Decent Camera but needs extras! Get the 45 instead!
4 February 2011
Summary: The camera itself is fantastic. I bought it for the nightshot and it is great! The problem is that yes it has a 30gb hard drive, but a usb cable will not plug into the camera itself. It plugs into a docking station and the camera sits in the docking station. This is the only way to transfer videos from your camera to the computer. It takes an SD card but you cannot record videos to it, only stills. Most of these cameras do not come with the docking station or usb cables!
Summary: I pre-ordered this camera when it first came out and waited anxiously for it to arrive - some 60 days later. I will never, ever buy something that I have not touched and tried myself, ever again. Before we wasted our money on this camera we used a high end Sony Hi8 camera. Now today, looking at the Hi8 video next to the image quality of this new HD camera is unbelievable. No, the digital is not the winner - the H8 is.
Summary: I have to say, first of all, it hurts me to write this review. I wanted to like this camera. I really, really did. I loved the size, the shape, the ease of use. I even ordered an extra battery on how much I was going to use it. But I just didn't like the video quality. It is plain bad. I even thought I was going to be able to live with it, but I watched a few videos last night and made some side by side comparisons, and it was just too much for me to bear.
Summary: I bought this to record my opera performances, and use the DVD I make for audition purposes and to catalogue my performances. I love everything about this camcorder except for the image quality. I took the camcorder traveling and took a variety of "test" video - different situations with different lighting, etcetera. I found that no matter what, the images were never sharp. This seems to be because of the c. 340,000 pixels.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Simple Controls
Summary: I bought one and returned it. This product has a fatal defect. There's much noise in the video you recorded especially in quiet environment, sounding like "click, click". This drives me crazy.
Summary: i am going to buy a handycam for the 1st time ... i love sony "BRAND" ... i choose DCR SR-45 (for my price range and better zoom) ... but now i am confused that should i go for SR-42 or wait for SR-45 !! anyway, can i change the HDD of these models camcorder ? i mean can i put a 60 or 80 b in the place of default 30 gb ? waiting for your positive reply ...
Summary: Yes, I brought the Sony DCR-SR42 (with 40x zoom) home and did some comparisons to my Canon ZR600(with 25x Zoom). I was shocked to see it could not bring in an object any closer than my 25x Canon. I then thought that maybe I had a bad camera so I brought it back to CompUsa. I tested my SR42 camera against their SR42 floor model and both zoomed exactly the same. I then tested it against a JVC GZ-MG130 with it's 34x zoom and I was blown away.