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Sony Handycam DCR SR45

alaTest has collected and analyzed 197 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR45. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the price and image quality are overall positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, size, image quality, price

battery, viewfinder

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR SR45

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR45 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Views about the size and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR45 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 review: Sony Handycam DCR-SR45

 

With the popularity of posting low-resolution video to the Web showing no signs of waning, it's easy to see why the Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 exists. It's very easy to use, goes from off to recording in seconds, is small enough to throw in a bag and go,...

Compact, lightweight build; stores video to 30GB hard drive or Memory Stick Pro Duo cards; touch screen.

Barely passable standard-definition video quality; no optical image stabilization despite ultralong lens; Windows-only software.

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.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR45

 

Budget HDD-camcorder with good features for the asking price

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...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

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...

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: parchning (mysears.com)

Small yet dependable!

 

This handy-camcorder only has 30GB harddisk drive but you can also use a sony memory stick as an alternate storage. This camcorder witnessed a lot of my family's happenings in a lot places not just at home. Especially for the memories of my kids...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: daffodils (ciao.com)

Sony Handycam DCR SR45

 

Sony DCR-SR45E and SR65E listed before the appearance at basically the same airframe re-design more suitable for one-hand operation. 2.7 "wide hybrid LCD screen on the border with zoom, record button, zoom can be controlled easily. Turning point of the...

Cost-effective higher

Watch out if falling

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: uzzal225 (ciao.com)

Excellent Camera $$$

 

The Sony DCR-SR45 gives you the option to store video and still images on your choice of either its built-in hard disk drive or removable Memory Stick Pro Duo media. With a 2.7-inch wide touch panel LCD display, the DCR-SR45 puts all the controls at...

Good for looking

n/a

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: spirit3903 (ciao.com)

Sony DCR-SR45E performance

 

Size also good portability. Performance, Sony SE45E using a piece of 1 / 8-inch 800,000-pixel CCD, and is equipped with a 40 optical zoom Carl? Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, the viewfinder the use of a piece of 2.7 inches, 16:9 wide-screen hybrid LCD...

Cost-effective higher

Without

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: rumana (ciao.com)

Our mission Sony Handycam DCR SR45

 

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...

all is OK

none

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: javed123 (ciao.com)

Quick review of Sony Handycam DCR SR45

 

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

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: wojiaoxiemiao (ciao.com)

I like sony Handycam DCR SR45

 

Sony DCR-SR45E and SR65E listed before the appearance at basically the same airframe re-design more suitable for one-hand operation. 2.7 "wide hybrid LCD screen on the border with zoom, record button, zoom can be controlled easily. Turning point of the...

Cheap, beautiful appearance

Function too

Apr, 2009

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:4.4in
Height:3in
Weight:12.3oz
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SR45
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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