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Sony HDR-SR8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sony HDR-SR8. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and size. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the reliability. Some have doubts about the battery and price.

usability, image quality, portability, size, durability

price, battery

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR8 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and battery. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the price. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, image quality, battery, size


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital CamcorderSony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital Camcorder

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Good Gear (

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

Dec, 2007


Expert review by : Rob Tucker (

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...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by (

Sony HDR-SR8E review


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

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : staff (

Sony HDR-SR8 review


Is this yet another reason to abandon tape?

Great handling and ergonomics ; Lots of good features and connectivity ; HD clips are excellent in good light

Manual control can be fiddly ; Mic suffers from wind noise ; CMOS creates lower light issues ; Expensive

Despite some niggles, the SR8's HD quality, capacity and ease of use will undoubtedly entice newbies away from digital tape

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker, Macworld (

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.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

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,...

Jun, 2007

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

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...

Jun, 2007

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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...

May, 2012

Expert review by : PC Authority (



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

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker, (

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.

Jun, 2008

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


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


Minimum illumination:2

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



Display Diagonal:2.7

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


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:6.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.213 - 2.13
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
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)

Other Features

Audio Output:Y
Lens focal range:1.8-2.9
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):4.6
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800


Internal storage capacity:100

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

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