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Sony HDR-SR8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony HDR-SR8. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The portability and image quality also get good views, but many are negative about the price. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR8 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery. The image quality also gets good opinions. Many are critical about the price and size, and comments are divided on the reliability.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital CamcorderSony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony HDR-SR8 review

 

Is this yet another reason to abandon tape?

Great handling and ergonomics ; Lots of good features and connectivity ; HD clips are excellent in good light

Manual control can be fiddly ; Mic suffers from wind noise ; CMOS creates lower light issues ; Expensive

Despite some niggles, the SR8's HD quality, capacity and ease of use will undoubtedly entice newbies away from digital tape

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker, Macworld (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR8E review

 

The Sony HDR-SR8E is a well built camcorder, with very high built-in storage capacity, that produces high-ish resolution stills - but it is pricey.

The Sony HDR-SR8E delivers an impressively sharp picture, with natural colours, plus its night mode bathes everything in an eerie green light perfect for that ‘slasher’ movie feel. Sound quality is, however, merely adequate.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-SR8E review

 

Sony's crafted the highest capacity HD camcorder with a massive 100GB hard drive. But what else does this sharp shooter offer?

Sony’s set the standard for everyone else to follow, there simply isn’t anything else this easy to use that delivers so well

Nov, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by: Rob Tucker (trustedreviews.com)

Sony HDR-SR8E Camcorder

 

The best hard-disk AVCHD camcorder yet?

When AVCHD first arrived, it was hard to recommend the format to anyone but incurable gadget lovers. Even though it is now more widely compatible with editing software, AVCHD's inferior image quality to HDV precludes it from being the right choice for...

Sep, 2007

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8E

 

Sony's new, pocket sized video camera has a built-in 100GB hard drive that can hold up to 38 hours of HD recordings. It's easy to use and has a series of high-end extras including manual focusing, earphone connection and external microphone, as well as...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR8E Camcorder Review

 

Shoot and store special memories of family and friends, without worrying about tapes and discs thanks to the massive 100GB Hard Disk Drive in this remarkable camcorder.

The pioneering ‘Face Index’ utilises Sony’s Face Detection Technology to make it easy to search ‘people pictures’ within a scene of continuously shot footage. The HDR-SR8E will automatically identify scenes containing faces and will produce thumbnail...

May, 2012

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker, (techworld.com)

Sony HDR-SR8E review

 

The Sony HDR-SR8E is a well built camcorder, with very high built-in storage capacity, that produces high-ish resolution stills - but it is pricey.

The Sony HDR-SR8E delivers an impressively sharp picture, with natural colours, plus its night mode bathes everything in an eerie green light perfect for that ‘slasher' movie feel. Sound quality is, however, merely adequate.

Jun, 2008

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (alphr.com)

Sony HDR-SR8E

 

Sony's been pioneering the consumer market for high-definition camcorders in the UK, and it's adding further momentum with the second-generation HDR-SR8E - its new flagship hard disk AVCHD camcorder.

A fully featured hard disk AVCHD camcorder with plenty of recording space.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: (camuser.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR8

 

Having spearheaded the high-definition video revolution with HDV, Sony is again pushing the technological frontier with its support for AVCHD, the format that uses a very efficient MPEG4 compression system

Great handling and ergonomics, Lots of good features and connectivity, HD clips are excellent in good light

Manual control can be fiddly, Mic suffers from wind noise, CMOS creates lower light issues, Expensive

Despite some niggles, the SR8's HD quality, capacity and ease of use will undoubtedly entice newbies away from digital tape

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR8E [Mac]

 

Whether you're in the market for a new camcorder for that trip of a lifetime or are a newcomer thinking of getting into video blogging, there's plenty of choice when it comes to how (and in which format) you record your home movies.

Jun, 2004

Product Specifications

HDR-SR8E is the ultra-compact, stylishly designed AVCHD HDD Handycam with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, x.v.Color and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. Featuring 100GB HDD, it records 1080i HD movie for up to 38 hours.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
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 Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.4cm
Height:8.1cm
Weight:0.53kg
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

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR8E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:6.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 54
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.3Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
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:Y
Lens focal range:1.8-2.9
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):4.6
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800

Storage

Internal storage capacity:100

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:123200
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.4
Height :8.1
Weight:530
Width:7.5

White balance

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