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Sony Handycam DCR SX40/L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SX40/L. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the price and portability are generally positive. The image quality and size are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the battery, while some have doubts about the color and reliability.

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reliability, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SX40/L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR SX40/L

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SX40/L from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the portability and zoom are on the whole positive. The image quality and size also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the battery and reliability.

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Fattydaddy (dell.com)

Great Camera / Minor Negative

 

We bought this camera for our son who's home from college for Christmas break. He absolutely loves it and has been using it alot now that he's back at school. The only thing he doesn't like about it is that it is not compatible with his Mac Laptop....

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Mommyoftwo (dell.com)

Great Product

 

My husband and I purchased this camcorder for ourselves for Chirstmas. The small, compact size of the camcorder is perfect to carry in my purse and capture all our daughters precious moments. The camcorder is VERY easy to use and uploading to my...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Elroy123 (dell.com)

Wonderful Device to bring videos to family

 

I really do appreciate the simplicity and design of this device... It has all the options I would want without bogging me down with technical options. Thank you so much!

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: BrocktonMAUser (dell.com)

So Far So Good!

 

I brought this camera to replace an older DV Camcorder and so far I have been really impress with the size the quick adjustment from camcorder to camera in seconds and the ease of uploading to a PC or DVD.

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: r3girls (dell.com)

Easy to use

 

We bought this handycam for it's ease of use, its small and handy size, and its optical/digital zoom ranges. Our girls swim, and it took wonderful close ups from a distance during the swim meets. The touch screen is easy to use and you can quickly...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Tuna219 (dell.com)

Perfect on the go video camera!

 

The touch screen is nice but the buttons are tiny because of the size of the camera so if you have stubby fingers this may not be the camera for you. Battery life is only about an hour and a half. Would recommend buying a seperate battery to have with...

This is a really good camera for the price. It's small, fits in the palm of your hand. The picture is clear and I love the touch screen. 4 GB internal memory is great

Not that many features, the blue color is darker than advertised, it's dark navy blue not the lighter prettier blue as shown

May, 2009

Consumer review by: VB. Maria (target.com)

"GREAT CAMERA!"

 

I've bought this camera a day ago and I LOVE it! The more you zoom in, little by little its quality reduces, but other then that, great.

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Legz (target.com)

We love this!

 

My husband is in 5 bands and this comes in handy for shows and practices. It also burns to dvd straight from the camera!!! Ultra fast and easy to use. Great pictures awesome sound. Love it.

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: SoUnhappy2 (target.com)

Cannot wait to return this camera

 

I am so disappointed with this camera. Granted it is light, easy to use and the price is friendly. The videos are OK but nothing amazing. The stills are terrible and there is no way to improve them. My cheapo cell phone camera has better quality. There...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: Happy Customer (target.com)

I love it.

 

The sound is great and the video comes out wonderful even in bad lighting. It was easy to turn the video into pictures. It also hold a lot of memory even without a card in it.

May, 2009

Product Specifications

Make the memories last - in style. The ultra-compact DCR-SX40/L handycam camcorder can record video to 4GB of 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

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:6

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SX40/L/SX40/R
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
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.54 - 92.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.0709 - 4.25
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/Red

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

Other Features

Audio Output:Analog
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital Stereo
Auto focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP Service Pack3 (32bit) Windows SP1 (32bit/64bit).
Fader:Black & White
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual focus: Yes
Media types supported:MPEG2
Power consumption (typical):2
Power Requirements:7.2V battery/8.4V AC Adaptor
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:Analog

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PMB Ver.4.2.00.

Ports & interfaces

S-Video out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4 - 1/4000

Storage

Flash memory:4

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.45
Height:2.32
Width:2.09