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Sony DCR-SR47

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and battery are generally positive. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality. Many are negative about the control panel and viewfinder.

usability, portability, value for money, battery, design

viewfinder, control panel

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 (Silver)

 

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.

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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,...

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"Very disappointing."

 

I got the camera as I was beginning to record in wide screen. Even at HQ, the imagery is fuzzy and shooting "anamorphic" in my old digital8 actually produces a significantly better picture. Now that I shoot HiDef, I try on occasion to use it as a...

Can store a lot of video.

Even at HQ, the imagery is always unacceptably fuzzy.

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"Good camcorder, but does it have issues?"

 

I purchased this camcorder in June 2009. Less than a month later, I was filming video and it suddenly malfunctioned. The messages I got were "Buffer Overflow," "Unable to access HDD," after which it would go to "Data Recovery." I could only record for...

Easy menu navigation, attractive design, overall picture quality (when in HQ--see below).

None signficant, unless what happened to me happens to you! (see below)

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Good camcorder, but does it have issues?

 

I purchased this camcorder in June 2009. Less than a month later, I was filming video and it suddenly malfunctioned. The messages I got were "Buffer Overflow," "Unable to access HDD," after which it would go to "Data Recovery." I could only record for...

Easy menu navigation, attractive design, overall picture quality (when in HQ--see below)

None signficant, unless what happened to me happens to you! (see below)

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"Started off good, then ended very poorly!!!!"

 

Captured great pictures, vidoes were good until.....

Followed the dirctions and attempted to upload the pictures.....HDD format error.....It appears that all of the summer vacation pictures are lost. Emailed Sony, I highly doubt they will be able to assist this matter, still waiting for a response

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"God's Blessing!"

 

If you are looking for camcorder, I think you need to consider this.

Great zoom, size and storage! Although the video quality is not that excellent for other people but for me...it is wonderful! It is just right for the price. If you are looking for good quality video of course you need to buy the expensive one.

There's nothing I can think of.

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"God's Blessing!"

 

If you are looking for camcorder, I think you... 

Great zoom, size and storage! Although the video quality is not that excellent for other people but for me...it is wonderful! It is just right for the price. If you are looking for good quality video of course you need to buy the expensive one

There's nothing I can think of

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"Lost ALL my video to HSS FORMAT ERROR"

 

It you want to preserve your memories, don't ... 

It was eay to carry, easy to use

Went to dowload the video off the camera AND my father in law's camera (same model) followed instructions, received HDD format error both times on both cameras. What are the odds? Lost all the video of my sons first year on both cameras

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Lost ALL my video to HSS FORMAT ERROR

 

It you want to preserve your memories, don't buy this camera. the HDD is too sensitive and unreliable. Updated on Mar 21, 2010

It was eay to carry, easy to use

Went to dowload the video off the camera AND my father in law's camera (same model) followed instructions, received HDD format error both times on both cameras. What are the odds? Lost all the video of my sons first year on both cameras

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:2.7in
Weight:10.6oz
Width:2.4in

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:SR47/SR47/L/SR47/R/SR47E/SR47ER
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Red/Silver

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
Type:Camcorder
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