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Sony HDR-SR8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Sony HDR-SR8. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and design are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the price. There are some mixed opinions about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR8 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and durability are overall positive. The image quality and design also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the price.

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58% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-SR8E 100GB High Definition Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR8 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the usability and resolution. The image quality and battery also get good feedback.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital CamcorderSony HDR-SR8 AVCHD 6MP 100GB High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-SR7, HDR-SR8 - 37mm High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) - Silver

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Expert Review

 

The Sony HDR-SR8E is a stylish and easy to use HDD camera with a gargantuan 100GB hard drive. It might not be the cheapest model out there, but you definitely get what you pay for.

100GB hard drive, attractive & comfortable design, vibrant picture quality, excellent stills mode

Price, AVCHD format incompatible with most DVD players

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Sony HDR-SR8 review

 

Is this yet another reason to abandon tape?

p>Great handling and ergonomics Lots of good features and connectivity HD clips are excellent in good light</p

p>Manual control can be fiddly Mic suffers from wind noise CMOS creates lower light issues Expensive</p

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Sony HDR-SR8E review

 

The Sony HDR-SR8E is a well built camcorder, with very high built-in storage capacity, that produces high-ish resolution stills - but it is pricey.

The Sony HDR-SR8E delivers an impressively sharp picture, with natural colours, plus its night mode bathes everything in an eerie green light perfect for that ‘slasher’ movie feel. Sound quality is, however, merely adequate.

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Stuff magazine

 

Sony's crafted the highest capacity HD camcorder with a massive 100GB hard drive. But what else does this sharp shooter offer?

Sony’s set the standard for everyone else to follow, there simply isn't anything else this easy to use that delivers so well

Recommended!

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Sony HDR-SR8E Camcorder

 

The best hard-disk AVCHD camcorder yet?

When AVCHD first arrived, it was hard to recommend the format to anyone but incurable gadget lovers. Even though it is now more widely compatible with editing software, AVCHD's inferior image quality to HDV precludes it from being the right choice for...

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR8 review

 

The Sony HDR-SR8 and HDR-SR7, which has a smaller 60GB hard drive, are the Rolls Royce of movie cameras -- feeling like a million dollars, shooting like they're heading for Hollywood and handling like a dream. Tech-heads will need to look elsewhere,...

Top build quality ; Huge storage capacity ; Excellent HD video ; Finger-friendly touchscreen

No HDMI cable included ; Poor battery life ; No manual exposure

Conclusion The advent of AVC-HD recording has given high-definition camcorders a shot in the arm. The Sony HDR-SD8 provides a simple, user-friendly introduction to HD movie-making, without sacrificing video or audio quality. Its colours are among the...

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR8

 

Sony breaks through the 100GB barrier with this range-topping high-def camcorder. Like its SR7 twin, it is highly recommended.

Plenty of output and input options ; Easy to hold steady ; Sharp and vivid video

but you'll need an HD TV and Blu-ray/PS3 to truly get the best ; Manual settings require diving through touchscreen menus ; Mini-HDMI cable not included -- screams of penny pinching

Compared to the tape and mini-DVD based high-def camcorders Sony launched earlier this year, there are only a few minor detail improvements. But we feel that the addition of a high capacity hard-disk to the existing combination of high-def recording,...

EISA Award - Best Product

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Sony Handycam HDR-SR8E

 

Sony's new, pocket sized video camera has a built-in 100GB hard drive that can hold up to 38 hours of HD recordings. It's easy to use and has a series of high-end extras including manual focusing, earphone connection and external microphone, as well as...

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Sony HDR-SR8E Camcorder Review

 

Shoot and store special memories of family and friends, without worrying about tapes and discs thanks to the massive 100GB Hard Disk Drive in this remarkable camcorder.

The pioneering ‘Face Index’ utilises Sony’s Face Detection Technology to make it easy to search ‘people pictures’ within a scene of continuously shot footage. The HDR-SR8E will automatically identify scenes containing faces and will produce thumbnail...

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SONY HDR-SR8E

 

A fully featured hard disk AVCHD camcorder with plenty of recording space

Product Specifications

Life's fast-paced but you don't have to miss any of it with Sony's HDR-SR8 HDD Handycam camcorder. Capture your memories in Full HD and relive them years from now in exceptional detail, color and sound. Boosting an impressive 100GB built-in Hard Disk Drive, the HDR-SR8 lets you record up to 38 hours of high definition digital video while its professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens ensures stunning image quality with 10x optical/20x 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-SR8 makes watching home videos more life-like and colorful. With the HDR-SR8 Handycam camcorder in hand, your precious moments stay suspended in full HD for years to come.

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 Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.7in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs
Width:3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating/Rotating (270
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-SR8/HDR-SR8E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.3Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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