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Sony Handycam DCR-SX53

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX53. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good views, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. Comments are divided on the color.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SX53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX53 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and memory. The image quality and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, image quality, memory, price

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX53ES Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 16GB Memory - SilverSony DCRSX53ES Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 16GB Memory - Silver

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: Stan (

Sony DCR-SX53E


ease of use, weight and picture quality

sound quality is not great

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: robert (

Sony DCR-SX53E


easy to use and the picture quality is high The recording to memmory or card is very usefull

use in high sun light is dificult using the screen. a view finder would be a usefull addition

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Smeg (

Sony DCR-SX53E


Very light and compact - easy to just pop in a pocket.

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Madeline (

Sony DCR-SX53E


excellent for what we required, family get togethers and holidays

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Anthony (

Sony DCR-SX53E


Easy to transfer files to PC. Linux user - no special software required.

Noise from zoom mechanism picked up by microphone.

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Dexter (

Sony DCR-SX53E


Easy to use and value for money

Photo's not that great,

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Ian (

Sony DCR-SX53E


Quite impressed, easily carried, good quality pictures, product is of sturdy materials, controls are positive, and good sound collection. My first camcorder so not an expert, but I do like this product.

Smaller fingers would be an advantage, but getting easier each time it's used.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: John (

Sony DCR-SX53E


Ease of use. Lightweight. Good quality images

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-SX53E


extremely light and very simple to use. great picture quality.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: susan (

Sony DCR-SX53E


very easy to use, and fantastic value for money.

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):1.5
Battery Type:NP-FV30


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom (max):Y


Colour of product:Silver


Display diagonal:6.86


Built-in Flash: No

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):230400
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:60

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 6
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.8
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)

Ports & interfaces

Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Flash memory:16


Video formats supported:MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes