Sony HDR-HC5 vs HDR-HC7
Question: I am putting an HD camcorder on my Christmas list. I know the Sony HC-5 doesn’t have the mic and headphone jacks, but in your opinion, is the video quality the same? Just looking to save a couple of hundred if I can.
Answer: It all depends on the sensor: Sony’s HDR-HC5 and the HDR-HC7 are 1080i-capable, the HC5 makes use of a 1/3″ ClearVID CMOS sensor (2MP gross pixels), and the HC7 kicking it up further with a slightly larger, 1/2.9″ ClearVID CMOS chip (3.2 MP gross pixels)- this means the HC7 is going to give a clearer image.
The HC7 also differs from the HC5 by including a manual focus wheel, mic and headphone jacks. The HC7 also sports Sony’s Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization System. Digital photos can be stored on Memory Stick. Minimum Light to operate on is 2Lux.
I would pay the extra $$ for the HC7- its a good camera.
Here is an excellent video from Sony that has more info.