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Sony Handycam DCR SR87

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR87. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The portability and zoom are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the price.

usability, zoom, portability, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR87 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR87 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the image quality and design are overall positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, design, image quality

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR87 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® CamcorderSony DCR-SR87 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder

Mar, 2019

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Sony DCR-SR87


If you're in the market for a digital camcorder, give the Sony DCR-SR87 a look. It's built-in 80GB hard drive makes it a bit larger than some of the compact units available, but the convenience it offers is hard to beat. The 25X zoom with optical...

19 hours storage at maximum quality, 56 hours standard1.07 megapixel CCD sensor2.7 inch touch panel LCD display80GB hard drive

Currently the price is a bit on the high side

The Sony DCR-SR87 is a new hard drive digital camcorder from Sony. It...

Feb, 2010

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Where's The Remote??? Nighshot???


"I used to love Sony products. They still make one of the best TV's out there and their camcorders have always been excellent. The DCR-SR87 misses the gate with a flawed design in that there is no remote (self-video) and it stinks at night or dawn. I...


No Remote. No Nightshot

May, 2009

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Good camcorder, but not enough


"The camcorder is really good, but there is a couple of things that sony forgot: There is no nightshot video lens, you cant use it at night. If you use a usb cable to transfer the video direct to your computer, the date and time dont show on the...

Small, Light and easy for travel

No Nightshot, No remote control

May, 2009

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DCR-SR87 HDD Does It Great


"I have never used a camcorder before. My main purpose for this purchase was two fold. One, a great way to capture my grandchildren growing up and just as importantly was I needed a camera as well with ZOOM capabilities. This product fit the bill with...

EASY button makes taking pics a snap as well as video

None I can think of except in the browser, I can't find where to rename a picture (YET)

May, 2009

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Design Flaw


"This camcorder would be perfect except Sony designers did not think to include the convenience of the remote commander device. It allows the user to operate the camcorder from a distance. It's included with other Sony camcorders, why not this model? 9...

No remote device

Mar, 2009

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Sony DCR-SR87


Type of hard disk video digital camera CCD photographic device components Photographic device number 1 Photographic image editor/size six inches Optical zoom multiple optical zoom multiple optical zoom camcorders of optical zoom depend on optical lens...

Optical zoom multiple optical zoom multiple optical zoom camcorders of optical zoom depend on opti

but it will drop the definition, a bit like VCD or DVD of complex modulation ZOOM function

Apr, 2009

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Great Camcoder for your unforgetable memories


Consider to buy it because Sony DCR SR 87 has so many advantages. For a long time I did not have a handycam, I only use my digital camera to record my unforgettable memories, but I begin to think that it is not enough. So I consider to buy a handy cam....

Easy to use


Mar, 2009

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Sony DCR-SR87 Camcorder


One of the gadgets that I can say, I'm really proud to have because of its durability is our Sony DCR-SR87 Camcorder. It's been awhile now when it first came into my hands. My uncle gave this to me as a gift last month. As far as it

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Capture your next big event without tapes or DVDs and record directly to hard drive. The DCR-SR87 Handycam camcorder contains a hard disk drive to store all of your high-quality videos and stills. With 20x optical/800x digital zoom and a Carl Zeiss 60x optical zoom lens, everything will be as clear as you remember it. This camcorder also features hybrid recording technology, which gives you the flexibility to record video to the hard drive or Memory Stick PRO Duo media.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50


Color of product:Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

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 / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.0984 - 2.46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.2
Auto focus: Yes
Manual focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive/Hard disk drive
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions