see such a presentation develop solely on the camcorder without the need for any external hardware is astonishing and allows for any user to produce a High-Quality production regardless of their experience level.
I am left impressed by what Sony has to offer with the HDR-CX700V High Definition Camcorder and has definitely earned a recommendation from me, but as with all products there are a few drawbacks that I would like to see Sony execute better in their next line of Handycam Camcorders. The first and primary concern I express with Sony’s HDR-CX700V camcorder deals with the electronic lens cover that automatically opens when the camcorder is turned on and closes when turned off. While this is convenient for those filming with no additional lens, anyone looking to utilize an additional lens, such as a UV lens, will need to add and remove the additional lens after each use. This can prove to be a disturbance for anyone filming in short sessions and it would have been nice to see Sony offer the option to turn this feature off.
The other issue I experienced with the HDR-CX700V is the length and positioning of the integrated USB cable. The built-in USB cable surely offers convenience and simplicity for those looking to easily transfer files, but unless you’re connecting directly into a laptop, you will be forced to use the extended USB cable anyways due to the incredibly short length. Positioning may also prove to be a concern for anyone with larger hands as the cable is secured into section that secures your handling of the camcorder. While I did not experience any direct conflicts personally, I can definitely see this becoming an issue for those with larger hands.
Outside of these two minor complaints, Sony’s HDR-CX700V Full High-Definition Camcorder is flawless and receives a strong recommendation from myself as it delivered throughout my journey at CES 2012.
Final Score: 9.0/10