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Sony HDR-SR5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and value for money are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good comments, whereas the color and features get critical reviews.

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

battery, viewfinder, features, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 198 reviews)

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 (40GB)

 

If you discount the small touch-screen LCD and lack of an eye-level viewfinder, the SR5 has a perfectly serviceable design. With its shiny silver-and-matte-black duotone body, it lacks the sophistication of the 7-series models, but that's pretty...

Neat face index feature; bundled dock

No eye-level viewfinder; no wind filter; no USB port on camcorder, just on bundled dock; annoying touch-screen interface; cables not ubiquitous yet for mini-HDMI connector

An uninspiring entrant in Sony's HD camcorder lineup, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR5's video quality and performance simply don't deliver for the price.

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Sony HDR-SR5

 

The Sony HD-SR5 is a Flash Media hard drive camcorder that aims to deliver the highest levels of definition available to hard drive camcorders. The ClearVid CMOS sensor and Enhanced Image Processor work to maximize resolution and sensitivity while...

Experts really like the Sony HD-SR5 for its consistency in delivering quality HD images. With additional features to improve upon poor lighting, even footage shot in dark or shady areas is resoundingly clear. Users have like the Sony HD-SR5 for its...

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Camera is ok , software HORRIBLE

 

Camera comes with a program Picture Motion Browser. Its is a nightmare trying to install it on your computer (You cant use the original disk) You have to go to the website and download a utility and the do the update. And without a sony tech its...

Fairly easy to use and small

The software it comes with is ridiculous

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"Camera is ok , software HORRIBLE"

 

Camera comes with a program Picture Motion Browser. Its is a nightmare trying to install it on your computer (You cant use the original disk) You have to go to the website and download a utility and the do the update. And without a sony tech its...

Fairly easy to use and small

The software it comes with is ridiculous

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"Great works on any and all computers"

 

Great camera, gives amateur film makers a hope, and is perfect to capture memories of the family

-great video

-battery life

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Great works on any and all computers

 

Great camera, gives amateur film makers a hope, and is perfect to capture memories of the family

great video ; Great stills ; easy to use, my mother can use it ; I have a 3 year master protection agreement I can get it replaced with the new model at any time if they can't fix it

battery life ; comes with software only compatible with PC (but it still works fine with other software including imovie)

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It DOES work with MAC

 

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

They should state it does work with imovie

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"It DOES work with MAC"

 

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

They should state it does work with imovie

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 (40GB)

 

Great camera, gives amateur film makers a hope, and is perfect to capture memories of the family

great video

battery life

Consumer review by:

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 (40GB)

 

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

Hey everyone, I too thought it didnt work with a MAC but it actually DOES. If you open imovie then the camera will show up on the sidebar there and you can get all the footage off it in HD. then use whatever software you choose to do your editing

They should state it does work with imovie

Product Specifications

Experience the world of high definition with the compact and capable HDR-SR5 high definition Handycam camcorder. Switch between video modes to capture video in HD or SD (standard definition) on the built-in hard drive. Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and 10x optical/80x digital zoom keeps everything close and clear. You can even use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images at the same time as shooting video.

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

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:5.3in/5.5in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs/16.2oz
Width:3in

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 / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR5/HDR-SR5E
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 Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel/2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.43Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/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 (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD/None
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