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Sony DCR-SX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and resolution.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

features, resolution, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SX40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

features, reliability, resolution

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)Sony DCR-SX41 Flash Camcorder w/60x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX41 ( Silver)

 

The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

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Sony DCR-SX41 Handycam Camcorder Review

 

Released in early 2009, the basic-ranged small capacity camcorder is quite easy to use partly due to its lack of shooting options and due to touchscreen-based menu navigation. But, the DCR-SX41 camcorder, similar to most camcorders in its series,...

The Sony DCR-SX41 camcorder has optical image stabilizing, allowing EVF-like functions but, obviously, no EVF. Motion and on-motion video resolution isn’t too bad, but falls short to other camcorders in a similar price range. There is a minimum 6 lux...

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Sony DCR-SX40

 

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Sony DCR-SX40 flash memory camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-SX40 is an entry-level flash memory camcorder that records standard-definition video to Memory Sticks. It also has 4GB of extra embedded ...

Good build quality, 60x optical zoom, affordable price

Video quality could be better, poor stills mode

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

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Sony DCR-SX40 review

 

The Sony DCR-SX40 also has 4GB of extra embedded memory and an impressive 60x optical zoom. Compact, stylish and easy to use, it will primarily suit casual users in need of an affordable standard-definition camcorder. The only caveats are its low pixel...

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX40E

 

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Sony DCR-SX40 review

 

Entry-level flash memory camcorder, the Sony DCR-SX40, records standard-definition video to Memory Sticks.

Superior build quality, intuitive user interface, dedicated fool-proof buttons for auto shooting

Standard-definition only, imaging sensor not very impressive, video performance only adequate

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

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Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-SX40 is an entry-level flash memory camcorder that records standard-definition video to Memory Sticks.

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

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Very disappointed...

 

For years I have trusted the Sony name, which is the main reason for the purchase. I have not even had this camera a year, and already it is inoperable. On Christmas day, of course, the camera broke, I got an error code "e61:10". This error code is...

Very lightweight, compact, touchscreen, easy to use

Breaks very easy, error code e61:10 very common. No flash, not wasy to switch from camera to camcorder

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this is the Best Camcorder I have ever Owned.

 

I Love this Camcorder & I Use It EveryDay, I got this cause The Flip Video Ultra HD Camcorders don't pick up to good in Low Light. & it only have a 2x Zoom & this has a 60X Optical. I can Transfer My Recordings To VHS Tapes. Any one out there thats...

Light Weight, Amazing Video Quality,Sound & Very Good in Low-Light

Still Pictures aren't very good. But i use my digital camera for that anyways

Product Specifications

Make the memories last - in style. The ultra-compact DCR-SX40 Handycam camcorder can record video to embedded memory or handy removable Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens delivers sharp, high resolution images and its 60x optical zoom lets you bring the action closer with impeccable detail.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:2.3in
Weight:8.8oz
Width:2.1in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:4GB/8GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SX40/SX41/SX41/L/SX41/R
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:Blue/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.68Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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

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
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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