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Sony DCR-SR47

alaTest has collected and analyzed 242 reviews of Sony DCR-SR47. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and size. The price and portability also get good views. Many are critical about the control panel, while there are some mixed comments about the image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR47 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR47 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the battery and size are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. The durability and image quality get mixed comments.

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81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 review: Sony Handycam DCR-SR47


The Handycam DCR-SR47 is Sony's entry-level hard-drive-based standard-definition camcorder. The main attractions are its small size, large storage capacity, and megazoom lens. It's also fairly easy to use partly because of the touch-screen-based menu...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; 60GB hard drive; small.

Soft video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If storage amount, zoom range, and easy operation are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SR47.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Misty Faucheux (

DCR-SR47: Great Amateur Video Camcorder


The Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 is great for amateur videographers and YouTube users. While the clips are noisy on high definition screens, it works well on the smaller Internet screen. Professionals should avoid this camcorder. Learn more by reading this...

While as mentioned the video recording comes out fine on the YouTube format, its lower-quality shows when trying to take higher-quality recording. It’s noisy in low-light and not as crisp as higher-priced camcorders. But, for the amateur videographer,...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sony DCR-SR47


Standard-def Sony handycam with 60GB hard drive and a 60x optical zoom.

60GB of inbuilt storage, powerful 60x optical zoom, affordable price

Poor still image mode, noisy low-light performance

The Sony DCR-SR47 is a great standard-definition camcorder that will satisfy most casual users. With oodles of inbuilt storage and a user-friendly 60x optical zoom, it represents great value for money.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR47


If high storage capacity, long zoom range and easy operation are above video quality on your list of needs, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 is well worth a look.

Simple operation ; 60x zoom lens ; 60GB hard drive ; Itty bitty dimensions

Soft video ; Noticeable purple fringing

While it's true that you can get much better video from an HD camcorder, and they needn't cost that much more, standard-definition video is less demanding to play and edit on an average desktop or laptop. With the Sony Handycam DCR-SR47, you're trading...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: E. Yee (

simple to use


hard to beat for the price.

touch screen, great picture, decent (60x) zoom, holds over 20 hrs of footage in sp mode

not hd

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (

Nice Value for no HD..This cam is great for capturing HOURS of video


I like this cam so far so good...I would opp for another battery or a higher rated one..The optional acc bag is really cool and comes with a memory stix..

Great Sound!! Lot's of HD space for recording many hours!! No tape,Cd or memory cards needed. Small and lightwieght. Powerful zoom

Picture snaps are a joke (really low quailty and the button is in a strage spot on the cam) Need's lots of light to capture good video..Not HD...Zoom need's a really steady hand or tripod just like any other cam ; Another con I would say is the Sony...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Pravuil (



A very nice camcorder for the cost if you're shopping. While this was a gift, I would not hesitate purchasing this model if I were looking to buy one.

Received the camera as a Christmas gift. Small. Light. 60GB Hard drive is nice. Reasonably steady filming. Up to now, the battery life is long - this has been a nice surprise. LCD screen is very clear - touch screen ability is nice

Zoom is not crisp and is shaky but no complaints considering it is a handycam-I expect it. The still camera is not ideal, as the pix are not great

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: KBComputerMods (

Great Buy


getting a wide angle lens will make it a lot easier for those close up shots

Great for family use, I use it all the time for youtube, has a good uploading software, I use sony vegas 9.0 for editing

does not pic up light very well, also does not has a good wide angle shot

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: linc2 (

Does what I need it to do!


I purchased this video cam because I wanted something light weight and small enough to carry in my purse. Also, I'm a fan of Sony products.

Quick and easy with great video


Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: linc2 (

Does what I need it to do!


"I purchased this video cam because I wanted something light weight and small enough to carry in my purse. Also, I'm a fan of Sony products. This cam is really user friendly and after reading the instructions I caught on to its many features real...

Quick and easy with great video


Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

Record those special occasions with the DCR-SR47/R Handycam camcorder. A built-in hard disk drive offers extended, hassle-free recording and a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens delivers sharp, high resolution images. For close-ups, you will appreciate a powerful 60x optical zoom. Hybrid technology even allows you to record video to the hard drive or optional Memory Stick Duo media.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH30

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



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.34Megapixel/0.3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
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 (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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 / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Still Image Format:JPEG