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Sony DCR-SX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 reviews of Sony DCR-SX40. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good views, but the viewfinder and reliability get critical comments.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SX40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and size are generally positive. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, image quality, price, size, portability

reliability

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Jager (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony DCR-SX40 review

 

The Sony DCR-SX40 also has 4GB of extra embedded memory and an impressive 60x optical zoom. Compact, stylish and easy to use, it will primarily suit casual users in need of an affordable standard-definition camcorder. The only caveats are its low pixel...

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: TechSmart (techsmart.co.za)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX40E

 
May, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (macworld.co.uk)

Sony DCR-SX40 review

 

Entry-level flash memory camcorder, the Sony DCR-SX40, records standard-definition video to Memory Sticks.

Superior build quality, intuitive user interface, dedicated fool-proof buttons for auto shooting

Standard-definition only, imaging sensor not very impressive, video performance only adequate

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (techworld.com)

Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-SX40 is an entry-level flash memory camcorder that records standard-definition video to Memory Sticks.

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-SX40 flash memory camcorder

 

A standard-definition Sony camcorder with 60x optical zoom and LCD touch screen.

Good build quality, 60x optical zoom, affordable price

Video quality could be better, poor stills mode

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review:

 

The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: techywacky (brighthub.com)

Sony DCR-SX41 Handycam Camcorder Review

 

Released in early 2009, the basic-ranged small capacity camcorder is quite easy to use partly due to its lack of shooting options and due to touchscreen-based menu navigation. But, the DCR-SX41 camcorder, similar to most camcorders in its series,...

The Sony DCR-SX41 camcorder has optical image stabilizing, allowing EVF-like functions but, obviously, no EVF. Motion and on-motion video resolution isn’t too bad, but falls short to other camcorders in a similar price range. There is a minimum 6 lux...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony DCR-SX40 DCR-SX40 Review

 

Consumer review by: KCRyback (sony.com)

Great quality and value

 

This camera lives up to it's name very well, it's one very "Handycam"! This lil camera weighs next to nothing and is a very small unit which makes it very appealing for me because you can take it anywhere to any event and take some very respectable...

Light and compact, very easy to use, smart focusing

none at all

Mar, 2010

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

SONY DCR-SX40 Red 1/8" Advanced HAD CCD Sensor 2.7" 123K Wide Touch Panel LCD 60X Optical Zoom 4GB Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder

 

Very compatible, small and easy to use. Looks great

The battery doesn't work. The first time I tried to charge battery, I couldn't do it. Tried to contact with customer service but couldn't ; If I won't be able to contact customer service today, I will return it

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Sound:Stereo

Camera

Minimum illumination:6

Connections

Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Blue / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Features

Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:0.68 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Optical Zoom:60

Lens/Zoom

Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F6.0
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Focal Length (35mm equiv):39-2340 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):1.8-108 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:60 x
Shutter speeds:1/4-1/40000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):59x53x113 mm
Weight:250 grams
Weight (lb):0.55 lb

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.6 - 6
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 2ch stereo
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/Vista / Windows XP/Vista/2000
Internal Memory:4096 / 8000
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar / Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Power requirements:7.2V
Sports:No / Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/8 inch
Sensor Type:CCD

Settings

Exposure Control:Touch Panel

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 0

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG

Storage

Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
External Memory Type:Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Flash memory:4
Max Supported Memory Size:4 Mb

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
HDV Recording: No
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2
Recording Format:InternalFlash/Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:720x480

Viewfinder

Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3
Height :5.9
Weight:200 / 290
Width:5.3