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Ok, so i decided to buy this camera, after my disapointment with another I recently returned.
So, after charging it, i put the camera through some tests, to ensure I was happy with it, otherwise it was on its way back to the shop.
The Zoom is only 12x Optical and 800x Digital, but this is more than enough for everyday filming (unless you do a lot of long distance recording of course)
The LCD screen is big enough at 2.7", and it is touch screen, which is a nice techy feature, as this reduces the buttons on the side of the camera.
The weight and size is fantastic. Its tiny, and fits in your hand well. It feels so light that it feels like a toy, but it doesn't feel cheap.
Memory, this was one of the MAIN features that turned me to getting this camera (as im sure the same reason for you) It has a 30gb Hard Drive, which is more than enough as my last camera was a Hi8, which only holds 60mins per tape. It would take aprox 4-15 tapes (depedning on quality setting used) to fill this memory. This 30GB hard drive will easily hold 10 hours of high quality recording.
The ease of downloading your video's and Pictures onto your PC / laptop is soooo easy. I just plugged it into my laptop, installed the software, and simply Dragged and dropped the files from the camera, to my desktop, it couldn't be easier.
Nightvision, what an excellent feature. My first camera was Sony, with nightshot plus, and i can't live without it. It shows images in complete darkness. And what's great, you can take still / photo pictures too with the nightvision on so no need for flash.
The sound is great, with Dolby it dosn't loose any sound at all. Great once burned onto DVD and using on the surround sound.
Cables included are, Scart cable, AV cable, USB cable, Charger and a Docking station to sit the camera on.
Battery life isn't great at about 1.5hours, but you can buy a better one for around £50.
Focus is fantastic, and focus's well at long distance, and short.
I have been hooked up to an incar mount located on my headrest, which is used for track days / drag strips. It handles this well, and provided your bracket is solid, there's no distortion to the video.
Great value for money, but honestly, try before you buy. I went to a High street shop, tested it out, and then bought online for cheap. Good camera, and i am more than happy with it.
Sony DCR-SR50E camcorder features a 30 GB hard disk drive that allows you to record up to 7 hours and 20 minutes at the highest resolution, so you can shoot all you want without having to worry about your remaining storage capacity. The supplied Handycam station makes storing data on your PC or DVD afterwards easy and 'One Touch DVD Burn' allows you to create DVDs at the press of a button. The 1/5.5" megapixel CCD, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and SteadyShot guarantee pin-sharp results every time. And the HDD Smart Protection anti-shock system protects your hard disk if the camcorder is accidentally dropped. The DCR-SR50E is designed for your ease of use. With its light and compact body and the 2.7" touchscreen LCD, the SR50E gives you the freedom to shoot anywhere and anytime!