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SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 377 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. The features and battery get critical reviews. The memory and value for money get mixed comments.

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battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 19 user reviews of SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, image quality, build quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR1 HDD High Definition CamcorderSony HDR-SR1 HDD High Definition Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 user reviews of SONY HDR-SR1/SR1E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, design, portability, color

features

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 2.1 MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 2.1 MG 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-SR1 AVC HD 30GB Hard-Disc Handycam Camcorder + Lenses + Filters + Pro Accessory Kit

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR1

 

A virtual twin of the Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 but with shiny black-plastic accents, the HDR-SR1 delivers essentially the same video but without some of the accompanying media headaches. It too uses the AVCHD format to record 1080i HD video, but on a 30GB...

Hard disk holds about four hours of best-quality HD video; sharp, saturated, low-noise video; excellent build quality; fast, smooth focus with effective image stabilization

Mediocre still photos; frequent motion artifacts in video; lame but necessary bundled software; no windscreen filter for microphone

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR1's combination of hard disk capacity, easy adapatability, great design, and a broad feature set make it the consumer HD model to beat for 2006.

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Sony HDR-SR1 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony HDD

 

The Sony HDR-SR1 represents a huge shift in the camcorder industry, drawing on not one, but two of the most important and emerging trends of the last several years: high definition and hard disk drive storage. The HDR-SR1 utilizes the new AVCHD...

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Sony HDR-SR1

 

In Sonys new line up of AVCHD based Handycams, the HDR-SR1 is probably the model the serious video person would look at as against its sibling, the UX-1. The major difference between the two is media; the SR-1 uses hard disc technology for video...

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR1

 

The New Sony HDR-SR1 offers up to 11 hours worth of videos in high quality 1080i HD resolution. Could this be the ultimate camcorder to own this holiday? Lets find out.

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Sony Handycam Hdr-sr1

 

The Sony Handycam Hdr-sr1 is the beginning of Sony's venture into high-definition camcorder technology. It can record in 1080i or be switched to standard definition. The 30 GB hard drive will hold about four continuous hours in high definition mode. It...

The Sony Handycam Hdr-sr1 is a camera ahead of its time. The high-def video and surround sound audio makes it an electronic to envy and soon this will be the standard all camcorders are held to

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Sony HDR-SR1 review

 

The SR1 combines AVCHD technology with hard-disk recording

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Sony HDR-SR1

 

Sony really seems keen to take the bull by the horns with High Definition and has just rolled out another two models to its line-up of HD camcorders. ...

Excellent video, easy to use, good build quality and features

Microphone not the best, hard drive could be bigger

One of the best Sony camcorders we've seen in a long time, and an excellent choice for anyone who wants High Definition video

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR1 review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR1's combination of hard disk capacity, adapatability, great design and a broad feature set make it the consumer HD model to beat for 2006

Hard disk holds four hours of best-quality HD video ; Sharp, saturated, low-noise video ; Build quality ; Fast, smooth focus ; Effective image stabilisation

Mediocre still photos ; Frequent motion artefacts in video ; Unimpressive but necessary bundled software ; No windscreen filter for microphone

The LCD is easy to view, even in bright sunlight, however in the same light it's hard to see the LEDs which indicate whether you're in video or still mode. As long as you use the eye-level viewfinder and don't spend a lot of time playing back your...

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR1

 

A very attractive high-end consumer camcorder, this is easy to use out-of-the-box, offering great features even if video quality could be better.

Good-quality HD video ; Records in 5.1 Dolby surround sound ; HDMI-out port ; Excellent touchscreen menu and GUI ; Professional manual adjustable ring ; External mic and earpiece ports ; Can store both video and pictures on harddisk

Premium price ; New AVC format lacks editing software ; Needs PC to archive footage when out of space ; Grainy pictures in low light ; Bulky

Making use of a harddisk drive saves a lot of hassle from storing and keeping tapes and discs, though you'll need a PC for when you run out of space. There are many cool features including Dual Recording Mode which lets you shoot pictures as you record...

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Sony HDR-SR1E Camcorder Review

 

Record and enjoy exceptional quality High Definition movies with this stylish and compact camcorder. With a 30GB Hard Disk Drive there's no need to worry about tapes or discs, so you can always shoot on the move.

With a built-in microphone, the Sony HDR-SR1E camcorder records in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound so you can relive your movies with realistic sound. The built-in flash will also ensure you capture perfectly lit footage, which means you can continue...

Product Specifications

The HDR-SR1E captures the AV stream to an integrated 30GB hard disk, which can store up to 11 hours in 5Mbps Long Play mode. Even in the special super-quality XP mode, which involves a stunning 15 Mbps, the hard disk can hold up to 4 hours of HD video. The Smart HDD Protection system makes sure that your cherished memories are safe. In addition to the specially designed physical shock absorbers in the camcorder, the drive itself can detect the sudden acceleration of a fall and instantly auto-parks its heads, preventing them or the platters from being damaged by the impact. Better still, if you are filming, the camera will buffer the stream until the camera is stable and operational again. Do you want to keep your footage on DVD? With a single press of a button you can burn your favorite moments on a DVD and treasure them forever, thanks to the One Touch Burn function.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.5in
Height:3.3in
Weight:1.4lbs/1.6lbs
Width:3.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR1/HDR-SR1E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD/AVCHD / MPEG-2/MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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