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Sony Handycam DCR SR300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and battery. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but there are some less positive comments about the reliability and color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR300 (40GB)


Viewfinders have become an endangered species in the camcorder world. More and more, as is the case with Sony's Handycam DCR-SR300 hard-drive-based camcorder, we're seeing manufacturers remove viewfinders from models geared toward the mass market....

The Sony DCR-SR300 digital camcorder has a nice 10x optical zoom lens; effective hybrid image stabilization; a hot shoe for optional accessories.

Compression artifacts mar otherwise nice video; no viewfinder; awkward touch screen interface; somewhat pricey given its image quality; no minijack mic input.

The Sony DCR-SR300 digital camcorder should appeal to casual, snapshooter-type videographers, but it's somewhat pricey, since its video quality still can't match better MiniDV camcorders.

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Sony DCR-SR300 Camcorder Review


Sony's DCR-SR100 was one of the best camcorders of 2006, and it was an auspicious sign of things to come at Sony. Until that camcorder, JVC's Everio line monopolized the consumer HDD space. The SR100 changed all that, combining image quality and...

The Sony DCR-SR300 is a great standard definition camcorder to be sure, and at the beginning of 2006, when its predecessor was released, it would have made us swoon. The 1/2.9" ClearVID CMOS sensor produces an image very similar in quality to the SR100...

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Sony DCR-SR300 First Impressions Review


The Sony DCR-SR300 is the top hard disk drive (HDD) standard definition camcorder from Sony this year and close kin to its step-down sibling, the DCR-SR200. These camcorders replace one of our favorites from 2006, the DCR-SR100. The SR300 is equipped...

In the end, the DCR-SR300 takes the top rank of standard definition HDD camcorders for Sony this year. It includes a better imager than any of them whose video performance might be worth the price increase over the DCR-SR200. The only drawback the...


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Sony DCR-SR300


The DCR-SR300 is Sony's top-of-the-line standard definition hard disk drive (HDD) camcorder this year. Its predecessor, the DCR-SR100, was a big favorite with its crisp video and supreme ease of use. This year, Sony tried to up the ante with an...

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Sony DCR-SR300


The DCR-SR300 comes equipped with the best imaging feature set that Sony offers this year: a 1/2.9 ClearVID CMOS sensor, which has a gross pixel count of 3,200,000 (effective pixel count 2,280,000 in 16:9; and 1,710,000 pixels in 4:3). The ClearVID...

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Sony Handycam Dcr-sr300


The Sony Handycam Dcr-sr300 is an easy to use, reliable hard drive camcorder that won't steer you wrong (they don't call it "Handycam" for no reason). The beauty of Hard Drive camcorders is they don't require any additional media to record, just grab...

The Sony Handycam Dcr-sr300 is appropriately named; critics and users alike find this hard drive digital camera great for everyday users that simply want a decent camcorder at a reasonable price

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"Dissapointing after warrenty runs out"


Camera was good for one year. Screen was a bit touchy. One month after the warrenty was over, screen started scrolling and eventually went to black. $400 to fix. Not good.

Good quality images, easy to use

Edges sometimes have color spill

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Dissapointing after warrenty runs out


Camera was good for one year. Screen was a bit touchy. One month after the warrenty was over, screen started scrolling and eventually went to black. $400 to fix. Not good.

Good quality images, easy to use

Edges sometimes have color spill

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"Not very happy"


Unable to use with Final Cut.*

easy to use

no firewire

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Not very happy


Unable to use with Final Cut.* Not compatible with my mac. No firewire Good for amateurs

easy to use

no firewire

Product Specifications

Take the next step in home video recording with the DCR-SR300C Handycam camcorder. The internal 100GB hard disk drive stores up to 70 hours of video (LP) and easily transfers it to your PC, giving you the freedom to capture more video, easier than ever before. And, you can take amazing 6.1 megapixel still images when you're not shooting video. The 3 megapixel ClearVid CMOS Sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 10x optical/20x digital zoom provide outstanding image quality. And Super SteadyShot optical stabilization reduces blur, giving you crisper pictures. Connect the camcorder to a Handycam Station and you'll be impressed by a new level of multimedia sharing that allows you to download and share video with a TV or PC via a number of interface ports. Or just hit one button and the one touch disc burning transfers your footage to DVD. The DCR-SR300C is more than a camcorder, it's the future of home video recording.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.04Megapixel/3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.28Mpix/2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"/1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )/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: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monochrome / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD/None