Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder

Category: Digital Video Cameras - by Edwin C - Date: October 12, 2006

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Introduction

The compact Sony DCR-SR100 30 GB Handycam Camcorder represents a breakthrough in digital home recording. With a 30 gigabyte hard disk drive that stores hours of video and hundreds of high-quality stills, a 10x optical/120x digital zoom, a built-in microphone that allows you to record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound, and many other features you’d only expect to find in the hands of professionals, Sony’s DCR-SR100 will turn your home videos into instant classics ready for the big screen.

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Design

The Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 is designed around the its long, wide 10X zoom lens and the 2.7-inch-wide touch-screen LCD; it’s horizontal, barrel-oriented camcorder, that’s odd looking but not unattractive. It is quite solid and comfortable to hold–not too heavy at 1.3 pounds–but it’s big enough to require a carrying case. (3.17 x 2.7 x 5.87 inches / 80.5 x 68.5 x 149 millimeters).

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Features

It records directly to a hard drive! Its 30GB drive can store as much as 440 minutes of high-quality video, 1,250 minutes of low-quality video, or 10,000 3-megapixel still images. You can play the video directly on a TV via the bundled composite cable or copy the files to your PC; the camcorder mounts as a hard drive via a USB 2.0 connection.

Sony DCR-SR100 Camcorder Performance

At the heart to the DCR-SR100 is a 3.0-megapixel, 1/3-inch advanced Hole Accumulation Diode (HAD) CCD with a total of 2048 megapixels. Add to this the camcorder’s professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lenses with advanced optical multi-layer coating, and the result will be some of the finest video performance you’ll find in any camcorder device. The multi-coated lenses mean that your videos won’t suffer from unwanted glare and flare that lesser quality optics give you.

What’s included in the package

DCR-SR100 camcorder, power adapter/in-camera charger, InfoLithium rechargeable battery, remote commander remote control, AV cable (stereo), software, USB cable.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to like about the Sony’s DCR-SR100′, from its fast power-up, its responsive zoom operation, and generally zippy autofocus. The camcorder begins recording within a second of pressing record and imposes only minor shutter lag when shooting still photos. The autofocus and autoexposure adjust quickly to changes in subject, illumination, or zoom. It is one of the highest rated products from Sony.

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