Product Type: Sony digital camcorders
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Well built, dependable camera made to last
Sony Handycam HDR-SR10E
Member Name: danoh1
Sony Handycam HDR-SR10E
Date: 13/04/12, updated on 13/04/12 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Good build quality, top quality footage, huge hard drive for storage
Disadvantages: No light for at night and no external 3.5mm mic jack
The Sony HDR-SR10 is a brilliant digital camcorder. In true Sony style it is well built, sturdy and reliable. It has a 40GB Hard Drive which means that you can store up to 15 hours of footage on there - more than plenty unless you are recording a documentary series!
The quality of the videos is amazing - top quality if watched direct to the TV using a HDMI Cable or the supplied Component Cable, or when watched on the PC. Sound quality is also very good, and there are options on the camera to change between 5.1 surround sound or 2channel stereo recording, and also an option to change the sound recording level.
The camcorder comes with some handy software too called Sony Picture Motion Browser which acts to catalogue your video clips, import them off your video camera, or most useful, allows you to convert them to MP2 format.
The last feature means that you can edit the videos using software like Windows Movie Maker if you do not have something like Adobe Premier Pro or Sony Vegas which can cope native HD footage. Granted that converting to MP2 loses some quality, however it is still very high quality and more than enough for uploading on the internet or sharing via email. You can edit within the Sony Picture Motion Browser software, however I find this fairly basic - it however would suffice for someone looking to piece clips together to create a simple home video DVD.
The camera is very well built, and everything feels like it will last. All the ports for the likes of power, memory card, HDMI connector etc are all covered up so no dust gets in there, and are very sturdy to open - I have used other video cameras where these covers are very flimsy, however on the Sony they do not feel like they could snap off at any moment!
The touch screen is very easy to use, and saves you fiddling about with pathetic buttons found on other video cameras of different makes. The battery lasts around 90-100 minutes with recording, and has an indicator (given in minutes) of battery life remaining. You can also record onto Memory Stick Pro Duo cards to give the flexibility of recording media.
Face Detection is a useful feature as it really does make a difference to the video quality - even the time when I filmed the full moon! There are more options to change things manually such as exposure and focus, to allow you to get the footage you want, while at the same time you can press the 'EASY' button to make everything really simple, for all the family to use.
Summary: Excellent camera well worth the money.
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