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Sony Handycam DCR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and portability. The price and zoom are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive comments about the durability.

usability, zoom, price, portability, memory

durability

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

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Expert review by: Andrew Gould (techsmart.co.za)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX40E

 

The slim Handycam SX-series is fashioned on portability and style. The SX-series features a high-magnification 60x zoom lens to capture faraway subjects as well as one-touch disc burn.

You can expand your storage via a Memory Stick PRO Duo slot.

You can only take 4 megapixel stills which is a bit of a let down.

May, 2009

Consumer review by: (tigerdirect.com)

A great camera for the price.

 

I bought this camera for a vacation. So far I have not given it much use but from what I see of it and what little I have used it it seems to be a great deal for the price.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Kenf, (tigerdirect.com)

Great Product

 

I'm still learning to use it, but I got some great video of deer under a yard light at night & a large flock of turkey durning the day. Still have a problem with keeping it on target because it is so light, quite unlike my old VHS that weighs 3 pounds...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Welopez (tigerdirect.com)

Another GREAT PRODUCT!

 

A great price for a feature filled product. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I plan to order a spare battery and carrying bag soon. This videocam will be great for the Caribbean cruise my wife and I have planned for November!

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: steve6250 (tigerdirect.com)

good price

 

work great and easy to use

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: BlackBeltFloyd (tigerdirect.com)

Works great!

 

Great for the price! Recorded my son in the school orchestra on stage. yes it is a little grainy, but picked up the players just fine in the darkened stage.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: ben (tigerdirect.com)

good deal and price

 

got camera for taking video of my sons training in firefighting classes video came out great buy the extended battery you will need it had plenty of memory but bought 32 gig card just in case but did not need it thanks guys

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Bob (tigerdirect.com)

Returned

 

Video looked fuzzy had a lot of good options but if the video sucks it's not for me my sons 100.00 camcorder has better video. I didn't get it from tiger. I have always had good luck with tiger fast shipping and if something is wrong it is fixed fast.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Kaddee (tigerdirect.com)

Great Little Camcorder

 

Was a good price. Takes really good pictures And is easy to use.Haven't downloaded anything yet. But I would recommend this camcorder.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Jbsrls2 (tigerdirect.com)

Great value

 

For the price it takes great video. Easy to use and download digital files. On screen menu is difficult to use for set-up. Had hard time getting response.

Feb, 2012
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Microphone connectivity:

Battery

Battery life (max):61
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV30

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation:Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:3

Design

Colour of product:Black / Silver

Display

Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen:

Flash

Built-in Flash:N
Built-in light:Y
Shoe mounting point:

Focusing

Face detection:Y
Focus adjustment:Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.56
Effective megapixels (movie):0.49
Optical sensor size:1/0.118 / 25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1800
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2223
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 102.6
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Interchangeable lens:N
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:57
Wide angle lens system:

Light exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset

Other features

Backlight:
Integrated USB cable:
Main camera sensor:
Manual Focus:
Power cord included:
Spotlight:
USB port:

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack:Y
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:
HDMI:N
S-Video In:
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Still image resolution(s):

Storage

Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Pro Duo, SD
Internal storage capacity:80

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:9
Full HD:N
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:N / No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3 / 124
Height :6.45 / 65
Weight:270 / 310
Width:5.9 / 59

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y
Onepush white balance:Y
Outdoor white balance:Y
White Balance:Auto