Sony DCR SR100

Category: Digital Video Cameras - Date: June 30, 2006

Sony DCR SR100 Digital Video Camera

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Design
Features
Performance

Sony DCR SR100 Introduction

Now that Sony has perfected the art of DVD camcorders, Sony is now entering the hard-drive camcorder market with its Sony DCR SR100 digital video camera, its very first try at HD camcorders. The DCR-SR100 is the first competitor to JVC’s Everio models, the unrivaled leader in HD digital video cameras.

Sony DCR SR100 Design

Width 3.2 in
Depth 5.9 in
Height 2.7 in
Weight 1.3 lbs

Sony DCR SR100 Features

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 3.3 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution: 2 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Still Resolution: 3.0 Mpix
Optical Sensor Type: Advanced HAD CCD
Optical Sensor Size: 1/3″
Shooting Programs: Spotlight, sunset & moon, landscape, portrait mode, beach & ski, super night mode, sports lesson
Special Effects: Sepia, Mosaic, Pastel, Monotone, Old Movie, Luminance Key
Digital Scene Transition: Wipe fader, overlap fader, white fader, black fader
Image Stabilizer: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)
Digital Storage Media: Hard disk drive – 30 GB
Lens Type: Zoom lens – 5.1 mm – 51 mm – f/1.8-2.9

Sony DCR SR100 Performance

The most notable feature of the SR100 is the 30GB hard drive of course. But this device also features a large (1/3 in.) image sensor, a 2.7″ LCD display (widescreen, touch-panel) and does come with a built-in flash/accessory shoe. Lets not forget that digital video cameras can take pictures too, and this DCRSR100 can snap 3 megapixel stills. The lens is a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. The audio is Dolby 5.1, which is the same as high-end DVD digital video cameras. 10x optical and 120x digital zoom.

Whats included in the package

Sony Handycam DCR-SR100
A/V cable
USB cable
Power adapter
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery

Conclusion

Considering this camera sells for just over a thousand, the 10x optical is weak, other cameras in this price range have 12x optical zoom. A good feature is the SR100’s integrated data buffering and shock-absorption technology to prevent video loss if the camera gets jolted. The SR100 also makes editing video easy, not leaving you with cumbersome tapes or unchangeable discs as a final product. The hard drive can hold between 400 and 1200 minutes of video, depending on the quality so there’s no need to keep buying MiniDV tapes.

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