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Sony DCR-SR52 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen

by Sony
25 customer reviews

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  • 16:9 Recording Format: Yes
  • 3 Chip Technic: No
  • Chip Type: CCD
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • Depth in mm: 109
  • Digital Input: No
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 2000
  • Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
  • Format: HDD
  • HD Recording Format: Not Applicable
  • HDMI Interface: No
  • Handheld Position: Horizontal
  • Hard Disk Capacity in GB: 30
  • Height (mm): 72
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 1075
  • Image Stabiliser: Digital Image Stabiliser
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 123200
  • LCD Screen Size in Inches: 2.7
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 43
  • Maximum Aperture Tele: 3.2
  • Maximum Aperture Wide: 1.8
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 1.07
  • Memory Stick: Yes
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 25
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 864
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 1152
  • Resolution: Standard Definition
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Sensor Size: 1/6''
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • USB Interface: Yes
  • Video System: HDD
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Weight in Grams: 350
  • Width (mm): 73
  • Wireless Interface: No
  • xD-Picture Card: No

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 10.9 x 7.2 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Item model number: DCRSR52E.CEH
  • ASIN: B000N1Y1T2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,693 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Stylish compact HDD Handycam camcorder featuring a 30GB high capacity Hard Drive for long recording times, 1 Megapixel CCD for great images and a 25x optical zoom....

Manufacturer's Description

Stylish compact HDD Handycam® camcorder featuring a 30GB high capacity hard disk drive for long recording times and a market leading 40x optical zoom

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Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Lombardo8 on 15 Jun. 2007
This camcorder is tha bomb! It is so so small, if you havent seen it you wont appreciate how small it is, I mean....it is small. Video quality is good enough for me, I am not a professional. It is easy to operate and you can make your own movies quickly. I will advise against buying the SR32, you are better off spending the extra £50 and getting 1 megapixel resolution. The only difference between the SR52 and SR72 is the hard disk size!
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Liam on 7 July 2007
I have never owned a camcorder before so this was a new thing for me.

I did a lot of research into the different types of format you could have like MiniDV and DVD camcorders as well as hard drive camcorders.

I decided that a hard drive camcorder would be a good choice, simply because it saves you so much money in the long run. I never have to buy an tapes or anything for this camcorder, i just paid for the thing and i never have to spend any more money for it.

As for the camcorders features, the touch screen is effective although is little bit fiddly if you have big hands like me. Also it tends to pick up fingerprints but that doesn't really bother me. The zoom is excellent although the focussing doesn't quite keep up with the zoom so it takes a second to re-focus. The memory is more than enough if you're worrying about if you will run out of room on this camcorder. You won't. I recently took it to Rome and did a whole weeks filming and i barely filled up a 5th of the memory.

Transferring it onto DVD's was another thing i was concerned about when buying this camcorder, it turned out fine. The software with it was easy to use and it can be transferred to DVD's with a computer really easy. It doesn't need a firewire port or anything like that, it just has a simple USB 2.0 cable. That can also be connected to the handycam station which can also be useful to charge it and stand it up. Battery life is fairly good although i would recommend investing in a spare one incase you go a long time without being able to charge it.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By RJ on 16 April 2007
I bought the Sony DCR SR52 as I wanted a really small and light camcorder to take with me to festivals, days out and generally just wandering around. The Sony is really small, even in my tiny hands. And it is light, you could carry this all day no problem.

It looks gorgeous, very sleek and shiny. The software on the camcorder also looks great although not entirely intuitive.

Video quality is good, not excellent as you would get on a tape based camcorder but certainly ok for fun shooting. Low light performance is not great but that is to be expected from any camcorder with the same specs.

Image quality of the photos is ok, better than expected for just one megapixel. The 25x optical zoom is a real bonus as well when shooting photos.

Battery life was also good, I got about an hour and a half out of it although I have bought spares.

Summary, great if you want something small and light and not concerned about fantastic video quality. If video quality is your thing then get a tape based model (I use a tape based model for more serious stuff).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John E. Bourgaize on 26 Jan. 2008
I am 82 years old and have been interested in all aspects of still photography ever since my mother gave me a Kodak Box Brownie for my twelfth birthday. At this age I no longer want to tote a big bag around with 35mm SLR plus lenses etc, and recently bought a SONY Cybershot digital camera for stills, which slips into the breast pocket of my shirt. I now live 800 miles from my daughters, and decided I should give "camcording" a try to keep them up-to-date with my activities. I discarded the mini-DV and DVD versions, not wanting to tote more stuff about with the camcorder. I settled for the SONY DCR-SR52 HDD. Amazon's speedy and efficient service brought the camera to me within a few days.

The camcorder really does fit into the palm of the hand. Superb build quality. The touch screen took a bit of getting used to, but I now have no difficulty. SONY do not supply a bag with the camcorder, so I bought an inexpensive one, well padded, (I had no desire to carry a bag with SONY written on it - 82 years, white haired, with a stick = easy target for the yobbos,) to give me peace of mind. Practically no weight to carry around, the strap sits comfortably on my shoulder and the bag has a pocket for the only accessory I carry, which is a spare battery. The lower end of the zoom range is useful, otherwise zooming is impractical without a tripod. The supplied battery is too small, the recording time being shortened by the amount of use of the zoom, switching on and off, reviewing the shots etc. I wanted to keep the length of the camcorder down and settled for the H50 version for the second battery. The H100 version would possibly upset the balance in the hand. The remote control gets me into the picture.

I have a PC and a laptop running Windows XP Home.
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