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Sony DCR-SR100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Sony DCR-SR100. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Opinions about the zoom and price are different. There are some less positive views about the connectivity and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, design, size

reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and price are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas views are divided on the zoom. The viewfinder and reliability get critical views.

usability, image quality, portability, price, design

reliability, viewfinder

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: James Dickinson (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR100


There is a bewildering array of camcorder formats on the market at present, ranging from the stalwart tape-based Mini DV right through to flash-based ...

Good quality video and still pictures, easy to use software, lots of features

Large frame, slightly awkward to hold, clunky interface

The Sony DCR-SR100 is one of the first hard disk based camcorders on the market, and demonstrates why the technology is here to stay.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Sony DCR-SR100


Sony's HDD cam delivers MiniDV performance, at least when compression doesn't compromise the picture.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 review: Sony Handycam DCR-SR100


Intro Sony may not be the first manufacturer to enter the hard drive camcorder market--that distinction goes to JVC's Everio models . But with excellent video quality and fluid operation, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 puts all but the more expensive JVC...

Superior image quality for a single-chip, MPEG-2 camcorder; decent still photos; hotshoe for a light or a microphone; fluid and fast focus.

Too dependent on its touch-screen interface; small LCD.

The Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 is a solid hard-drive-based option, especially if you like Sony's touch-screen interfaces.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam


Very good video quality. Includes a viewfinder. Excellent night mode

Expensive for a hard drive camcorder. Still-image features could be better. Bulky

The DCR-SR100 30, Sony's first hard drive camcorder, is the best of its kind thus far, but it hasn't attained EC quality yet.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (

Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam Camcorder


Very good video quality. Includes a viewfinder. Excellent night mode.

Expensive for a hard drive camcorder. Still-image features could be better. Bulky.

The DCR-SR100 30, Sony's first hard drive camcorder, is the best of its kind thus far, but it hasn't attained EC quality yet.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas Ricker (

Sony's DCR-SR100 disk-based camcorder reviewed


Remember that hot Sony DCR-SR100 disk-based Handycam we first set eyes to at CES? Yeah, the one with a 30GB hard disk, 3.3 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD, and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound recording -- that one. Well, CamcorderInfo laid...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Nicole Manktelow (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR100


For those who want to do away with tape and don't want to worry about manual controls, this might just be the easiest HDD camcorder available -- but check it works with your computer first!

Seven hours of recording storage ; Drop sensor ; Empty\" feature for clearing the hard drive ; Carl Zeiss lens ; Nice touchscreen

All manual settings are menu driven ; Check computer operating system compatibility ; No external battery charger

This reviewer dislikes Sony's accessory shoes, which are sunken, with a cover attached by the weakest of plastic straps, destined to break or at least rub against a microphone. Perhaps there's the expectation that most consumers will rarely use...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

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Great video and still performance from large CMOS sensor, - Very easy to use - even more so than Sonys that use external media, - Big, sharp LCD & HDMI terminal

Recently outclassed by the Sony HDR-SR1, - Not much in the way of manual controls, - Bulky compared to most consumer camcorders

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Review


A pattern is emerging. JVC puts a product out on the market, one that everyone wants. The hot new thing. Then Sony, seizing on the opportunity, leapfrogs over JVC with a slightly better version, and takes home the spoils. It happened with high...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Brent Holland (

Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-SR100 Hard Drive Camcorder


Talk about the whole package, the Sony DCR-SR100 Handycam Camcorder not only captures sharp digital video directly to a 30-gigabyte hard drive, but it also serves as a decent digital still camera as well

Crisp, clear picture Versatile Large Storage Compact design

No headphone jack Limited manual controls Small record button

The Sony DCR-SR100 is an excellent solution for hobbyists, or travelers who want to capture great video and still images without having to bother with a lot of buttons. Being able to store large amounts of video to the 30-gigabyte hard drive is also an...

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images with the DCR-SR100 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-SR100 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with a 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with the built-in microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP60

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon / Super night mode

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor