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Sony Handycam DCR SR30E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR30E. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and zoom. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the reliability and battery. Reviews are divided on the portability.

usability, image quality, zoom, size

price, viewfinder, durability, battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR30E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR30E from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. Many are less positive about the color and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the portability.

usability, image quality, zoom

durability, battery, reliability, color

55% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR30E 30GB HDD CamcorderSony DCR-SR30E 30GB HDD Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: JackieN (

Sony DCR-SR30E 30GB


Really good camcorder, but maybe a bit pricey and think that I could have gotten just as good a camcorder for less money. You can also use it as a still camera but the pictures are not very good at all.

Great camcorder, quality of picture excellent

Terrible still photographs

Really good camcorder, but maybe a bit pricey and think that I could have gotten just as good a camcorder for less money. You can also use it as a still camera but the pictures are not very good at all.

May, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Lots of marketing jargon, no real quality


You just know that something which brands itself as having an '800x zoom' and 'nightshot plus' is a result of zealous marketing ai...

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Fine camcorder for its price


Bought the Sony DCR-SR30E 30GB HDD Camcorder (my first camcorder) in December 2006. It is an excellent device. Picture quality on ...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

brilliant basic level camcorder


If you want to point and shoot the Sony DCR-SR30E is a great camcorder. So easy to use, and great results. Impressed with the low ...

Jan, 2007

Product Specifications

Sony Handycam DCR-SR30E is equipped with 30GB hard disk, which gives it recording times from 20 hours 50 minutes in Long Play mode (3 Mbps) to 10 hours 50 minutes in Standard Play (6Mbps). Even in the High Quality 9Mbps mode, the cameras can record for a full 7 hours and 20 minutes. When you want to download content from the camera to a PC, the bundled Handycam Station comes into its own. The Station connects to the PC via USB 2.0, providing a high-speed downlink, which activates once the camcorder is seated in place. If desired, a single press of the One Touch DVD Burn button on the side of the station begins a completely automatic download-and-burn process. It really is that simple. To ensure your recordings are safe, the hard disk itself is multiply protected by the Sony HDD Smart Protection System. As you would expect, the first layer of defense against accident consists of specially designed physical shock absorbers, but there is much more. The 3G sensor can detect the sudden acceleration of a fall and instantly auto-park its heads, preventing them or the platters from being damaged by the impact. Better still, if you are filming at the time the camera will buffer the video stream until the drive is stable and operational again before writing the stored data to disk. Nothing will be lost. Of course a camcorder is only as good as its batteries, that is why Sony Handycam DCR-SR30E features exceptional battery life delivered by Sony STAMINA battery packs.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

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


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/6''


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card 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:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/3
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3500

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:0.4Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:0.8Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG