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Sony Handycam DCR-SR68

alaTest has collected and analyzed 242 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SR68. 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. People really like the zoom and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas the connectivity and viewfinder get negative reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, size, zoom

reliability, viewfinder, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR-SR68

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the zoom and price. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas the viewfinder and design get mixed comments. Many are less positive about the reliability and image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

image quality, reliability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR68 80GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam CamcorderSony DCR-SR68 80GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 review

 

The Handycam DCR-SR68 is Sony's entry-level hard-drive-based standard-definition camcorder. The main attractions are its small size, large storage capacity, and megazoom lens, all at a sub-$350 price. It's also fairly easy to use out of the box;...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; 80GB hard drive; small.

Soft, noisy video; noticeable fringing on subjects; image stabilization is electronic only; no mic or headphone jacks.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SR68 (and larger-capacity SR88) offers up ample storage and a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

May, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 Review

 

Sony has made a respectable standard-definition digital video hard drive camcorder with the DCR-SR68 . It records quality video, the stills look good despite a lower resolution and the extra features help it overcome the lack of high definition. This...

A nice 60x optical zoom, a great LCD and face detection technology are among the highlights.

The 80GB hard drive is somewhat small, and it can’t record in high definition.

Overall, the Sony DCR-SR68 is an average-quality DV hard drive camcorder with a number of good features.

Expert review by: Sandeep Balachandran (tech.firstpost.com)

Sony DCR-SR68E - Tech2

 

A compact camcorder with a nice and chunky storage space.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 review

 

The Handycam DCR-SR68 is Sony's entry-level hard-drive-based standard-definition camcorder. The main attractions are its small size, large storage capacity, and megazoom lens, all at a sub-$350 price. It's also fairly easy to use out of the box;...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; 80GB hard drive; small.

Soft, noisy video; noticeable fringing on subjects; image stabilization is electronic only; no mic or headphone jacks.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SR68 (and larger-capacity SR88) offers up ample storage and a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

May, 2010

Expert review by: Jayesh Limaye (techtree.com)

Sony DCR-SR68E: SD Camcorder

 

SD camcorder with an 80 GB hard drive inside

Compact, SD recording, good price, swivel touchscreen controls, excellent build, very light, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom motor, good battery life, SteadyShot, Face Detection, Tele Macro, Zoom mic

Image quality, mirror-like touchscreen, no optical viewfinder, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use, awkwardly placed USB port, no headphone jack

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: philipfm (cnet.com)

Very Easy to Use

 

I recommend you practice with any camera you buy before using it for real. Seems to me some reviewers didn't do this.

Received this as a gift. Was hesitant to take to Italy because it't not a HD unit. However I was pleasantly surprised how good the videos are. The hard drive is large enough to handle most vacations without worrying about the SD card.

The still photos are OK but it was easier to carry a small megapixel or phone camera for best results.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: annettescraps (cnet.com)

Used it once. I get better video from my camera.

 

small, that's it.

Everything else!

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: epicthesecond (cnet.com)

Please, read on! Important stuff here!

 

People have been giving negative reviews from "stupid" things like "Picture quality is poor/grainy" well, this is a CAMCORDER! Camcorders take VIDEO! Also you dont NEED to use PMB, just extract your files from the camera's HD directly! Love this since...

Lightweight (not a lot, just makes it seem like more quality ;) ) Great quality VIDEO! (Read summary) Loads of features like bright video light, touchscreen, high zoom, large capacity HD and more!

Could have a better battery life with the battery that comes with it. Thats about it... Zoom has a very small noise (hard to notice, but it's there!)

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: bigfoot (tigerdirect.com)

Nice unit for the price

 

Unit works well and does all that is expected. The only drawback is in close quarters it would be nice to have a wide angle. I deal in realestste and need to capture an entire room. This camera is not able to do that. Mike

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: GPOP (sony.com)

DCR-SR68

 

After reading some of the reviews before I bought this camera wasn't sure it was the right one for what I wanted to do with it, but so far I haven't found anything negative about it.

Easy to use and lightweight

Standard battery life ok but bought extra battery with extended life

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications

Capture and store your memories directly to the hard disk drive with the DCR-SR68 Handycam camcorder. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens delivers high-resolution images, while a 60x optical/2000x digital zoom lets you record close-up action from a distance. Equipped with Face Detection technology, capturing faces is a cinch. In addition to built-in video light, this camcorder has a vibrant 2.7" touch panel display (measured diagonally) which rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles.

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV30

Camcorder Features

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

Design

Color of product:Blue / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Memory Card/Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick Duo / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.2in
Height:2.6in
Weight:9.9oz
Width:2.2in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:720 x 480

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:Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise/Sunrise / Snow / Beach / Candle / Sunset / Twilight mode / Fireworks / Twilight portrait / Portrait mode / Landscape

Flash

Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light:Y

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SR68
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.54 - 92.1
Digital Zoom:2000
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.54 - 92.1
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.34Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8 / 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)

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/Vista/7
Flash:LED Video Light
Internal memory:80000
Lens system:Carl Zeiss 60x / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/500

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:80

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader/White fader / Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Hard disk drive / Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.53
Height:2.56
Weight:9.88
Width:2.2