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Sony HDR-SR11

alaTest has collected and analyzed 749 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but comments are divided on the battery. There are some critical reviews about the features and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, design, color

value for money, reliability, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR11 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-SR11

 

The popularity of hard disk drive standard definition and high-def camcorders continues to climb. Nothing beats the storage capability of a HDD video maker—just think, you can record hour after hour of baby giggles, if that's your thing (and new...

Full HD 1920 x 1080 60GB AVCHD HDD Camcorder

Expensive; weak low-light performance

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR11 is a slightly mixed bag with the ledger heavily weighted to the positive.

Editor's Choice!

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Sony HDR-SR11 60GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

 

stellar audio, Sony's HDR-SR11 High Definition Handycam ($1,099.99 direct), with a built-in 60GB hard drive, will certainly deliver. Sony puts the icing on the cake with a dead-simple interface and extra goodies like Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound...

Excellent image quality. 60GB internal hard drive. High-resolution, touch-screen LCD. Face detection. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

Doesn't include video-editing or Blu-ray-burning software.

Sony's HDR-SR11 camcorder features a 60GB hard drive and delivers dazzling 1080i HD video, along with some cool extra features. But if you don't already own compatible video-editing software, you'll have to add that to its price.

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Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam

 

Touch screen menu is intuitive ; Convenient, sturdy plastic doors protect connection ports from dust ; Works smoothly with the Mac ; Shoots vivid, high-quality video

Still images appear too dark

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR11

 

I used to think that hard-drive models would take over the camcorder market as miniDV slowly faded into the horizon. I've since changed my tune after using flash-based models, especially those that include some onboard memory. However, if you shoot a...

Excellent video and performance; impressive still photos for a camcorder; adequate manual controls; nice CAM CTL dial; docking station included.

No wind filter; doesn't include mini HDMI cable.

Sony's Handycam HDR-SR11 and SR12 60GB hard-drive-based AVCHD camcorders deliver top notch performance and image quality.

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Sony HDR-SR11 Review

 

The Sony HDR-SR11 is a prosumer, mid-range camcorder, geared towards the independent filmmaker and advanced amateur user. This camcorder is part of the line of Sony Handycam camcorders. In this digital camcorder review, we review the pros and cons of...

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Review: Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam HD camcorder

 

The HDR-SR11 HD camcorder is an easy choice for those wishing to jump on the tapeless bandwagon. Sony has all the bases covered: the camcorder is Mac-friendly, sports impressive video quality, and is elegantly designed.

Though a little bulky, the HDR-SR11 rests comfortably in your palm. The weight of the camcorder tends to lean toward the left, so it’s best to hold it with two hands (left hand under the LCD, right hand on the body) to ensure stability. The zoom tab is...

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Very poor quality

 

Never buy Sony again. Very poor quality.

I can't think of any

I paid over $1200 at Costco for this crap in 12/2009. It worked a few weeks, then it would crash in 10 seconds. I paid over $311 to have it repaired by Sony in 7/2010. Then it worked a few days. Now, it wouldn't even turn on with battery or power cord. So

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"Very poor quality"

 

Never buy Sony again. Very poor quality.

I can't think of any.

I paid over $1200 at Costco for this crap in 12/2009. It worked a few weeks, then it would crash in 10 seconds. I paid over $311 to have it repaired by Sony in 7/2010. Then it worked a few days. Now, it wouldn't even turn on with battery or power cord. So

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Beautiful video in HD"

 

A friend and I used it in front of a green sc... 

HD video, Still photo quality, Easy to handle and control

Sound quality is absolutely abysmal. No firewire. Not much in software

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"Beautiful video in HD"

 

A friend and I used it in front of a green screen in both HD and SD. While the quality in SD turned out a little fuzzy, the HD video turned out great.

HD video, Still photo quality, Easy to handle and control

Sound quality is absolutely abysmal. No firewire. Not much in software.

Product Specifications

Shoot video and still photographs like a pro. Sony's HDR-SR11 Handycam camcorder has everything you need for a superior video and photo experience. Its Face Detection technology, made possible by the ClearVid CMOS sensor (with Exmor technology) and BIONZ image processor, helps make sure people look their best in videos and photos. Capture extremely detailed video in Full 1920 x 1080 High Definition resolution, as well as stunning 10.2 megapixel still photos. The camcorder records directly to a built-in 60GB hard drive or your choice of removable Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:3in
Weight:1.2lbs
Width:3.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR11/HDR-SR11E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:58.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.08Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.81Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.66Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.2 mm ( 1/3.1 ) / 8.2 mm ( 1/3.1" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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