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Sony Handycam DCR SR57

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR57. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the image quality and price are on the whole positive. The size and portability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the durability and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR57 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: Geoff (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Ease of set up and use. Simple. clear instructions help, of course. The camera is light and easy to hold and all the main functions ate at your finger tips. A very handy cam indeed. My first use of the camera was at the Olympic Games athletics. For my...

None that I have found as yet. The only difficulty I have had with the camera thus far is with the idiot behind it! There is, of course, always the problem that while one is concentrating on filming, one isn't really concentrating properly on whatever...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Geoff (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Ease of set up and use. Simple. clear instructions help, of course. The camera is light and easy to hold and all the main functions ate at your finger tips. A very handy cam indeed. My first use of the camera was at the Olympic Games athletics. For my...

None that I have found as yet. The only difficulty I have had with the camera thus far is with the idiot behind it! There is, of course, always the problem that while one is concentrating on filming, one isn't really concentrating properly on whatever...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Gavin (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Takes good quality images. Fairly easy to operate with out having to understand all the blurb ( it is forgotten by the time I want to use it). I can carry it all day discretely in the palm of my hand ready for use.

Like other cameras/ camcorders without a viewfinder it is very difficult to use in sunlight as the viewing screen become invisible.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Gavin (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Takes good quality images ; Fairly easy to operate with out having to understand all the blurb ( it is forgotten by the time I want to use it) ; I can carry it all day discretely in the palm of my hand ready for use

Like other cameras/ camcorders without a viewfinder it is very difficult to use in sunlight as the viewing screen become invisible

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Sally (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

it's light and easy to use to take pictures or film

to edit and delete images or film, the tools are tricky and the touch screen is only for the tiniest of fingers. The image quality of the photographs is disasterous - the film quality is as expected - not great but fine but photographs are not very...

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Miles (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Light, quite easy to use once the menus and settings are understood. Picture quality, I cannot say as I have had a great deal of difficulty in trying to edit the footage and get it on to a DVD.

No viewfinder. I really miss this especialyy when the sun is behind you, which is where you like it to be on most ocassions. Software is complicated and not a deal of use to me. I prefer a video editing suite so have had to purchase Vegas Movie Studio...

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: tim (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Extreme difficulty in downloading into iMac. Seems Sony and Apple are not compatible. Very disappointing.

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Will (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

Very compact, good recording quality in normal light conditions

Poor sound and recording quality and low light conditions, and no external accessories available for this model (e.g. microphone)

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Michael (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

As Above

Still images are poor and movie images are not much better. I was hoping just to carry this camera when out and about but I still have to carry my old still digital camera to get acceptable results

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: tony (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-SR57

 

can not see subject throuh vuefineder in bright daylight.Just my own reflection.

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):1.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH30

Camera

Minimum illumination:6
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Playback zoom (max):Y

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver

Display

Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200

Flash

Built-in Flash: No

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.49
Optical sensor resolution:800000
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):2.5 - 62.5
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:60

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB, Multi AV
Fader:Y
Lens focal range:2.5-62.5
Lens system:Carl Zeiss
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:HDD, Memory Stick
Metering:Spot
Minimum hard disk space:400
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.2
Recording speed:HQ (9Mbps) / SP (6Mbps) / LP (3Mbps)
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Storage

Internal storage capacity:80

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5
Height :6.8
Weight:350
Width:6

White balance

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