Sony Handycam DCR-SR15 reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

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8.3 out of 10 based on 48 reviews.
Sony Handycam DCR-SR15: Horizontally held, 50x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Robert, Reading Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy camrea to use, Plenty storage space with 80GB. Havent had to used SD card yet. Easy to upload to pc to Facebook,flicker,etc.
Built in light for night time use.
Bad points:
The screen is hard to see when very bright sun behind you.. . it be nice to have a viewfinder rather a lcd screen.. that's the only bad point.
"nd bad point the photos are low resolution. its fine as a video camrea.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Aug 2013

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nice and light and easy to handle.
Bad points:
Screen difficult to see in bright light and almost impossible in sunlight.
No neck cord provided so you have to keep putting back into a bag when not in use.
no external mic. socket
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2012

Sidney, Sheffield Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good picture quality, Powerful Zoom.
Bad points:
Operation a bit fidly for arthritic hands and aged operator.
Grandson had NO trouble
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2011

Robert, Banbury Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
battery charge better download to computer better
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Oct 2011

Peter, Stevenage Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Esasy to use.
Bad points:
Hard to hold still to get a good picture whem on full magnification.No eye view option (Not easy to see the subject you are filming in strong sun light)available on other modles my fault should have spent more time looking
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Sep 2011

Craig, Rayleigh, Essex Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good value.useful to have hard drive.
Bad points:
Not High Definition image quality,,the HD on the packaging refers to the Hard Drive.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2012

Chris, Belton Just point and shoot

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Light
good picture quailty
Bad points:
Hard to adjust focus while trying to hold camera steady
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jan 2012

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 50
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 1800
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 80
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3500
Weight (g) 270
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.7
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2011-01-12

Also known as: Sony DCR-SR15E, Sony Handycam DCR SR15

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Manufacturer's Description

Light, compact and super long recording: easy shooting with high zoom

SD on 80GB HDD, 50x optical zoom, 6.7cm LCD, SteadyShot, Face Detection

Long recording on internal HDD
Very high power 50x optical zoom
Face Detection for perfect images of faces

Fun, easy shooting with high-power zoom

Handycam® lets you enjoy crisp SD video quality with long recording time on the high capacity built-in HDD. Fun, easy shooting with powerful 50x optical zoom and smart features for sharing and enjoying your footage.

Better images in low light

Shooting in low light can be a challenge for your camcorder: it often results in disappointing, grainy images spoiled by noise. Offering improved sensitivity compared with previous models, a new CCD sensor captures light more efficiently for cleaner, better-looking low-light images.

Natural looking faces every time

Faces can look dark and underexposed in bright, backlit situations like a sun-drenched beach. And if you’re shooting indoors there’s a risk your subject’s skin tone can look unnaturally coloured. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.

Easy uploads with PMB

Don’t keep those moments to yourself: sharing your clips and digital photos online has never been simpler. Supplied with your camcorder, PMB software lets you browse, manage and select your favourite memories for quick, fuss-free uploads to popular sharing sites like YouTube™ Daily Motion and Facebook.

Get closer than you’ve ever been before

It’s like packing a telescope with your camcorder. This incredible 50x zoom range makes sure that distant subjects fill the frame. You’ve never seen such amazing, detail-packed close-ups.

Brighten up your subject

Don’t get left in the dark. A video light illuminates your subject for great results when you’re shooting in low light at parties, indoors or with night-time scenes.


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