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Sony HDR-SR5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews of Sony HDR-SR5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality also get good feedback. Reviews about the battery and size are different, and some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR5 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and portability. The durability and image quality also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and price. There are some mixed reviews about the battery.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition CamcorderSony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. The viewfinder and size get negative opinions.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

size, viewfinder

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR5 AVCHD 4MP 40GB High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-SR5 AVCHD 4MP 40GB High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR5E Camcorder Review

 

This is the ultimate Handycam; combining stylish design, a light and compact 40GB hard disk drive (HDD), and all the latest Sony technology to produce stunning high-definition videos. Now you can enjoy up to 15 hours of recording without having to...

Despite being packed with technology, the Sony HDR-SR5E is incredibly straightforward to operate. The simple function navigation on the touch-screen and direct playback buttons make it easy to set-up shots and review your footage. The Picture Motion...

May, 2012

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

Sony HDR-SR5E

 

When high definition video first entered the marketplace, it was considered an exclusive luxury that only the rich and privileged could afford. Nowada...

Vibrant picture quality, decent stills mode, 40GB hard drive

AVCHD format incompatible with most DVD players

The Sony HDR-SR5E is an excellent HD HDD camera that offers great value for money. Simply put, it is one of the best models in this price range that we've seen.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 review: Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

Neat face index feature; bundled dock.

No eye-level viewfinder; no wind filter; no USB port on camcorder, just on bundled dock; annoying touch-screen interface; cables not ubiquitous yet for mini-HDMI connector.

An uninspiring entrant in Sony's HD camcorder lineup, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR5's video quality and performance simply don't deliver for the price.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

An uninspiring entrant in Sony's HD camcorder lineup. The Sony Handycam HDR-SR5's video quality and performance simply don't deliver for the price.

Neat Face Index feature ; Bundled dock

No eye-level viewfinder ; No wind filter ; No USB port on camcorder, just on bundled dock ; Annoying touch-screen interface ; Cables not ubiquitous yet for mini-HDMI connector

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 isn't a bad camcorder, but if you're going to spend the money for an HD model -- as well as endure the hassle of dealing with AVCHD video -- you might as well go for one with superior video. You'll have to spend a few hundred...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony HDR-SR5

 

The Sony HD-SR5 is a Flash Media hard drive camcorder that aims to deliver the highest levels of definition available to hard drive camcorders. The ClearVid CMOS sensor and Enhanced Image Processor work to maximize resolution and sensitivity while...

Experts really like the Sony HD-SR5 for its consistency in delivering quality HD images. With additional features to improve upon poor lighting, even footage shot in dark or shady areas is resoundingly clear. Users have like the Sony HD-SR5 for its...

Consumer review by: Jeremi (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-SR5

 

High quality of the movie,touch screen very useful in operation, compact size - easy for carrying and starting up

Reviewer left no comment

Feb, 2008

Consumer review by: Chris (shopzilla.com)

This is the best starting point. Period.

 

HDD Storage. HD/SD selectable. Great picture quality!

No Firewire.

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: sdfdsfsd (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

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Consumer review by: canberra_photographer (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

Terrible device, glad I only tried it instore and analised video quality on laptop before possibly wasting cash on it

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: gsuttor (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

Bought this one duty free on a whim as I was flying out of the country. Decided I didn't really need the larger hard drive or photo resolution of it's big brothers but missed the fact it had no image stabilisation.

Excellent review functions. Worked well in cold temps for a long period of time (on a ski mountain), easy to use

No image stabilisation makes hard work to capture steady imagery on the move. (skiing) ; The zoom control seems to be counter intuitive (reversed IMHO) ; No eye piece? viewfinder means you have to either record blind with the viewfinder closed or have...

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Experience the world of high definition with the compact and capable HDR-SR5 high definition Handycam camcorder. Switch between video modes to capture video in HD or SD (standard definition) on the built-in hard drive. Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and 10x optical/80x digital zoom keeps everything close and clear. You can even use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images at the same time as shooting video.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

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:2

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.5cm/14cm
Height:8.1cm
Weight:0.54kg/460g
Width:7.5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

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:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR5/HDR-SR5E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel/2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.43Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:Y
Fader:Black / White
Lens focal range:1.8-2.9
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):4
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2/MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:80
Faders:Black fader / White fader/White fader / Black fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Sepia / Pastel / Monotone / Old Movie
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor/None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.5
Height :8.1
Weight:460
Width:7.5

White balance

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