Sony DCR-SX53E reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

74 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on battery life. - It scores very poorly on sound quality.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 74 reviews.
Sony DCR-SX53E: 60x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Stan, Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ease of use, weight and picture quality
Bad points:
sound quality is not great
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Aug 2012

Anthony, Tenbury Wells Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to transfer files to PC.
Linux user - no special software required.
Bad points:
Noise from zoom mechanism picked up by microphone.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Aug 2011

Dexter, Bristol Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and value for money
Bad points:
Photo's not that great,
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Aug 2011

Madeline, Kent Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
excellent for what we required, family get togethers and holidays
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Aug 2011

Smeg, Hollesley Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very light and compact - easy to just pop in a pocket.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Sep 2011

John, Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use. Lightweight. Good quality images
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Aug 2011

Ian, Wigan Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Quite impressed, easily carried, good quality pictures, product is of sturdy materials, controls are positive, and good sound collection. My first camcorder so not an expert, but I do like this product.
Bad points:
Smaller fingers would be an advantage, but getting easier each time it's used.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Aug 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Optical zoom ratio 60
Media format Hard disk drive
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Digital zoom ratio 60
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Weight (g) 190
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of chip CCD

Also known as: DCR-SX53, Sony Handycam, Sony DCR-SX53

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