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Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E. 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 size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed reviews on the control panel and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, durability

memory

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MPSony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MP

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The price and image quality also get good comments, but opinions are divided on the portability. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, image quality, price, durability, design

color, memory, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomSony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12's big differentiator is its built-in 120GB hard drive, which holds more than 14 hours of video at its highest quality setting. Both the image quality and the storage capacity are impressive, but unless you need to record...

Although the Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 is a very good HD camcorder, it costs far more than HD camcorders that deliver similar quality and features. The key question for potential buyers is whether massive storage capacity and great-quality video hold...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-SR12E review

 

Want to shoot 15 hours of Full HD video at a stretch? You'll be needing Sony's 120GB camcording beast then, wont you?

The marker has been laid down. Sony's pulled off another AVCHD stunner that will be hard to beat this year

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR12E review

 

There are smaller, better-performing camcorders in this group but nothing as desirable as the HDR-SR12E. It looks incredible and feels tough, but it's the large 3.2in LCD that got us really excited.

May, 2008

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The HDR-SR12E is the latest HD camcorder to join Sony's hard disk-based range - and we like it!

The HDR-SR12E exudes quality. It has Sony's characteristically solid build and is packed with clever design features. We still love Canon's HF10 for its smaller size, lower price and use of convenient flash memory. It also has a few more manual...

May, 2008

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

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

A very attractive HD video camera with lots of recording space thanks to the 120GB hard-disk.

Attractive look, 120GB hard-disk space.

Not much really, although it is expensive, but one expects that.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (techworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 can record over a dozen hours of great-looking AVCHD video onto its 120GB hard drive, but it comes at a hefty price.

Although the Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 is a very good HD camcorder, it costs far more than HD camcorders that deliver similar quality and features. The key question for potential buyers is whether massive storage capacity and great-quality video hold...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The Sony HDR-SR12E is a full HD video recorder with a high bit rate at 16Mbps that can take up to 48 hours of video recording. It contains a 120 GB hard drive and is fitted with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom. Users also get to...

A stomping great video monster that packs more memory than a herd of elephants into a beautifully crafted shell lighter than an aardvark (as long as aardvarks weighs 561g or more). Pure class. Sony HDR-SR12E has no tags.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (macuser.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD Camcorder

 

As AVCHD grabs an increasing share of the HD camcorder market, it's encouraging to see Sony providing the HDR-SR12 with a microphone input and dedicated headphone output, in addition to enabling full specification 1920 x 1080i high-definition video...

What is strange, however, is Sony's continued use of only 50i interlaced frame scanning rather than the 25p progressive frame scan preferred by more discriminating users. It's a key feature that other makers - Canon and Panasonic, in particular - have...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: CB (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD High Definition Camcorder

 

Sony's impressive HD cam has pretty much everything a serious user might need - great handling, dual-media recording, HDMI, mic input, headphone output and a viewfinder as well as touch-screen LCD. So why the absense of a 1080p Progressive mode?

The HDR-SR12 (like is lesser-endowed SR11 sibling) is a fabulous HD camcorder that generates hugely impressive full-specification 1920x1080 HD video pictures using the revolutionary AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) compression system. Switch off the auto mode...

Jun, 2008

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

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The hard disk-based HDR-SR12E is the star attraction of Sony's 2008 handycam line-up. With its huge 120GB capacity and maximum video resolution of 192...

120GB inbuilt hard drive, memory stick slot for additional recording, vibrant high-definition video quality, 10.1Mp stills mode, solid picture quality in dim lighting

Price

The HDR-SR12E may be a little more expensive than most of its rivals, but it represents a bargain nonetheless. It ticks all the major boxes that make a great camcorder; including superb image quality and ease-of-use.

Apr, 2008

Product Specifications

The HDR-SR12E offers best ever picture quality with Full HD 1920x1080 video shooting and still photos up to 10 megapixels. High capacity 120GB hard disk drive records video for up to 48 hours. It also has a Face-Detection function for automatically beautiful pictures plus easy-to-use features for shooting and sharing your memories.

Audio

Audio Dubbing:N
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Y

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:7.6cm
Weight:0.56kg
Width:8.3cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.13 / 81.3

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash

Built-in Flash:Y / Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR12E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):3810000
Optical sensor resolution:5560000
Optical sensor size:1/0.122
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10 / 10.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 480
Focal length range (f-f):4.9 - 58.8
Image stabilizer:Y
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:58.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.08Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.81Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.66Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.2 mm ( 1/3.1" ) / 8.2 mm ( 1/3.1 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Fader:Y
Lens focal range:1.8 - 3.1
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y
Pastel:Y
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Power requirements:4.3 - 4.5 W
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Spotlight:Y
Twilight:Y
Video Out:1 / SD, HD

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port:N
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/3 - 1/425

Storage

Internal storage capacity:120

Video

Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123200
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 138
Height :7.6 / 76
Weight:560
Width:8.3 / 83

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes