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Sony DCR-SR40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of Sony DCR-SR40. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the viewfinder and finish, and views are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, size, reliability, zoom

image quality, design, price, finish, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-SR40

 

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 review:

 

Given their ease of use and the fact that they potentially eliminate the need for media, it's a wonder that hard-drive-based camcorders still haven't replaced DVD-based camcorders in the post-MiniDV world. After all, a camcorder the likes of Sony's...

Fast focus; 20X optical zoom lens.

No accessory shoe; heavily dependent on touch-screen interface; small LCD.

Sony's DCR-SR40 is a solid, midlevel, hard-drive-based option, though still-image buffs won't be impressed with this camcorder's submegapixel snapshots.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR40

 

Sony's DCR-SR40 is a solid, midlevel, hard-drive-based option, though still-image buffs won't be impressed with this camcorder's submegapixel snapshots.

Fast focus ; 20x optical zoom lens

No accessory shoe ; Heavily dependent on touch-screen interface ; Small LCD

Overall, Sony's Handycam DCR-SR40 is a decent choice for an entry-level hard-drive-based camcorder. Serious hobbyists and still-image buffs will probably want to move up the line, but casual shooters, such as those who just want to document birthday...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-SR40 Camcorder Review

 

Sony's new entry-level HDD camcorder, the DCR-SR40, made its debut this fall in a crowded market, with media, video standards, and manufacturers vying for consumers' attention. It's a market in flux, as HD video becomes an affordable option for the...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Rasesh Tanna (technews.in)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 DCR-SR60 and DCR-SR80

 

Sony has announced three new Camcorders to its already impressive range in Handycams. These new Camcorders are hard drive equipped and hence no need to take care of the digital media, dvds, analog tapes, etc

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony Handycam Dcr-sr40

 

The Sony Handycam Dcr-sr40 is an easy to use, lightweight hard drive digital camcorder with 30 GB of storage that can record about seven hours of video. Video is output in a compressed MPEG2 format. The MPEG2 format results in decent, but not...

Picture purists should probably look into a hi-def Handycam alternative, but average users will find the Dcr-sr40 to be more than capable of handling all their video capturing needs

Consumer review by: northern (cnet.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR40

 

just one mans comment, but the majority of us ARE casual shooters, great cam for ease of use and excellent for everyday holiday shoots. 30g is enough for what most uses need, considering a full movie is around 4.7g. a new battery is a good idea.

easy to handle, great quality, reliable sony camera

no light shoe, but no drama

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: dfkjdef (cnet.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR40

 

ok camera. not too bad

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Recommended but...BUY AT NEWEGG!!

 

Overall I'd say it's a quick and easy item to use but you can see from the cons that it's not perfect. Overall it's easy to use and provides a good picture and good sound, its not professional but better than most of us need for recording a piano...

Ergonomic grip, intuitive controls, easy mode allows for less clutter on camera, touch screen also allows for less clutter. Small size overall, touch screen works well with a sharp picture

Software that comes with it doesn't seem to be all that useful. Direct DVD burn function does not work yet. I'm sure it will given more time to research it but so far it's not quick and easy at all. Camera does not show up as camera device on computer...

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: mandyc81 (epinions.com)

Happy with my Sony Handycam

 

easy to use

low quality of still photos

Jan, 2008