Sony - Handycam Camcorder with 30GB Hard Disk - Silver
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Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with multilayer coating for increased contrast and reduced glare and flare
3G sensor smart protection utilizes a shock absorber to protect the hard drive from damage when dropped
Super SteadyShot picture stabilization minimizes shake and vibration distortion
Super NightShot Plus infrared system for full-color shooting in low-light conditions
Digital zoom interpolation improves clarity while reducing distortion for extreme close-ups
Scene modes include beach, candle, fireworks, landscape, portrait, snow, sports lesson, spotlight, sunrise and sunset and twilight
Manual focus lets you adjust the focus with the touch panel in difficult shooting situations
Auto, indoor, 1-push and outdoor white balance controls achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions
Picture effects include sepia, monotone and pastel; digital picture effects include old movie; fader effects include black and white
Digital still camera mode captures images at resolutions up to 640 x 480 directly on the internal 30GB hard disk drive or on Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO media
Easy Handycam button locks out more advanced features, making the camera easier to use
Built-in microphone with Dolby Digital AC3 2-channel recording for rich, detailed sound
InfoLithium battery with AccuPower meter system displays how much the battery is charged and the recordable time left in minutes
USB 2.0 interface for easy image transfer; direct printing with any PictBridge-enabled printer without using your PC; DVDirect compatibility allows for direct DVD burning without a PC (DVD burner not included)
Included Handycam station allows you to transfer images to your TV for viewing or your PC for editing while charging the battery; 1-touch DVD-burning button allows for quick DVD creation when the DVD is placed in the Handycam station
Picture Motion Browser v2.0 software lets you easily organize and edit still images and video
- FormatHard drive
- Manual FocusYes
- Number of CCDs1
- Video Resolution1/6" Advanced HAD CCD image sensor; 680K total, 340K effective pixels
- Digital Still Resolution640 x 480
- Audio RecordingYes
- Rechargeable BatteryYes
- AccessoriesPower adapter/in-camera charger (AC-L200), Handycam station, InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FH40), A/V and USB cables, software
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
My First CamcorderPosted .
The Sony Handycam Camcorder, model number DCR-SR42, is a great buy, if you are willing to let go of a couple of things that are not included. This camcorder is the lowest model number in the Sony handycam series and being the lowest means that there may be one or two items not included with the purchase. But before we talk about the cons, lets talk about the pros which are many. For one thing is the ability to transfer your videos or still pictures to your PC and then burning them onto your own DVD's, thanks to the very nifty 30 gigabyte hard drive feature. Of course, if you don't want to burn DVD's, the camcorder comes with an A/V connecting cable which you can use to plug into your DVD or VHS player and view it on your TV screen. One thing I do like about this camcorder is the touch screen, LCD screen which greatly helps out when there's really not enough room on the camcorder itself for more buttons. When using the touch screen, you can play around with features such as choosing the quality of your videos, of course increasing the quality will lower how much recording time you will have tops. For example, the highest quality, referred to as HQ on the screen, will limit you to seven hours of recording time which is still a lot of video. Also raising the quality of your video also lowers your battery life which is shown on the LCD screen and actually counts down in minutes. When you get the camcorder for the first time, it will take only an hour to an hour and a half to fully charge it. One neat feature this camcorder has is the handycam station, which the camcorder rests on when it's charging, connecting it to a PC to transfer information, or to connect to an actual DVD recorder so you wont have to use your PC. The camcorder can also playback a recent video or any other video taken on the LCD screen and the sound from the speaker sounds great, except when the person speaking is speaking softly or is too far away for the microphone to pick up. A very useful feature is the zoom ability. You have a choice to use 40x optical zoom, which is nearly equivalent to binoculars, or two types of digital zoom with powers of 80x and 2000x digital zoom. The touch screen on the LCD screen is not the only feature on the LCD screen. There are actually four physical buttons on the left hardened side of the LCD screen. They are the home button, the two zoom buttons, and the start and stop button. But you'll rarely use them since there is a home button on the touch screen, a start and stop button on the back of the camcorder which is in reach of your thumb, and a zoom lever like button on the top of the camcorder which is in easy access with your middle finger and it's a little cumbersome to use your left hand to use the buttons on the LCD screen. Other features in the camera menus involve making your camcorder shoot in various lighting backgrounds, although it is better to just leave it on the auto adjust unless otherwise needed. One video feature is the ability to go back in time and shoot your videos in old movie style fashion. Just going to your camera options and choosing the option, picture effect, you can use the black and white picture effect of old classic movies or you can use the sepia picture effect which was used for the opening of the movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in which everything was in an orange like hue. There is also a pastel picture effect, but I don't think you will use it, unless you want to see everything in the color of a rainbow, which I don't get. Another feature which I think is very cool is the ability to use the camcorder like a digital camera and all it takes is switching the mode from video to still and using a shutter button right behind the zoom toggle button and it is in very easy reach with your index finger. One feature that I thought was very cool is the ability to shoot your video at night with the help of nightshot plus button which turns on a lighted up infrared image of whatever you are viewing in the darkness of the night. The final feature I want to talk about is the image stabilizer which is very useful when you are recording. What it does is limit the shaking you might do when you are making a video. I think it's time to go into the cons of this camcorder. The cons are few and not really that bad except for one. One con is that this model has a manual lens cover which means when you turn it on, you'll have to pull a lever to open or close the lens cover while better models in the series have an auto lens cover that open and closes when the camcorder is turned on or off. One other con is that this series version doesn't come with a Picture Motion Browser, which is essential to edit and make changes to your videos or pictures when they are one your PC and that is a big hamper on the product. Finally, the last con in this series model is the exclusion of a wireless remote which is essential for easily recording yourself when you have the LCD screen turned towards you. That is one feature that I forgot to mention about this camcorder. The ability to swivel the LCD screen is very useful when you want to see something from a different view. One example is recording your pet dog playing with another dog. Instead of getting down really low to see your dog at eye level, all you have to do is lower your camera at the dogs eye level and turn the LCD screen upwards towards you which makes it a lot easier to view from different angles. Overall, I am very happy with this camcorder and I would recommend it to someone else, but if you want to have everything in one package, then the higher up series is your best buy. That's my review and I hope you have found it useful.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use4 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Hard Drive BasedPosted .
I bought this item used for one reason and one reason only it records video a hard drive. All video camcorders at the time either used disks or tapes this was very expensive. I’ve found until 2015 most recording devices were less then spectacular. This item does the job in well lite rooms and outside. Don’t expect it to wow you. It does pretty much what all video cameras do except you avoid the annoyance of tapes, DVD’s and cards. It’s saved as a video file. This thing is tiny that’s it’s best part you won’t go tiresome from holding it and do much better placing on a pod. I use it mainly to watch my house from windows near door. There a much cheaper route then surveillance systems. I picked mine up for 20 bucks. Home protection units even today are astronomical and the video quality is worse and they need a home base. This doesn’t
FeaturesEase of Use4 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
You Could Make Your Own "Survivorman" Show With ItPosted .
Overall, this is an exceptional camera at this price point. I did what I would consider to be a good deal of research on this, and I feel that I made a good decision. I bought this camera from a local Best Buy, who price-matched the online sale price. The thing I like most about this camera, which is a direct result of having a hard drive instead of tape, is the fact that there is no noise from the drive mechanism that gets recorded. On my older camcorder, the tape drive mechanics made a high-pitched whine that would end up getting recorded along with all the other audio. If the surrounding audio was loud enough, the whine would be overpowered. But in quiet settings, or settings where the camera is far away from the action, the whine would overpower the audio I wanted to record. With this new camera, that doesn't happen. It's very quiet. It's so quiet it's almost unnerving. I love it. I also find the compactness of this camera to be quite useful. It's not unwieldy at all, and makes for easy storage in smaller camera bags. It also makes it very easy to get different types of angels that would otherwise be cumbersome with my older camera. I can hold this camera in ways that allow me to get at eye-level with my younger children, which not only makes for better videos, but thrills the kids to no end (they're always telling me to turn the display panel around so they can see themselves). There are a number of features that are missing that came with my old camera, though. Such as the hotshoe mount, and no built-in camera light. But I never used those anyway. I also don't like the sensitivity of the zoom controls. With my big hands, I brush the zoom controls easily and can activate them when I don't intend to. I find the 2000 digital zoom to be a bit overkill. Once you pass the 40-X optical zoom, the digital zoom becomes more or less useless (at least for me). The Image stabilization does not hold up at this point, so if you must use it, use a tripod. Importing the video from the camera to your computer is pretty simple. I like to use Adobe Premiere CS3, and while that application can import the video with apparent ease, I am having trouble with audio. For the time being, I'll attribute that to my lack of experience with Premiere, or Global Warming, whichever is more convenient. A work-around that I have found so far is to import the raw video to Windows Movie Maker and then publish the video to WMV format. Premiere can take this format in without problems. However, keep in mind that I'm using Windows Vista. I don't know if this work-around will perform as well under XP or any other OS. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, and look forward to many years of use from this little camera. I highly recommend it if you're looking for something that's easy to use, lightweight, and records to a hard drive.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Cant ask for a better cam at this pricePosted .
This is the best camcorder, at this price. It gives decent video quality,audio and the touch screen operation is a delight.It snuggly fits into the hand which helps a lot with good recording.When i compared the zoom of this to the 32X zoom of JVC model,i found the JVC zoom to be superior, but the video quality of Sony is too good.But if you zoom it to max, then the cam becomes too shaky and u have to place it on a tripod to get the normal pic. Some ppl complained that the camcorder is not detected by the pc, Even i got that problem, but really that is not a problem, u have to follow the steps(described in Sony support site) Connect the cam to PC via the USB, put it on the docking station and connect the ac adapter to the docking stn and then switch on the cam and open the lcd and then select the PC, this way you can connect cooly to the PC. This is full worth for your money.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty Decent cameraPosted .
The video itself is pretty good. I really like the touch screen and all the different settings I can tweak if the light in the room isn't right or if I'm taking an outdoor video. The night vision feature is also pretty cool. It really came in handy when I wanted video of my sugar gliders, since they are nocturnal. The one thing that isn't up to par is the camera. The pictures come out pretty grainy. I might be better off using my webcam for pictures than I would this camcorder. Oh, also, the video files it makes are kind of large and I can't seem to play them on regular meda players like Windows or Winamp, I have to use media player classic. However, I found that if I use video editing software (I simply use Roxio) and render it out, it cuts down the file sizes and changes the format (in my case to .wmv), so that I can play it in the other media players. All in all I think it's pretty good if video is what you are after. It's easy to use and easy to put the video on your computer. The only problems I have had are the ones previously mentioned.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good but....Posted .
I bought this camera about 9 months ago. I like that fact that there are no discs or tapes to fool with. Downloading to a computer is also a snap. However, if you want to do video editing, then this is not the camera for you. Researching this, I found that this camera saves the clips in a compressed format on the HD. Trying to edit after downloading distorts the picture, almost ruining the footage. If you just want to download and copy straight to a DVD, then that's not a problem. Hope this helps...No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Messed with it but wife won't let me have it tillPosted .
I just wanted to add that there was a review I didn't agree with. It stated that the camera had no features like sephia etc. I guess this person hasn't played with the camera much but I would like to let him know it has Sephia and all those nice little extras. He just needs to look through the menu screens a bit. I got to turn it on and use it for about a half hour and I was pretty impressed with it but then again I haven't tried to download anything yet, I just plugged it into my TV and zoomed around my room. I feel bad for the man who might have gotten a messed up camera but I think he should give it another chance. I think he will be very pleased once he gets one that isn't broken or maybe he put the camera on Night shot with out realizing it and thats why his video was green. Anyway I look forward to using this little guy and hope I enjoy it as much as I think I will.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great easy to use CamcorderPosted .
I bought this camcorder a couple of weeks ago to film my daughter after she was born. I didnt have time to read the instructions, but the camera was so easy to operate that I was able to make some really good movies of my daughter's first few days. It charged really quick, and the battery lasted quite a while. I really liked the touch screen, it made navagating the menu very fast. The night shot worked fairly well when I used it, you need to make sure your subjects are at least 10 feet or so close to you to make sure you can see them well. I also liked the swivel screen that allows you to flip the screen so it faces the lens so you can be included in shots and see what is actually being recorded. The still pictures are not very high resolution, but they are great for email, or small prints. If you do not have a memory card it will also store the pictures on the hard disk.I would recommend this to a friend