Sony Handycam DCR-SX31 reviews: SD camcorder

36 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 36 reviews.
Sony Handycam DCR-SX31: 60x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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Dean, Coventry Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very lightweight and easy to use even for the wife
Bad points:
Non really possibly the image quality but you cannot argue for the price.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Review date: 29 Mar 2010

Jo, Aberdeenshire Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera is light wieght and very easy to use. You canswitch easily between video andpicture andthe touch screen is sensitive.
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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use. Light. Quick to open and start filming. Useful touch screen.
Bad points:
Image quality good be better.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Dec 2009

Terence, Tonbridge Kent Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Idiot proof
Bad points:
There does not appear to be spare batteries available even from sony
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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 21 Apr 2010

Bert, Belper Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
easy mode produces good results,semi manual good in unusual circumstances.VERY light weight and easy to carry,ideal if like me you archive too dvd,just plug in phonos to dvd recorder and of you go,reasonable picture on your dvd without the comp rubbish.
Bad points:
just the LCD really , hard too see in bright light
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Jan 2010

Keith, Watton, Norfolk Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good internal memory, saving cost of cards etc.
A compact straight forward device which is ideal for my needs, family, aviation, pets etc.
Good lens cap which even I can`t lose !
Bad points:
I`ve yet to find any.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Nov 2010

Ross, Ormskirk Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent low weight, good battery life and quick to start up and record, so you don't have to leave it on.
Bad points:
Can't charge the battery whilst using it, it either charges when switched off or powers the camcorder when on. Very frustrating not being able to used the three spare batteries I had for my previous sony tape camcorder, as they don't fit. Menus aren't easy to use. No viewfinder means using in bright sunlight is a bit hit or miss.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 720x576
Optical zoom ratio 60
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 8
Weight (g) 240
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Release date 2009-04-09

Also known as: Sony DCRSX31

Camcorders Buying Guide  

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 8GB 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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