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#1 Steve Douglas

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:00 AM

Just curious, what are the differences between the two cams, are they both tape drives, long gop HDV?
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:34 AM

Steve,

I found this write-up on Amazon.com and did a cut/paste. It's not my words but I hope this helps.

After looking at the specs to this new HDR-HC9, I noticed that Sony's HDR-HC7 (last year's model) was almost identical to Sony`s latest in MiniDV technology. I began digging in the specs department for awhile on both Sony's website and here on Amazon. I was able to determine the following differences between the two:


- The Sony HDR-HD9 boasts on it's Amazon specs that it has upgraded to a 2.0 USB connector leaving the old 1.1 design behind, however the specs sheet on Sony's homepage seem to dispute this, claiming the HDR-HC9 is still plagued with the old technology. I rarely use any sort of camcorder for still pictures, I do have a 512MB Memory Stick installed in my unit for that "just-in-case" moment we've all been in. Even in the rare occasion I do snap a couple experimental stills while on vacation, I always use a card reader to transfer the pictures to my PC, not the USB interface.

- The supplied software is obviously upgraded. The Sony HDR-HC9 comes with Picture Motion Browser version 2.0.17

- If you really care about stills (and take a lot of them...I mean a lot of them) the Sony HDR-HC9 can now handle an 8GB Memory Stick compared to the HDR-HC7's 4GB.

- The general color of the new HC9 is black (which I prefer over the cheap space-age looking silver of the HC7) but this is just a consumer's preference, no reason to upgrade.

- It has been posted on other websites that the HDR-HC9's manual focus has been improved over the HC7's.


I've been trying my best to come up with something more but honestly, this is all I could find. This camcorder is basically the HDR-HC7 with a new paint job and a few minor modifications. Not to say this is a bad camera...far from it. I shoot exclusively with Sony camcorders and this one is by far the best I've ever owned.

If you happen to own the HDR-HC7 don't be swindled into upgrading. As the few minor spec differences above point out, you already own the new HDR-HC9 minus the 8GB Memory Stick storage capacity and the onyx color scheme. Compare the specs for yourself, if you find anything that differs between these two models feel free to list them in the comments section under this review. I searched for 30 minutes and this is the best I could do.

As far as the camera performance itself...what can I say? It's a Sony, top of the line. If you want to shoot quality HD movies but don't want to break your bank account, the Sony HDR-HC9 or HDR-HC7 is probably the right fit for most people's budgets.

I also prefer shooting with this camcorder because of the MiniDV tapes it uses as opposed to all the other media platforms such as DVDs, Hard Drives, Flash Memory...etc.. This format (MiniDV) is an industry standard and if you are planning on editing your videos with computer software (Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas Studio) this is the ONLY way to go.

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Edited by BDSC, 16 July 2008 - 01:37 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:31 AM

- The general color of the new HC9 is black (which I prefer over the cheap space-age looking silver of the HC7) but this is just a consumer's preference, no reason to upgrade.

-BDSC


I have an HC7 and wish I had the HC9 only for the black exterior color. My HC7 has a bright, shiny, beveled surface near the lens barrel which will reflect a bright spot on the inside of my dome port in bright lighting conditions. To mitigate this problem I've resorted to taking a black "felt pen" to this shiny surface. I suppose having the already "black" HC9 would help resolve this problem.

Other than that, image quality wise.. I think they are the same camera.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for the info, I'll either stay with my Sony A1-U or wait until the Panasonic 170 comes out.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 04:32 PM

My HC7 has a bright, shiny, beveled surface near the lens barrel which will reflect a bright spot on the inside of my dome port in bright lighting conditions. To mitigate this problem I've resorted to taking a black "felt pen" to this shiny surface. I suppose having the already "black" HC9 would help resolve this problem.


I used the good ol' Run-a-Dub Laundry marker on my shiny ring and it took care of the reflectivity.
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