I have been using the DVC7


I have been using the DVC7 for almost 2 years now. Following is an overview of my impressions.

Here is a mini DV camera that is “shoulder held”.
This is the primary excuse for buying a camera like this, that and the fact it looks a little more impessive than a small handycam.

Lets start with what is wrong with this camera.

If you have a larger than average size head, you might find it difficult to look through the .5″ EVF as it does not slide far enough away from the camera body.

The viewfinder is color, not very sharp, and extremely small. .5″
This is hard to get used to coming from a JVC DY5000 and an AG-450(which, by the way, is the camera this is replacing).
Fortunatley, the camera has a 2.5″ flip out LCD that can be used, even when on your shoulder (even if it is a little close to your face).

The focus ring is comfortable and natural to work, but being electronic it might cause some frustration with those of us used to a real lens. The auto focus worked pretty well, even under low light.

If you get the optional case, be aware that it is pretty large and suit case styled. It doesn’t open up from the top to drop in the camera. It also doesn’t have a lot of nooks to hold the accessories without having them fall out when opening the case.

Here is what the camera offers:

Manual focusing (elecronic) on the lens
Manual/auto/fixed (indoor,outdoor,flourecent) white balance
Some manual iris control (in steps, not very practical)
some manual audio level control (only within the menu system)
Zoom/rec contol on handle (fixed zoom speed)
Image stabilizer (electronic) …not really sure why one would need this for a shoulder cam.
DV, S-VIDEO, RCA in and out

Now for image quality. The best way to desribe this is to think of this camera as a consumer handycam inside a shoulder held/pro looking shell. This is still a single chip 1/4″ ccd camera that will work in low light, but with significant grain.
Many of the functions on the camera like the digital effects (sepia, mosaic, wipe etc)are consumer type features an event videographer may never use.

All I can say about this camera is, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a truly pro camera this is not the camera to get. If you need a shoulder held, impressive styled camera, without a fantastic picture, this could work.

PS Comparing quality to sonys’ VX2100 – no contest……Sony.


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