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Sony DCR-SR80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews of Sony DCR-SR80. 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 size and zoom. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SR80

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR80 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. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and durability.

usability, portability, zoom, image quality, battery

durability, reliability

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR80 60GB 1MP Hard Disk Drive Handycam with 12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR80 60GB 1MP Hard Disk Drive Handycam with 12x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-SR80

 

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR80 review: Sony Handycam DCR-SR80

 

One of the biggest first decisions to make right now when buying a camcorder is whether to get one that records to MiniDV, to mini DVDs, or to a hard drive. MiniDV, and mini DVDs offer great value for the money and convenience with home DVD players,...

Impressive image quality for a single-chip, MPEG-2 camcorder; decent still images; hotshoe for light or microphone; fast focus.

Too dependent on touch-screen interface; small LCD.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SR80 is a respectable hard-drive-based camcorder if you don't mind its touch-screen interface.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-SR80 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-SR80 ($800 MSRP) sits at the top of Sony's new mid-priced hard disk drive (HDD) camcorder line. The budget follow-ups to the beloved DCR-SR100, this camcorder, along with the DCR-SR40 and SR60 are poised to knock JVC out of pole position in the...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: 411Team Specialist (my411family.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR80 Camcorder Review

 

The built-in hard drive on this camcorder comes in handy. It is a very nice thing to not have to carry around empty discs or cassettes. Since the memory is all inside of the camcorder you'll never have to buy any kind of external memory source for the...

The Handycam DCR-SR80 is bit expensive, but anything of quality is. This is a very good camera with a good video quality. The unit and touch-screen are kind of small, but if that is the worst thing about the camera, then that isn't very bad. The best...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony Handycam Dcr-sr80

 

The Sony DCR-SR80 hard drive camcorder makes a strong argument for itself. Coming equipped with a 60GB hard drive, the Sony DCR-SR580 can record nearly 15 hours of video at its highest resolution, while lower settings can yield upwards of 20 hours....

The Sony DCR-SR80 hard drive camcorder makes a strong argument for itself. Coming equipped with a 60GB hard drive, the Sony DCR-SR580 can record nearly 15 hours of video at its highest resolution, while lower settings can yield upwards of 20 hours....

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCRSR80

 

Sony has recently quadrupled the size of its hard disk based Handycam series, and the DCRSR80 sits atop the range of new models. With a 60GB hard driv...

Compression free video footage, lightweight, compact

Fringing, poor quality stills, lacks manual controls

A good bet for the casual user.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Philip Ryan, CNET.com (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR80

 

sony handycam dcr-sr80 review: Sony's Handycam DCR-SR80 is a respectable hard-drive-based camcorder if you don't mind its touchscreen interface.

Impressive image quality for a single-chip, MPEG-2 camcorder, Decent still images, Hotshoe for light or microphone, Fast focus

Too dependent on touch-screen interface, Small LCD

Sony's Handycam DCR-SR80 is a respectable hard-drive-based camcorder if you don't mind its touchscreen interface.

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Cloud_Strife (newegg.com)

One word can describe this camera... WOW!

 

look at it this way this camera is only $100 more then a dvd cam and you dont have to play the dvd shuffle. for taping long events like a race you wont have to stop and change disk. which is sweet!

Is weird having a camera that capacity will outlast 3 batteries and i mean that in a good way. its wonderful not having to change dvd every hour. or wondering if i brought enough disk. with this camerea your only limited to your battery capacity. Lcd...

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Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: GMRsMom (viewpoints.com)

Excellent, easy to use camcorder ”

 

After the birth of my son, we decided we wanted to get a camcorder. The biggest thing was finding one that would be easy to use for the non-tech savvy. I also wanted something that could take still shots as well as video. I did a ton of research and...

May, 2008

Consumer review by: bill (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR80

 

Simple to use

Great picture quality ; very compact ; Takes great still photos

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Apr, 2007
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Product Specifications

Shoot your next big event without tapes or DVDs and record directly to hard drive. Housing a 60GB Hard Disk Drive, the DCR-SR80 captures up to 40 hours of brilliant, high-quality video. The DCR-SR80 houses a 60GB Hard Disk Drive that stores up to 40 hours of high-quality videos in standard 4: 3 and 16: 9 widescreen formats. With 12x Optical/800x Digital Zoom and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, everything will be as clear as you remember it. Plus, sharing everything you've captured with family, colleagues and friends has never been easier with One Touch DVD Burn capabilities. You can burn directly from the camcorder or the Handycam Station cradle. Additionally, you can connect to a DVDirect burner to create DVDs without having to connect to a PC.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

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

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.6in
Height:2.7in
Weight:14.1oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

General Features

3D: No
Format:HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SR80
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1070Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder