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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33. 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. Reviewers really like the battery and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the color.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the battery and price. The portability and image quality also get good opinions, whereas many are negative about the color.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery


98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - BlueSony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - Blue

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: John (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Not really into video, but on a recent trip to china I found it very easy to use, especially being able to switch between video and stills

Reviewer left no comment

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: boo69 (

good value


purchased for this summer holidays, found camcorder easy to use. picture play back onto pc and tv quality not good as expected but o.k for unprofessional use. light mode in dark conditions was a good extra to have.

cheep and easy to use small and compact

picture play back quality average

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: eamesmodern (

No brainer purchase


I have been looking around for a quality camcorder for some time and while I would like to have gone for a full HD version, they don't seem to be coming down in price very quickly & my budget wouldn't really stretch that far. Having read a few reviews...

price, quality sony brand, features, weight, looks

May, 2010

Consumer review by: starlight (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX33E


It's been awhile since I had a handycam. The last one I got was four or five years ago. I can't remember the exact series but the brand was JVC. I was so disappointed with it and got hooked with buying ordinary digital camera's instead. But since this...

I’m only having a hard time looking for a handycam case here due to it’s small size. It would have been great if the package came with other accessories. And one more thing also, when I tried to plug it on a old model Sony TV, no picture or sounds came...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

60x optical zoom with SteadyShot Recording on memory card Face detection 800k CCD sensor SteadyShot 6.7cm/2.7" wide clear photo LCD Power on by LCD Video light Direct copy DVDirect express compatibility Stereo sound Face index and film roll index Works with iMovie


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FV30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:3
Progressive Scan: No


Colour of product:Blue

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2 / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Touchscreen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Twilight portrait / Portrait mode / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise


Built-in Flash: No


Face detection: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44 - 2640
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:490Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Black / White
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.8
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:White fader / Black fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.5

White balance

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