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Sony DCR-SX21

Sony DCR-SX21
alaScore 79

49 reviews

Apr, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Sony DCR-SX21. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and zoom. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX21 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the usability and price are on the whole positive, whereas some have doubts about the image quality.

portability, price, usability

image quality

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review (

Best Price Anywhere.


I bought this not knowing how tiny it is. It's an excellent purchase: you can rarely go wrong with Sony, and this even takes a memory stick up to 64GB. For those of you out there who are not geeks, this means you'll never have to buy another memory...

Aug, 2012

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good value and very easy to use.Battery lasted all day and evening taking random video at a wedding.

Jul, 2012

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Sony DCRSX21 SD Camcorder


Great little camera that has a brilliant high powered optical zoom I am really pleased with the recordings I have taken they are really clear and crisp even at long distance a full battery charge last a good while too.

Jun, 2012

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good all rounder


well i know its not HD but for ease of use and price im happy also can get spare batterys for it a low prices light weight with easy to use buttons good zoom and also a light for nighttime use if you dont want loads of techo bits go for this

light, easy to use

no case

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) / Zinc-Сarbon
Battery Type:MP-FV30 / NP-FV30
Battery voltage:8.4


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:3
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Color of product:Black / Silver


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:960 x 240
Display resolution (numeric):230000 / 230400
Touch screen: No


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.49
Optical sensor size:1 / 1.8 / 1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.54 - 87.5
Digital Zoom:1800
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.54 - 87.5
Focal length range (f-f):0.0709 - 4.04
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:57 / 67

Light Exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 5.7
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.9

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC, USB

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD / MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Pro Duo, SD
Disc types supported: No
Maximum memory card size:80
Memory slots:1


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum video resolution:720 x 480 / 720 x 576
Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2
Video Resolutions:720 x 576


Camera viewfinder:Electrical / No
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.45 / 4.88
Height:2.13 / 2.17 / 2.19
Weight:6.88 / 8.47
Width:2.13 / 2.17

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto