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Sony DCR-SR45

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Sony DCR-SR45

The Sony DCR-SR45 is a Handycam® Camcorder with 30GB internal storage hard disk drive that allows up to 20 hours of video (LP) recording. The camcorder features hybrid recording, built-in zoom mic, Quick On button 40x optical zoom / 2000x digital zoom, and a 2.7“ touch panel 16:9 LCD display. It supports SD (MPEG2) video format with NTSC color and EIA standards. The camcorder weighs 14 oz (400g) with battery and measures 3 x 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 inch (76.3x76.6x112.8mm). It also support hybri…

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Sony DCR-SR45

The Sony DCR-SR45 is a Handycam® Camcorder with 30GB internal storage hard disk drive that allows up to 20 hours of video (LP) recording. The camcorder features hybrid recording, built-in zoom mic, Quick On button 40x optical zoom / 2000x digital zoom, and a 2.7“ touch panel 16:9 LCD display. It supports SD (MPEG2) video format with NTSC color and EIA standards. The camcorder weighs 14 oz (400g) with battery and measures 3 x 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 inch (76.3x76.6x112.8mm). It also support hybrid recording with its internal memory as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media support. The camcorder features a 1/8” Advanced HAD™ CCD Imager with 720 x 480 video resolution and records up to 7 hours of HQ quality videos. It is powered by a InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FH40). The camcorder is supported by Dolby® Digital 2 channel audio, and features 11 Scene Modes, SteadyShot® Image Stabilization, White Balance, S-NS plus low light capability, Old Movie digital picture effects, Dubbing Button, Photo Capture from Movie, is PictBridge compatible. The camcorder utilizes a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with 2000x digital zoom, 40x optical zoom and 1.9-76mm focal distance. The camcorder comes with a Power Adapter/In-Camera Charger (AC-L200), InfoLITHIUM® Rechargeable Battery (NP-FH40), Multi A/V Cable (Stereo), USB Cable, Application CD-ROM w/ Driver and the Enjoy Handycam DVD.

Features

The Sony DCR-SR45 features Hybrid Recording to Hard Disk Drive or Memory Stick® Media that allows flexibility for transferring video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Users can record to the camcorder's internal hard disk drive, or choose to record to removable Memory Stick Duo™ media or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media. Other features on this camcorder also allow users to capture still images directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately) for transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices (sold separately); Quick On function, built-in zoom microphone with Dolby® Ditigal 5.1, and Easy Handycam Button that locks out advanced features when activated and lets users focus only the buttons essential for recording. Users will also find features that helps make burning DVDs directly from the camcorder to a PC via a USB cable easy with the One Touch Disc Burn Button. The camcorder also features Super NightShot® Infrared System that allows them to capture video in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away.

Review Summary

The DCR-SR45 is a good camera…if you don't have extremely high standards. The picture quality is shoddy at best, incapable of moving quickly without dragging behind and blurring. The sound is terribly poor, and you can hear the camera crackling and the optical zoom as you narrow in on a shot.

I am slightly biased though, as I was looking for a camera with which I could make short films. I was very let down, but if you are a parent just looking for a camera with which to capture family moments, this may be what you're looking for. Panasonic is also very good. If you do get this one, I recommend also purchasing a tripod (I own a cheap Dynex one and it works fine) and another battery, as this one only has about 108 minutes tops. The extra one that you can purchase has about 500.

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  • Can it handle drastic light transition in continuous shot?

    I am actually trying to film medical procedure in which the operation room lights get turned off for half the procedure. Can I film in one continuous shot, will some setting allow an auto adjustment even if it takes 10-15 seconds to adjust

    Answered by nilufer 2009-04-20:

    Yes, this camcorder can handle drastic light transition. You can try to film it and see how it comes about.

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