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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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An HVR-A7 possible in the future?

Being a HC7 owner and loving the camera, I'm now wondering if a Pro version with timecode preset and DVCAM (although the HC7 can play DVCAM, it just can't record it.) and CineGamma and possibly 30p and 24p (25p in PAL) like the V1U might come out in the future? If the HC7 continues it's success, Sony should consider it.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #2
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Well? Are there any opinions on this?
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:23 PM   #3
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As great as the HC7 is, it's probably far too small to make the jump into a "pro" version. I'm guessing that firmware changes would allow for SOME of the features, but you can't really expect a cam this small to fit into a pro environment.

That said, it sure would look great in black, like I see some of its kin decked out in. It is what it is, a small consumer cam that takes great video that a thoughtful pro can get lots of mileage out of. Video looks like a much more expensive cam (same can be said of the HV20), and the compact form factor is great for a drag around everywhere device. With the right add-ons, it can pass for a "pro" cam visually and for the most part in conrol.

For me, I'd like to see the return of the "real" ring and the exposure lever ala the HC1, and the demise of the wheely thingy, but now your camera needs to be larger... There's NO room in or on the HC7 to pack or tack anything else on the cam...

SO, I guess you live with the limits and enjoy the small size, OR you go to something bigger. If you go bigger, bring back the 3.5" screen and build a cam around that larger screen similar to the SR1, but high PQ and tape mech or high bitrate HDD...

From a practical standpoint, eventually Sony may need to put a A1U replacement in the pipeline - that cam is getting dated by any stretch, as is the Z1... but those still sell for good $$, so I doubt there's any BIG hurry.

Maybe we see a consumer oriented version of their new supercam? Now THAT might be sweet...
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