Sony Handycam DCR-SX30 reviews: Flash storage SD camcorder

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8.6 out of 10 based on 278 reviews.
Sony Handycam DCR-SX30: Horizontally held, 60x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card.

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Louise, Plymouth Just point and shoot

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Compact, light weight and good quality recordings.
Bad points:
Not compatible with Mac which wasn't mentioned at time of purchase so we are unable to save the videos to our computer.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Apr 2010

izat, Just point and shoot

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Small, light, Good grip.
Bad points:
bad fous in dim light, bad picture in dim light.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 3.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2012

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very easy to use even for a novice like myself, it really is point and press the button
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
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: 19 Apr 2010

Paul, Manchester Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's so small, light and easy to use, and the image quality is excellent. Also, transferring the photos/videos to PC is really simple.
Bad points:
Just the one: when using in bright sunlight, with the sun behind, the image on the viewing screen dissapears and it's very difficult to frame the image properly.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Feb 2010

aceface, witney Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use very light straps to the hand very comfortably and very good playback
Bad points:
I have not had any bad points other than the battery price but i,m sure if you shop around you can get a good deal
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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Review date: 10 Jul 2010

Purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Overall handling very good. Have not made enough use of this to make any further comments but I certainly found it easy to handle compared with my previous camcorder. Need more time to study the instructions and to make the most and best of the operation of this camera.
Bad points:
Not found any yet!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 08 Jul 2010

John, St Albans Experienced amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
The solid state memory suggests no moving mechanical parts to wear out or become otherwise deranged.
Bad points:
The lack of a view finder which one can view in bright light is a serious loss. One cannot focus on the distant object and the screen at the same time. You are able to do this much more easily with a viewfinder.
There is evidence of a dynamic link with the picture and a sideways, at least, movement that is not damped sufficiently and the picture will oscillate by itself at a frequency that does not come from me.
The downloading method is good but not friendly. There are times when I would like to download for a second time the contents of the memory and it merely tells me there is nothing new on the memory. That seems to be an unnecessary protection.
The tiny size must have some good points but it has one bad one. The inertial mass makes holding it still difficult especially with the above dynamic instability. Having to mount it on a mass just to regain that stability indicates a step too far.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Mar 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 720x576
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 60
Media format Flash
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 4
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3500
Weight (g) 240
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 6
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 2640
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-02-19

Also known as: Sony DCR-SX30, Sony DCR-SX30E, Sony DCRSX30, Sony Handycam DCR-SX30E

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Manufacturer's Description

Fun, easy shooting with ultra zoom

Very light and compact: fun, easy shooting with powerful 60x optical zoom. Crisp video quality on 4GB internal memory, or add optional Memory Stick™ to boost shooting time. Easy web uploads with supplied PMB software.

Small and light enough to keep with you

With less size and weight to carry, it’s easy to slip your camcorder into a pocket or bag: you can be sure it’s always with you, wherever you go.

Get closer than you’ve ever been before

It’s like packing a telescope with your camcorder. This incredible 60x zoom range makes sure that distant subjects fill the frame. You’ve never seen such amazing, detail-packed close-ups.

Close-up on clear, sparkling audio

You don’t want to be distracted by background chatter, rustling leaves and other off-camera noises when you’re focused on your subject. This super-smart microphone zooms in on the action when you do, letting you see – and hear – everything in close-up.

Have more fun with your video collection

It’s easy to manage your video clips and photos with Picture Motion Browser for your PC – included free with your camcorder. Sort, search and browse through all your clips and photos in an instant. Burn them to disc, email to friends or upload to social networking sites with a few clicks.

Super-fast backups

After shooting, it’s quick and easy to burn your footage onto DVD for safekeeping or sharing with friends. Just hook up the compact VRD-P1 DVDirect Express and burn those memories at super speed.


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