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Sony DCR-SR100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and portability. The design and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the features. Comments about the memory and value for money are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SR100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR100 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.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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Sony DCR-SR100

 

3.3MP CCD; 30GB HDD; 5.1 Dolby Digital sound; color viewfinder

Colors a bit washed out; no memory card slot; awkward placement of mode dial

Video results in easy mode were good - not great - although much better than the Everio GZ-MG505.

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Sony DCR-SR100

 

Sony's HDD cam delivers MiniDV performance, at least when compression doesn't compromise the picture.

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Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam Camcorder

 

Very good video quality. Includes a viewfinder. Excellent night mode.

Expensive for a hard drive camcorder. Still-image features could be better. Bulky.

The DCR-SR100 30, Sony's first hard drive camcorder, is the best of its kind thus far, but it hasn't attained EC quality yet.

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Sony's DCR-SR100 disk-based camcorder reviewed

 

Remember that hot Sony DCR-SR100 disk-based Handycam we first set eyes to at CES? Yeah, the one with a 30GB hard disk, 3.3 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD, and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound recording -- that one. Well, CamcorderInfo laid...

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Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Review

 

A pattern is emerging. JVC puts a product out on the market, one that everyone wants. The hot new thing. Then Sony, seizing on the opportunity, leapfrogs over JVC with a slightly better version, and takes home the spoils. It happened with high...

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Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-SR100 Hard Drive Camcorder

 

Talk about the whole package, the Sony DCR-SR100 Handycam Camcorder not only captures sharp digital video directly to a 30-gigabyte hard drive, but it also serves as a decent digital still camera as well

Crisp, clear picture Versatile Large Storage Compact design

No headphone jack Limited manual controls Small record button

The Sony DCR-SR100 is an excellent solution for hobbyists, or travelers who want to capture great video and still images without having to bother with a lot of buttons. Being able to store large amounts of video to the 30-gigabyte hard drive is also an...

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Sony DCR-SR100

 

The Sony DCR-SR100 features a single 1/3"Advanced HAD CCD, with 3310K gross pixels. This corresponds to 2050 effective video pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio and 2060 effective video pixels in 16:9 aspect ratio. The provided specs sheet did not indicate how...

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Sony DCR-SR100 30GB Handycam Camcorder

 

Wowza - previously only JVC had a hard drive offering in the camcorder arena, however Sony will be releasing...

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR100

 

There is a bewildering array of camcorder formats on the market at present, ranging from the stalwart tape-based Mini DV right through to flash-based ...

Good quality video and still pictures, easy to use software, lots of features

Large frame, slightly awkward to hold, clunky interface

The Sony DCR-SR100 is one of the first hard disk based camcorders on the market, and demonstrates why the technology is here to stay.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 review

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 is a solid hard-drive-based option, especially if you like Sony's touch-screen interfaces

Superior image quality for a single-chip, MPEG-2 camcorder ; Decent still photos ; Hotshoe for a light or a microphone ; Fluid and fast focus

Too dependent on its touch-screen interface ; Small LCD

Image quality Though the DCR-SR100's 3-megapixel photos are adequate, they have that odd combination of softness and oversharpening that produces edge halos and other disturbing artefacts that appear on close inspection. But they're fine for Web sites,...

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images with the DCR-SR100 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-SR100 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with a 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with the built-in microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 2.7" wide SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel capabilities.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.9in
Height:2.7in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon / Super night mode

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SR100/SR100E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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