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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The size and portability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the viewfinder and color, and there are mixed views on the battery and image quality.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the battery and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the color.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery


98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - BlueSony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - Blue

Dec, 2018

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33E


It's been awhile since I had a handycam. The last one I got was four or five years ago. I can't remember the exact series but the brand was JVC. I was so disappointed with it and got hooked with buying ordinary digital camera's instead. But since this...

I’m only having a hard time looking for a handycam case here due to it’s small size. It would have been great if the package came with other accessories. And one more thing also, when I tried to plug it on a old model Sony TV, no picture or sounds came...

Aug, 2010

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Great picture for size and weight it wasn't in the way when not being used

Nothing bad to say

Jul, 2013

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Size, weight and ease of use. Record time on SD cards. Quality of manufacture.

As a standard vision the picture quality is adequate, however does not have the sharpness and detail of HD. This was a prize in a competition and I am lucky to have won, however had I bought myself then I would have invested a little more money in the...

May, 2012

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


quick and easy to use, good battery life and ample room on memory cards

when recording wish you could pause. end up with lots of files

Feb, 2012

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Jan, 2012

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Size, weight, screen, colour, lens cover, zoom & all accessories that come with it.

Would be better with a faster shutter speed as I use it for teaching (golf).

Dec, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


It's very portable. Easy to use. Tremendous optical zoom, very impressed with it's range in such a small unit. Good quality lens. The SD card is very convenient for storage.

It's so small and light that I need to use a chest pod or monopod to support it for reasonable results. It doesn't have any means of attaching a lens hood or filter. ( I realise that the more expensive units would have this facility, however, it would...

Dec, 2011

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Dec, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Light and compact. Easy to use. Good quality recording.

Oct, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Not really into video, but on a recent trip to china I found it very easy to use, especially being able to switch between video and stills.

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio dubbing: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Type:NP-FV30


Minimum illumination:3
Progressive Scan: No


Color of product:Blue


Display Diagonal:2.7
Touch screen: Yes


Built-in flash: No


Face detection: Yes

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.73 - 103.9
Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.73 - 103.9
Focal length range (f-f):0.0709 - 4.25
Optical Zoom:60

Other Features

Audio Output:Y
Auto focus: Yes
Fader:Black / White
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.8
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


HD type:Full HD
Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes