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Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 403 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and battery are generally positive. The value for money and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the control panel and features.

usability, image quality, value for money, battery, portability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR12


The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12's big differentiator is its built-in 120GB hard drive, which holds more than 14 hours of video at its highest quality setting. Both the image quality and the storage capacity are impressive, but unless you need to record...

Huge storage capacity ; Excellent video quality

High price tag ; Records only 60i video

The Handycam HDR-SR12 can record over a dozen hours of great-looking AVCHD video onto its 120GB hard drive, but it comes at a hefty price.

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Sony HD Camcorder Is a Gift From the Video Gods


The world of amateur video cameras has become like some sort of nauseating spin on the Zipper. On one end of the spectrum there are the ever-shrinking,

Excellent AVCHD video quality got better this time around. Extra-wide 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD is a big bonus. Outstanding sound quality

Massive internal hard drive makes it somewhat chunky and a bit of a load to carry. The Easy button should be bigger and easier to find. And it should be red. Yeah, red and all glow-y


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Sony HDR-SR12


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 120GB AVCHD HDD Camcorder

Expensive; weak low-light performance

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 is a slightly mixed bag with the ledger heavily weighted to the positive.


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Sony Handycam HDR-SR12


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-SR12 HD


As with most of Sony's products, you will pay a bit extra for the features, high performance and quality that one has come to expect from Sony. But the price is not that much different from the competition, so the HDR-SR12 is still a good value for...

Full HD (1920 X 1280) recording at 16Mbps5.6 MP video, 10.2 MP still image resolution3.2 in LCD touchscreenBuilt-in face recognition technology120GB hard drive with hybrid recording

The Sony HDR-SR12 is Sony's highest-end high definition hard drive camcorde

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Sony HDR-SR12 Camcorder Review


The Sony HDR-SR12 ($1,399 MSRP) is the company's third generation AVCHD camcorder recording to hard disk drive (HDD). The SR12 features a new CMOS sensor and DSP touted by Sony to be the best yet, along with a huge 120GB capacity. It is joined by the...

The Sony HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12 (identical in all things but 60GB and 120GB HDDs, respectively) are great camcorders. This third generation of AVCHD camcorders, including the Canon HF10 and Panasonic HDC-SD9, are finally shedding the poor reputation of...

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Sony HDR-SR12 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Sony HDR-SR12 is Sony's highest end high definition hard drive (HDD) camcorder for 2008. It has an incredible capacity of 120GB. The step-down HDR-SR11 is identical in all respects save the smaller, 60GB HDD. That increased storage takes on new...

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Sony HDR-SR12 Review


The Sony HDR-SR12 is perfect for any video and photo lover. Find out what the HDR-SR12 comes equipped with in the video, photograph, and features categories.

The Sony HDR-SR12 is an impressive camcorder, although it may not be the best option in its price range. Try it before you buy it to make sure this camcorder suits you best. With all the features that this camera includes, though, this is a solid...

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Sony HDR-SR12


The noteworthy performance Sony HDR-SR12 is largely due to the new 1/3.13-inch ClearVID CMOS sensor featuring Exmor technology and the new Bionz processor. These technologies have been in use on some of Sony's professional camcorders and its DSLR...

For all the great intentions with which we buy camcorders, most people rely on Auto mode most of the time rather than getting bogged down with manual controls. Sony has never slouched in this category, offering excellent automatic responses to changes...

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Sony HDR-SR12


The Sony HDR-SR12 ($1,399 MSRP) is the company's third-generation AVCHD camcorder recording to hard disk drive (HDD). The SR12 features a new CMOS sensor and DSP touted by Sony to be the best yet, along with a huge 120GB capacity. It is joined by the...

Product Specifications

Take command and get creative with Sony's HDR-SR12 HDD Handycam camcorder. Capture your memories in HD and relive them years from now in exceptional detail, color and sound. Boasting an impressive 120GB built-in Hard Disk Drive, the HDR-SR12 lets you record up to 48 hours of high definition digital video while its professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens ensures stunning image quality with 12x optical/24x digital zoom, bringing the action closer to you. Capture both video and still digital imagery at the same time without switching modes with its Dual Record Mode function and eliminate blurring from unsteady hands with the Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization system. Expressing a fuller color range than conventional models, HDR-SR12 makes watching home videos more life-like and colorful. With the HDR-SR12 Handycam camcorder in hand, recording life in HD just got more interesting.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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


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


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


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