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Sony Handycam DCR SR45

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and image quality. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the battery. Many are less positive about the features and resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR45 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR45 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical ZoomV4)SONY DCR-SR45 BUNDLE W/CASE & BAT

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Sony DCR-SR45


The DCR-SR45 is an affordably priced hard disk based-camcorder that records video in 'trusty' standard-definition. It should prove sufficient for begi...

Memory stick slot, 40x optical zoom, offers reasonable value for a HDD-based camcorder

Image quality slightly below par, poor still image mode

The Sony DCR-SR45 is a perfectly serviceable standard-def camcorder provided you only want to do the basics. While budget shoppers are sure to appreciate the user-friendly HDD technology, its image quality unfortunately failed to shine. An adequate...

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45


The Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 has a good design and reasonable feature set for its price, but the video quality doesn't measure up to the rest of the package.

Compact, lightweight build ; Stores video to 30GB hard drive or Memory Stick Pro Duo cards ; Touchscreen

Barely passable standard definition video quality ; No optical image stabilisation despite ultra-long lens ; Windows-only software

Conclusion The Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 is better than most entry-level HDD camcorders. Its compact, lightweight build is great for grab-and-go videos. The 30GB hard drive allows for plenty of storage, plus you can save video and stills to Memory Stick...


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This is an excellent product.


I am a private investigator so I need a product that will give me both still photo's and video. Operates in various weather conditions and environments. The SR45 is light does a great job taking surveillance photo's and video.

Excellent video and still photo's. Easy to operate in all types of conditions

Battery life is not great. Make sure you carry at least two charged backups

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


If you are looking for a small camcorder to film life-events - than this is it! Make sure you get a second battery and perhaps battery charger, as you can only charge batteries when it is in the camera.

Small, easy to use, tons of features

Need some time to get used to the touchscreen.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


I'm overall happy with my selection of this camera.The 30GB hard disk in default mode can take 700 minutes of video,It has nightplus feature and 40x zoom that enabled me to take clear picture of NY skyline. i like the image captured.The stills are also...

Ease of Use, Great Picture quality, High Zoom,Campact light weight and looks good

Low battery life

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


I love this camcorder, besides me my son Tavneet, 11 yrs, is too happy b'coz now he does'nt have to change the dvd after every 25 mins of so, as in the comcorder I had earlier. Thanks to Sony...

Video quality is dam good. Light Weight , small size , I can put it in my trouser's pocket

Low battery life, but hardly matters , I'v got an additional one.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


Sony SR45 is very good camcorder. Light weight. Video quality is excellent. We need not worry about DVD or Minidv cassettes. It has got 30 GB hard drive. We can record continuously for more than 10 hours. It worth for the money. 40x optical zoom is...

Very good video quality. Light weight.

Still photo quality is not so good.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


Sony SR45 is very good handycam. It is very easy to use. Very light weight. Good quality video. Need not carry DVDs or MiniDvs. 30 GB hard disk is more than sufficient. Zoom is very good (40x optical zoom). Only one weakness in this handycam is the...

It is very easy to operate, very light weight. Good quality video.

Still photo quality is not so good.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


This is a GREAT comcorder and I am very happy with this. Zoom is really great. 40x optical is too good. battery life is very nice (~2 hrs with the abttery that comes with it) but you always need a extra battery with any camera / camcorder so you need...

Small, Hard Drive, 2.7 inch LCD, 40x zoom

on off switch works on a little green notch which is a bit annoying, lens opening and closing is manual

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder


I love that I don't have to use mini DVDs or tapes anymore. The picture quality on the screen is great! I love the touch screen operation and the ability to edit my videos easily.

Small compact size

None that I've found

Product Specifications

You're always making memories, why stop capturing them? The DCR-SR45 Handycam camcorder is ready when you are, with a built-in 30GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for storage and up to 20 hours of recording time (LP). A generous 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Monitor keeps all the controls at your fingertips, while a 40x Optical / 2000x Digital Zoom keeps all the action up close and personal. And when it comes time to share your memories, it couldn't be easier than with the One Touch Disc Burn capability and the Memory Stick Duo media slot. The DCR-SR45 brings simplicity back to video sharing.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

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 / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-4.1
Max Focal Length:76mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Optical Zoom:40
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size: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 (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None