Sony Handycam DCR-SR38 reviews: camcorder

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LESLIE, WARRINGTON Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent pictures
Bad points:
Complicated getting used to various programmes without constantly referring to manual.
What would help is a small, perhaps laminated, quick reference guide to carry around or even to stick on the base of the unit.

One very bad point as far as I am concerned....THERE IS NO REMOTE CONTROL
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Dec 2009

ehuod, Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ease to use.light
Bad points:
the mode not ease to use
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Review date: 21 Jun 2010

STEPHEN, BRISTOL Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
The camera is very handy and easy to use. The 70Gig HDD helps me record for longer hours. The movies it gives are quite OK especially when I set the quality to high quality (HQ) and takes movies outside or outdoors in a lightened area. The sound from my movies too is clear and I'm able to hear sound in my movies.
Bad points:
The pictures or photos the camcorder takes are of very poor quality and as such I had to buy additional digital camera. The battery life is only about 1 hour 30 minutes and as such i had to buy extra battery as a reserve battery and unfortunately, that is also around that time. If movies are taken in a room or indoors with not so much lightened system, the movies are not of high quality as compared to outdoors although I set it to HQ.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 4.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2009

Ian, Ringwood Keen amateur

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
lightweight, easy to use quickly
Bad points:
Very difficult to use with sun on screen. There is no viewfinder so pictures of moving objects like kids and animals running around is pure guesswork.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 5.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2009

Jason, London Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great, practical video camera and easy to download films.
Bad points:
None to speak of yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2009

Amanda, Marbella, Spain Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very pleased with it once I had learnt how to use it. It is a high quality product with great results.
Bad points:
When pointing directly to the sky if the sun is shining it is very difficult to see what is on screen, even when you angle the screen.
Also it would be good if the lens cover could be automatic for opening and closing.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 17 Apr 2010

PAUL, ECCLES Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
VERY EASY TO USE AN DOWNLOAD IMAGES TO COMPUTER
Bad points:
HARD TO VIEW THE SCREEN IN SUNLIGHT
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 04 Apr 2010

We searched for this product high and low,
from House of Fraser to Tesco,
no one is selling it, we're sorry to say,
not 417 retailers nor anyone on eBay,
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