Sony Handycam DCR-SX50 reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on image quality.

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8.2 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.
Sony Handycam DCR-SX50: Horizontally held, 60x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card.

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lee, nottingham Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
so easy to use very light,battery life is excellent, internal memory excellent,took it to america after only owning it for 2 weeks and filmed loads every day and still had a massive amount of memory left,and only charged it twice.i would highly recommend this camcorder
Bad points:
camera picture not brilliant,but it is a camcorder foremose and a good one at that
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Feb 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very handy and light. Size is smaller that I expected. Very good camcorder. Has good zoom features with stabilized recording.
Bad points:
None for a Standard Definition camcorder
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Dec 2009

greg, birkenhead Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
its size!!! very easy to use... your not bombarded with loads of buttons to work it... simply turn on press record and away ye go...(simples)...
Bad points:
feels very fragile!!!... accessories are extremely expensive, some even dearer than what the camcorder cost to buy....
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Dec 2009

sheila, swindon Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very easy to use, excellent quality pictures.
Bad points:
nothing bad so far
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: 22 Dec 2009

Andy, wiltshire Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light easy to use
Bad points:
Battery life could be better
If you have big hands some of the controls can be a bit small
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jan 2011

Dave, Northumberland Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact, easy to use and good image quality. Very high optical zoom, but in practice its unusable without a tripod.
Bad points:
I may be old fashioned, but I still prefer a traditional viewfinder. Even with the backlight set to maximum it's hard to see the image on a sunny day. This resulted in a few badly framed shots. This seems to be common with all digital cameras in this price range nowadays. Also, a neck strap should NOT have to be an optional extra.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Mar 2010

Peter, Middlewich Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
ease of use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 60
Media format Hard disk drive
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) 16
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 2009-02-23

Also known as: Sony DCR-SX50, Handycam DCR-SX50E, Sony DCR-SX50E

Camcorders Buying Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

Fun, easy shooting with generous memory

Very light and compact: fun, easy shooting with powerful 60x optical zoom. Crisp video quality on 16GB 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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