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Sony DCR-SR55E Hard Disc Drive Handycam Camcorder with X25 Zoom

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Built-in 40GB HDD
  • 1 Megapixel CCD
  • Movie Recording on Memory Stick
  • CZ Vario-Tessar (Filter Diameter : 30mm)
  • 2.7� WIDE LCD Monitor (123 K)
  • One Touch Disc Burn (Button on CAM)
  • Dolby Digital 2ch with Link to Zoom
  • Touch Panel
  • Film Roll Index
  • Face Index
  • Memory Stick Duo Slot
  • USB2.0 (Hi-Speed)
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Sony DCRSR15ES Handycam Camcorder - Silver (50x Optical Zoom, 0.8 MP, 2.7 inch LCD) Sony DCRSR15ES Handycam Camcorder - Silver (50x Optical Zoom, 0.8 MP, 2.7 inch LCD) 4.3 out of 5 stars (3)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 11.2 x 7.6 cm ; 358 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DCRSR55E.CEH
  • ASIN: B0011UHEH0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,591 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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205 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camcorder 10 Mar 2008
By Ray
Was after a new hard drive based camcorder to replace my existing Sony mini dv model. After doing some research, decided to get this model. Whilst mini dv models still offer the highest recording quality, I needed convenience, for which this Sony is perfect.

The camera is quite small, but fits the hand well and is very lightweight. At the highest recording quality, the 40gb hard drive holds over 9 hours of video footage. Video can also be recorded directly to memory stick duo. Controls are simple and intuitive, you can simply point and shoot using the easy recording mode. If you want to tweak settings, options are accessed via the 2.7in touchscreen.

Video quality is good for a camera of this class with the limiting factor being the small size of the CCD. However, this camera is all about convenience. Recorded video can be instantly accessed, with each piece of footage showing as a thumbnail. Video can also be easily transferred to a pc via usb. No drivers are required, the camera shows as a removable drive. Sony has wisely put a usb socket on the camera itself. Previous models forced you to use the docking station which required mains power. This means it is possible to shoot video and transfer to your laptop whilst out and about.

Another positive is Sony's decision to record in MPEG format, unlike some others that use their own format. MPEG is universal and can be used by virtually all video editing software, as well as playing back in windows media player without the need for additional codecs.

Overall, this camcorder is ideal for someone who needs good quality video that can be quickly accessed and easily transferred to a pc for editing.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Competitively-Priced DigiCam 19 Jun 2008
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Having bought a Sony digital camera 2 years ago, and been very impressed with it, we were looking for a compact digital camcorder with a hard drive that would serve as a family machine, and also work in the classroom. This machine is proving to be an excellent buy for the following reasons:

Amazon have it very competitively priced.

At only 14oz (400grams approx) it is amazingly light and compact

The 40 Gb Hard Drive allows over 20 hours of recording at standard quality (less at high quality).

The battery gives you 2 hours of recording capability between charges.

You do not have to mess around with DVDs in the camera - the hard drive is an ideal medium for recording, and it has Sony's Pro mem stick capability which gives it great functionality with other Sony products and/or card readers in your PC.

Full USB connectivity to your PC/Laptop - and SCART connectivity to the TV

This 55 model is a better buy, and worth the few extra pounds, than the 35 for a number of reasons: 10Gb more hard drive space; a docking station which allows recharge, DVD burn, via USB to your PC, and quick link to your TV for viewing; and a remote control for the cam - excellent and useful accessories; and finally, 1 Megapixel compared with 0.8 Mp on the 35.

The screen is clear, and the touch menu system is easy to use. It has a robust carrying strap, and just feels well-made - having said that a carry case is always a good investment for such a piece of kit!

I am no technical expert, but this is a great-priced and intuitive digicam, with lots of great features. Highly recommended.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Video Camera 6 April 2008
Only had this video camera for a couple of days but so far I think it's brilliant. It's small, lightweight, very easy to setup and use and the quality of the video is excellent. Still images are also pretty good and the supplied software makes it easy to manage your video's and pictures. Having problems playing back the video on my PC after uploading from the camera's hard disk but think this is down to my PC being a few years old so I may need a new video card - hopfully not a new PC! I think this may be due to the video format being MPEG-2 so worth checking if your PC supports this format. The video's play back fine on my work laptop which is only a year or so old.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for capturing those family moments 4 Nov 2008
After lots of research I settled on the SR55. The reasons for this were

1. Sony products are normally good quality.
2. 40gb hard drive meant I didn't have to carry lots of DVDs as with other camcorders.
3. Small size meaning easy to carry round on holiday.
4. Not overly priced.

What I have found about this camcorder so far is that it is very easy to set up and use. A novice could easily pick this up and be fully conversant within an hour. The docking station is very effective when connecting to a PC and/or TV. I personally have the station attached to my TV and PC together meaning I can connect to either one at the touch of a button. The software included was easy to install and use and the one touch disc burn is very handy. The file formats mean they can be transferred to any PC unlike some other hard drive camcorders on the market.

If you are looking for professional quality video footage then this camcorder is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a fairly cheap and easy to use camcorder to capture family moments, holidays etc then the quality of this is fine. I would recommend transferring to the high quality setting immediately though as the other settings would not really be suitable for buring to DVD or for playback on a large screen TV. At high quality you can capture up to 10 hours of video. The photographs are not very good quality but I did not buy this for still photos so not an issue for me.

Overall, this is a very good product and I am very happy with my purchase. If you have the money to spend on a Sony High Definition camcorder then go for one of them but if you only have around 250 to spend then go for this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, easy to use and you understand the booklet
Great buy to replace old sony. Love the touch screen navigation. Easy to read and understand booklet. Great picture quality. Super visual feedback on the tv. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Mrs. J. M. Bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very suitable
This was my first foray into a home video, I mainly wanted this for my holidays as well as you tube projects and general messing about. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2009 by Juan McGuinness
4.0 out of 5 stars Good experience so far
I have purchased this from amazon now a year ago. Its in excellent condition & delivered quickly. Using it for frequent trips across UK & not found any problems till now. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2009 by Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased.
Light and simple to use. Purchased at a good price this piece of kit has not disappointed.
Published on 23 July 2009 by Mr. Kenneth Byatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera - but not Mac compatible
Bought as a present for a Mac user. However the video is in MPEG-2 format, which is not supported by Macs and therefore this camera does not work with iMovie without downloading... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2008 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony DCR-SR55e, exceptional camera!
I initially intended to buy the Sony DCR-SR35e with the 30gb hard drive, then I saw that the 55e had the optional accessory shoe which allows you to purchase better microphones and... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2008 by Mr. S. D. Mills
Got this little Sony Camcorder very recently and have never had one of these before, luckily I have a good friend who knows about this stuff and recommended this SR55 along with... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2008 by JAYDUB
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Panasonic
I had to make a choice between the Sony SR55 and the Panasonic SDR H40. So I went for the Panasonic as it was cheaper. OMG what a load of rubbish that was. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2008 by I. Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Camcorder
I bought it 2 months ago, it is very easy to use and the picture quality is very good

The main problem is in the battery which does not last more than an hour recording
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by R. Gabra
5.0 out of 5 stars great little cam
read the reviews on offer, and bought one.i think its a great camcorder easy to use . i used to have a sony hi 8 bought in 2000 and picture quality was ok but sr55e on hq is... Read more
Published on 28 July 2008 by brian caton
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