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Sony DCR-SX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 245 reviews of Sony DCR-SX40. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the price and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the viewfinder. There are some mixed reviews about the battery and reliability.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SX40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 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. Reviews about the portability and price are generally positive. The size and image quality also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the durability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: techywacky (brighthub.com)

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...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony DCR-SX40

 
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Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

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.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (pcadvisor.co.uk)

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.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: TechSmart (techsmart.co.za)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX40E

 
May, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (macworld.co.uk)

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.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (techworld.com)

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.

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: KCRyback (sonystyle.com)

Great quality and value

 

This camera lives up to it's name very well, it's one very "Handycam"! This lil camera weighs next to nothing and is a very small unit which makes it very appealing for me because you can take it anywhere to any event and take some very respectable...

Light and compact, very easy to use, smart focusing

none at all

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

SONY DCR-SX40 Red 1/8" Advanced HAD CCD Sensor 2.7" 123K Wide Touch Panel LCD 60X Optical Zoom 4GB Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder

 

Very compatible, small and easy to use. Looks great

The battery doesn't work. The first time I tried to charge battery, I couldn't do it. Tried to contact with customer service but couldn't ; If I won't be able to contact customer service today, I will return it

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

SONY DCR-SX40 Red 1/8" Advanced HAD CCD Sensor 2.7" 123K Wide Touch Panel LCD 60X Optical Zoom 4GB Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder

 

Small, looks great

Cannot charge the battery although I followed all instructions in the manual. Tried to contact customer service but couldn't. Tried to contact to Sony technical support too but the technical guy knew nothing about this camcorder to support. Terrible...

Dec, 2009

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