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Sony Handycam DCR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR. 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. People are impressed by the memory and portability. The price and zoom also get good reviews. There are some critical comments about the durability.

usability, zoom, price, portability, memory


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Andrew Gould (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX40E


The slim Handycam SX-series is fashioned on portability and style. The SX-series features a high-magnification 60x zoom lens to capture faraway subjects as well as one-touch disc burn.

You can expand your storage via a Memory Stick PRO Duo slot.

You can only take 4 megapixel stills which is a bit of a let down.

May, 2009

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A great camera for the price.


I bought this camera for a vacation. So far I have not given it much use but from what I see of it and what little I have used it it seems to be a great deal for the price.

Nov, 2012

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Great Product


I'm still learning to use it, but I got some great video of deer under a yard light at night & a large flock of turkey durning the day. Still have a problem with keeping it on target because it is so light, quite unlike my old VHS that weighs 3 pounds...

Aug, 2012

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A great price for a feature filled product. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I plan to order a spare battery and carrying bag soon. This videocam will be great for the Caribbean cruise my wife and I have planned for November!

Apr, 2012

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good price


work great and easy to use

Mar, 2012

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Works great!


Great for the price! Recorded my son in the school orchestra on stage. yes it is a little grainy, but picked up the players just fine in the darkened stage.

Mar, 2012

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good deal and price


got camera for taking video of my sons training in firefighting classes video came out great buy the extended battery you will need it had plenty of memory but bought 32 gig card just in case but did not need it thanks guys

Mar, 2012

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Video looked fuzzy had a lot of good options but if the video sucks it's not for me my sons 100.00 camcorder has better video. I didn't get it from tiger. I have always had good luck with tiger fast shipping and if something is wrong it is fixed fast.

Mar, 2012

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Great Little Camcorder


Was a good price. Takes really good pictures And is easy to use.Haven't downloaded anything yet. But I would recommend this camcorder.

Feb, 2012

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Great value


For the price it takes great video. Easy to use and download digital files. On screen menu is difficult to use for set-up. Had hard time getting response.

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-PC10 is the ultimate in high quality easily portable video. This camera fits into a pocket, yet gives you the power of digital technology. The unique combination of a Sony CCD technology and a Carl Zeiss Lens deliver the best available image quality for moving and still images - housed in one of the world's most compact camcorders. 400 lines of horizontal resolution deliver precision video footage with brilliant color reproduction and excellent digital zoom results. Professional quality, precision 12x Optical/150x Digital Zoom provides unparalleled detail and clarity. 4-capsule microphone offers crystal clear stereo separation and superior digital wind noise reduction. A 180k pixel, poly-crystalline silicon LCD provides up to 400 lines of horizontal resolution for spectacular image clarity during recording and playback. Dichroic Prism divides incoming light into red, green, and blue components for incredibly sharp and rich color. Drop-Frame Time Code provides accurate time code for precision editing. Index Titler stores titles (eight colors and two sizes) on Sony DV cassette 4k-memory chip, allowing the titles to be added during or after shooting video. Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with No Memory communicates with camcorder and provides accurate readout in minutes of time remaining. Intelligent Accessory Shoe communicates signals (such as power on/off, Control L, and audio) between the camcorder and accessories to simplify usage. Laserlink Wireless Connection allows you to beam videos from your camcorder to your TV from up to 16 feet away-wire free with optional IFT-R10 receiver. TV Control will turn on most Sony TV's and select the proper input automatically. LP recording lets you record up to 90 minutes of video on a 60-minute mini DV cassette. Super-durable magnesium alloy is used for a tough, rugged, and beautiful chassis. PCM Digital Stereo Audio With Audio Dubbing provides an incredible 96dB of dynamic range for superior audio power, clarity, and accuracy. Audio dubbing lets you record your stereo sound first, then insert your stereo music or narration without disturbing the original soundtrack. Precision Color Viewfinder provides excellent viewing clarity. Super Steadyshot Image Stabilization is a highly sophisticated system of internal motion sensors that detect and eliminate high-frequency vibration for incredibly smooth video. 16: 9 Wide Mode lets you record in the widescreen 16: 9 aspect ratio for video that plays back in cinema mode for an authentic theater-like look.


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


Battery life (max):61
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV30


3D compatibility: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:3


Color of product:Black / Silver


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000


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


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.56
Effective megapixels (movie):0.49
Optical sensor size:1 / 3 / 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: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:57

Light Exposure

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

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
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


Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Pro Duo, SD
Internal storage capacity:80


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:9
Maximum video resolution:720 x 576
Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.45 / 4.88
Height:2.54 / 2.56
Weight:10.9 / 9.52

White Balance

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