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Sony DCR-SX30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and battery. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the size. Some have doubts about the features and control panel.

usability, portability, value for money, battery, image quality

viewfinder, control panel, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 127 reviews)

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E camcorder is a relatively decent buy if you don't mind foregoing an HD resolution.

Since the control method is via touchscreen, Sony's capable one-touch system is available. This provides either focusing or metering by simply pressing a reference point in the visible frame. Alternatively, both can be set simultaneously via the...

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E review

 

If you're really not ready to make the leap to HD, the Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E's impressive video quality, decent feature set and low price make it a good buy

Useful touchscreen ; Long zoom ; Good colour reproduction

Can't shoot high-definition video ; No direct control over shutter speed ; No headphone or mic sockets

Conclusion At the Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E's current price point, comparable high-definition camcorders, like the Flip Video UltraHD, don't offer anywhere near as much configurability. If you really don't want to make the change to HD yet, the DCR-SX30E...

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Sony DCR-SX30ES Camcorder

 

If your looking for a good camcorder that shoots good video, is pretty small, has good battery life and a large screen but without all the features of a thousand pound camcorder this is the one for you.

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Sony DCR-SX30ER Camcorder

 

The good thing about the Sony DCRSX30ER is that it has a very powerful zoom that makes it so easy to focus on far away objects or zoom out on very near objects without causing blurred images. It also comes with complex and unique editing software,...

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PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E

 

Small, neat and full of useful features, but it's only a standard definition camcorder and that counts significantly against it

Red dot design award!

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Handycam DCR-SX30/SX31/SX40/SX41/SX50/SX60 Flash Memory Camcorder

 

The Handycams in the DCR-SX series have 16 GB of internal memory and a high-capacity rechargeable battery allowing up to 12 hours of recording. The various models are shaped like a cylinder that has been trimmed flat on both sides, giving them a strong...

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Amazon review summary for Sony DCR-SX30

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 39 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, portability, value for money, battery, memory

control panel, features

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX30EL Handycam Camcorder With 4GB Internal Memory (2h 55mins) - BlueSony DCRSX30EB Handycam Camcorder with 4GB Internal Memory (2h 55mins) - SilverSony DCRSX30EL Handycam Camcorder With 4GB Internal Memory (2h 55mins) - Blue

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX30

 

The solid state memory suggests no moving mechanical parts to wear out or become otherwise deranged

The lack of a view finder which one can view in bright light is a serious loss. One cannot focus on the distant object and the screen at the same time. You are able to do this much more easily with a viewfinder ; There is evidence of a dynamic link...

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Fun toy

 

Extremely lightweight, no moving parts, fits right into your pocket. 60x optical zoom. The zoom and portability makes up for the mediocre picture quality. The auto-focus isn't the best, but you can fiddle a bit and adjust it manually. It is not...

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/1.8''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/3
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3500

Recording

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