ruined all the surprises, but in case you were holding out for someone to confirm those three new HD camcorders we spotted yesterday, Sony seems happy to oblige. The HDR-SR5, HDR-SR7 and HDR-CX7 just got official, with the CX7 indeed laying claim to the "world's smallest and lightest AVCHD high-definition camcorder." At 15 ounces with battery, and recording done straight to Memory Stick PRO Duo exclusively, who are we to argue? The HDR-SR7 does some more heavy lifting with 22 hours of room for 1080i on its 60GB HDD, while the HDR-SR5 does 15 hours on its 40GB drive. All three cameras sport USB connections and 2.7-inch LCD screens. If you're looking for the best resolution, the CX7 and SR7 share 3 megapixel video sensors, and 6 megapixel stills, while the SR5 does 2 megapixel video and 4 megapixel photos. We're always surprised by Sony's change of tune from the "True HD" 1080p of the PS3 to the "full HD" 1080i of its consumer HD camcorders, but it's really plenty of resolution for most consumer uses, and at $1,100, $1,200 and $1,400 price points for the HDR-SR5, HDR-CX7 and HDR-SR7, respectively, it's hard to complain.
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Sony thinks tiny for new consumer-friendly camcorders