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Sony DCR-SX44E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and image quality. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the resolution and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX44E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SX44E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX44E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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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 DCR-SX44 Flash memory Handycam Camcorder (Blue)Sony DCR-SX44 Flash memory Handycam Camcorder (Red)Sony Handycam DCR-SX44 Battery Charger

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Sony DCR-SX44E review

 

The Sony DCR-SX44 features a 1/8-inch CCD sensor that is packed with 800k pixels. Its ultra compact body still manages to pack a hefty Carl Zeiss 60x optical zoom which is one of the strongest feature for a body this small. Besides, it also came with...

The Sony DCR-SX44 is an Ultra compact camcorder from Sony with an impressive 60x optical zoom. But it shoots below average standard definition video and its ineffective image stabilisation makes it impossible to shoot watchable videos at the tele end.

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Sony DCR-SX44E

 

The flash memory based and ultra compact camcorder, the Sony DCR-SX44E has 60x optical zoom and shoots SD video.

60x optical zoom ; Swiveling screen ; Ultra compact and simple design ; Supports SD card and Memory Stick PRO Duo

Ineffective image stabilization ; Poor color reproduction ; Video lack details and sharpness

Ultra compact camcorder from Sony, the DCR-SX44 has a 60x optical zoom but it shoots below average standard definition video and its ineffective image stabilization makes it impossible to shoot watchable videos at the tele end.

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This Product Sucks

 

This product sucks because it literally caught on fire and Burt my house down

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Loving this little Camcorder

 

I love this little thing. I wanted it for school events and etc. I actually enjoyed watching my daughter's music concert more at home after I had recorded it! I could see nothing from where I was standing, but zooming in, I could watch her every...

Great Price ; Great Colors ; Good video and sound ; Great memory, expandable with an included SD card ; Small size easily fits in my purse ; Charging cord is extra long to give you some movement while charging ; Amazing zoom power

Picture quality is blah, but that isn't what I bought it for

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Loving this little Camcorder

 

I love this little thing. I wanted it for school events and etc. I actually enjoyed watching my daughter's music concert more at home after I had recorded it! I could see nothing from where I was standing, but zooming in, I could watch her every...

Great Price ; Great Colors ; Good video and sound ; Great memory, expandable with an included SD card ; Small size easily fits in my purse ; Charging cord is extra long to give you some movement while charging ; Amazing zoom power

Picture quality is blah, but that isn't what I bought it for

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This camcorder takes great videos - not so with pics

 

This camcorder works really great. Now for those of you who complain about viceo quality several things take into play when you capture the video on the computer. I did a direct plug in into the flat screen and the quality was outstanding. Now when it...

Takes great videos great sound quality - no flutter when you do a quick move as what happens with hd camcorders

The display screen should be upgraded so that it can be seen better in bright sunlight

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Great Camcorder for the Money!

 

Small and lightweight, easy to use, lots of features for the price

Video resolution is average but what do you expect for a camcorder for under 200.00

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This camcorder takes great videos - not so with pics

 

This camcorder works really great. Now for those of you who complain about viceo quality several things take into play when you capture the video on the computer. I did a direct plug in into the flat screen and the quality was outstanding. Now when it...

Takes great videos great sound quality - no flutter when you do a quick move as what happens with hd camcorders

The display screen should be upgraded so that it can be seen better in bright sunlight

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Disappointment coming from Sony.

 

Avoid this camera you will be disappointed. I bought it without researching first because I own a DCR-TRV16E that is several years old but still make excellent videos. Sorry Sony I will not be purchasing your products again the Sony name doesn't equal...

LCD is clear with user friendly touch screen

Unbelievably bad picture/video quality, why Sony would put their name on this product is beyond me. I bought this in Thailand and tried to return it after seeing the picture/video quality but Sony would not accept it back

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Terrible recorded picture quality!!

 

Easily the worst purchase I made in 2010!!

Nicely featured. Well manufactured

Recorded quality is worse than my old mini-dv camcorder

Product Specifications

Boasting a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and powerful 60x optical zoom, the ultra-compact DCR-SX44 Handycam camcorder captures extremely tight shots, even from far away. There's also a convenient built-in LED video light which makes it easier to capture the moment in low-light situations. Boasting a 2.7" touch panel display with excellent viewing clarity and improved resolution (230K pixels), it a breeze to frame your shots. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel also allows easy access to menus.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:2.2in
Weight:6.7oz
Width:2in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SX44
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8 / 1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8 ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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