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Sony Handycam DCR SR30E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 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. Reviews about the size and portability are overall positive. The zoom and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

usability, image quality, zoom, portability, 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. Opinions are divided on the portability. There are some less positive comments about the color and reliability.

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

Mar, 2018

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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

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Sony DCR-SR30E


Light to carry, easy to handle and operate.

Haven't found any yet!

Apr, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR30E


Still pictures are the best of quilty

Apr, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR30E


great camcorder - glad i bought it

haven't found any yet

Mar, 2007

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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

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Sony DCR-SR30E


ease of use


Jan, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR30E


very happy with camcorder it is light,compact and easy to use


Jan, 2007

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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

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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

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

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)

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