Summary: I love this little handy cam. It's great for family gatherings and events. It gets pretty shaky though when you try to zoom all the way in, even with it on a tripod. We used it one night on a full moon and it was really shaky but what footage we got looked pretty damn cool. You can take stills out of them the battery lasts long. Easy transfer to the computer to edit. For the price I paid- It was a good buy and works great. No regrets.
Excerpt: I almost absolutely love this. I will make sense of that through this review. As for the video part, this camcorder for the most part is awesome. It is very lightweight and small, so long periods of recording are no problem. Do have a light for when recording in dark. Love the ability to be recording then switch to picture mode with a flick of my finger then switch back. Downside, have to stop recording to catch the moment. The camera is only 4 megapixels, and no flash.
Excerpt: From afar, the right side of the HV20 has a familiar horizontal design akin to the Sony HC7, albeit with a fresh coat of silver paint. These camcorders have similar tape hatch designs. Only on the HV20, you'll find the microphone jack, AV/headphone jack, and component terminal hiding behind a rubberized port cover toward the lens end of the camcorder.
Excerpt: After carefully comparing current options on the market, I am very glad that I chose this particular product. It is easy to use, and convenient to transport wherever I go. The small size should not fool you--this is a quality item, lightweight, and very fun to use.
Excerpt: very impressed with quality and very conscience of the light weight, and ease of use. Picture is clear and vivid. Really easy enough for the amituer to use. Hope you will give it a try. Found it easy to down load to computer,,,,small enough to put in over size pocket. Easy to delete any pic you don't like..
I used this camera riding on the back of a motorcycle!
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I recorded hours of footage while Iwas riding on the back of a motorcycle. We were on our way to the Honda Hoot in Tennessee from Michigan. The only problem was we had no noise filter! I have many dvds of beautiful mountains and other scenery!
Excerpt: The Sony - Handycam DCR-SR42 Camcorder is a nice little camera for those who aren't the most tech savvy. It is very user friendly and easy to use. We received the camera as a gift from grandparents to take a few shots of the kids. The zoom is great. I can get people's faces at quite a distance and the shot still looks good. The camera does only have a LCD view and no viewfinder.
Excerpt: The Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 is a wonderful, easy to use camcorder. First of all, there are no disks to purchase! Everything is stored on the cameras hard drive. My husband and I recorded hours and hours of video footage before we ran out of space on the camcoder's hard drive. This Sony Handycam has 30 GB - which doesn't mean that much to me excpet for that right beside where it says that, it says it holds up to 20 hours of recording. I believe we got at least that much.
Excerpt: I received this camera as a gift for christmas back in 2009. It has been good to me so far, it came with all the attachments to download my movies onto my computer and also a cord that lets me watch my movies on the big screen television set. The battery life is pretty good and it comes with a spare which makes it awesome as long as you have them both fully charged before leaving the house.
1. It's a Sony! (Brand value).
2. Compact and light-weight.
3. Carl Zeiss lens.
4. hard disk memory, easy to transfer to computer.
5. I got the refurbished one from sonystyle.com for 300 bucks. Thats pretty cheap for a 40x zoom HDD camcorder from sony.
6. Motion picture quality is good.
1. Does not have a view finder.
2. The Still picture quality is not that great (As indicated by others too).
3. Does not have a neck strap (Or any provision for that).