So last summer we had a bit of an accident with our old video camera. We were in California on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the end of a very long day in Disneyland. We had taken loads of video of our little girl on ehr first trip to Disneyland when we accidentally dropped the video camera in the back of the boat and it got soaked with water and refused to work anymore! We also had most of our trip on here as well so I was not best pleased.
Anyway, when we got home it was approaching my little girl's birthday and I really didn't want to miss out on anymore time without videoing her so I took a quick trip to Curry's and basically bought one of the first cameras I saw, I didn't really do any shopping around or comparison and just bought this Sony. Sony are always a good name in my opinion and I ahve a little Sony digital camera that has done me well over the years so I went for that one, plus it was on sale for approximately £200 so deal done.
Well, I was pleased I bought it and have been very happy with the useage and results so far. The handycam is very lightweight and fits nicely into your hand. There is a strap that extends basically all the way across the camera so you can easily slip your palm into this and hold the camera. This I find holds it quite steady so no shaky movies and it is also quite a firm grip so you have no worries about dropping it. I hold the camera in my right hand so for the purpose of this review I will be describing things as if the camera were in my right hand.
The lens cap has an automatic shutter which you open on the side. YOu can do this with your little finger and I find this very handy as sometimes I really need to get to the camera quickly and start filming, especially if my little girl has done something really cute and I want to capture it quickly. Once this cap is open the camera is extremely easy to use. I think this is the brilliance about it. I wanted an easy to use camera with not too many buttons and settings, one that basically just filmed and that was it. I'm not too technically minded and so wanted something easy to operate that would still take quality movies.
The screen is located on the left side of the camera and is about 3 inches by 2 inches. This is big enough for me and you do get a good view through the screen and when you do playback it is big enough to see what you have shot well enough to tell that it will look good on a DVD. The screen will say standby in small green letters when youa re not filming. Once you have pushed the little red start/stop button the words will then say REC to tell you it is recording, as simple as that. There is a zoom button at the back of the camera which you just move from side to side to either go closer or pull away from your shot. I find this quite easy to do with my hand whilst filming thus ensuring a smooth shot and not disruption of your film time. If you need more light, say for example you are taking video at night there is a little button on the left hand side of the camera entitled light that lets you turn on a light in the front of the camera, thus giving you more light for your shot.
You can also take still shots with this video camera too and they have turned out quite well and to me are of the same quality as if just taken with a regular camera. There is a playback version where you can watch the video you have just taken on this camera. I like this function as it lets me know whether I need to reshoot what I have just taken or not.
The camera came with a power adapter that plugs into the camera and then into the wall and charging does not actually take too long. Once the camera is fully charged it really does last for quite a long number of hours and I have been really pleased with how well it has lasted, it has never once lost its charge on me.
The camera itself is sleek looking, silver with a black handle and like I've said above is small enough to fit in your hand. It has filmed some great home video's for us and has been a good purchase on my part.
"60x optical zoom with SteadyShot
Recording on memory card
800k CCD sensor
6.7cm/2.7"" wide clear photo LCD
Power on by LCD
DVDirect express compatibility
Face index and film roll index
Works with iMovie"
|Product Description:||Sony Handycam DCR-SX33E - camcorder - flash card|
|Product Type:||Camcorder - widescreen|
|Media Type:||Flash card|
|Memory Card Slot:||Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card|
|Sensor Resolution:||800 Kpix|
|Effective Sensor Resolution:||Video: 490 Kpix - Photo: 0.41 Mpix|
|Lens System:||Carl Zeiss 60 x zoom lens - 1.8 - 108 mm - f/1.8-6.0|
|Focus Adjustment:||Automatic, manual|
|Digital Zoom:||2000 x|
|Image Stabiliser:||Electronic (Steady Shot)|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.7"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio, S-Video|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||5 cm x 10.3 cm x 5.5 cm|