Sony Handycam DCR-SR78E reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on sound quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Sony Handycam DCR-SR78E: Horizontally held, 60x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description

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Graham, Alyth Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
compact and easy to use
Bad points:
negotiating the menu screens was a bit of a pain
Overall rating 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2011

Maurice, Grimsby Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Another good quality product . I cannot believe just how light it is. The touch screen is simple to use and the picture quality superb. No messing around with tapes like my old camcorder.
Bad points:
The battery life could do with looking at. With playing back clips and using the zoom a spare battery is a must.
Cannot use a firewire directly from camera into computer to use my editing software as used with previous model.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2011

Leslie, Bristol Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
1/ its easy to use. 2/ the amount of information that the hard drive can hold as apposed to tapes is unbeleavable.
Bad points:
1/ no view finder, only a video screen which is not so good in the sunshine. 2/ cannot put digital input from the camera to the same program on my computer that i use for my other camcorder of the same make but different model. 3/ also does not sit in the hand very well for using zoom lever
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2011

Tapash, devon Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent sound quality, records even the sliggtest sound. very good zoom quality
Bad points:
Cannot Pause while recording in the same clip
Overall rating 10.0
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: 15 Mar 2011

Jexi, Leigh Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Fits in the right hand (ONLY) and is comfortable to use.
Bad points:
If you're left handed ... you're snookered.
Maybe Sony and other manufacturers could consider this minor problem when consulting in production...
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 May 2010

Patrick, Stevenage Just point and shoot

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use
Bad points:
Battery life with battery supplied is complete rubbish.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 May 2010

mike, poole Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Not complicated to use
Bad points:
Lens cap not easity to use or operate
No simple program to edit what has been captured
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 60
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 120
Weight (g) 280
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2010-01-29

Also known as: "Sony Handycam DCR-SR78E, SONY handycam dcr-sr78

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