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Sony DCR-SR47

alaTest has collected and analyzed 445 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder.

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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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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SR47

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR47 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR47 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Blue)Sony DCR-SR47 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Red)Sony DCR-SR47 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Silver)

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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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Sony DCR-SR47

 

With vendors clamouring to outdo one another with fancy Full HD 1080p camcorders, it's easy to forget that standard-definition models are still alive ...

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.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 review

 

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

Simple operation ; 60x zoom lens ; 60GB hard drive ; Small size

Soft video ; Noticeable purple fringing

Overall video quality is very soft. The only time a somewhat sharp picture was obtained was in 'tele macro' mode. Clips also display significant noise and digital artefacts until you scale down to YouTube-sized dimensions. This includes noticeable...

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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...

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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.

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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