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Sony DCRSR58EX Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 80GB HDD - Silver

by Sony
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Up to 61 hr SD shooting time - on large 80GB built-in Hard Disk Drive
  • 800k CCD sensor - Increased sensitivity captures crisp, clear video with improved low-light image quality
  • Carl Zeiss lens with 60x optical zoom - Vario-Tessar lens with ultra-powerful optical zoom range to pull distant objects closer
  • SteadyShot - Electronic image stabilization reduces effects of camera shake during handheld shooting
  • Face Detection - Enhanced Face Detection for clear, natural faces
There is a newer model of this item:
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

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: DCRSR58ES.CEH
  • ASIN: B0031U1AH8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,653 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Sony standard 7 Oct 2010
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Sorry, but this is well below the standard I expect from Sony. I have been using Sony mini DV cameras for 4 years, and on a recent shoot was able to make comparisons with their results and that of this HDD model. Frankly, this HDD model isn't at all as good when it comes to video clarity. Also very unforgiving of lower light situations. The test of a product is would you buy it again. No. I'll stick with my Sony mini DV cams, and firewire connections. Did I like anything about this model? The sound it records is impressive. But that's not why we buy video cameras is it.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good camcorder, terrible camera 3 May 2010
I bought the DCR SR58 thinking it would both shoot video and take photos, thus removing the need to lug around a camcorder and a camera.

For video, it is certainly easy to use, with a great zoom and simple controls. It is compact in size and light to carry, which encourages you to use it. Another plus is compatibility with Apple imovie, so you can just connect to your mac for editing, without using Sony's software.

The big downside, however, is the performance of the camera function. I printed out some photos and the quality was appalling. I checked the instruction manual only to discover that the camera is 0.3 megapixels! To my mind, this is not fit for purpose. Any camera-phone is better than that. I do not expect top notch quality - 5 meg would have been fine for occasional stills- but Sony have incorporated a joke camera into an otherwise good quality camcorder. Bizarre.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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A great upgrade for us from the old Cassettet Handycam.

Photo ability is poor as stated on other reviews, but as a handy camcorder is really really nice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camcorder! 4 Aug 2010
By James
I purchased this camcorder to replace a mini dv camcorder that I have had for about 7yrs. It is a fantastic product, with excellent battery life and superb features. It is and excellent size which makes carrying it around a breeze. It is east to transfer the footage onto your PC for editing and then burning to a DVD. I would highly recommend this product. The price was by far the best that I could fine and Amazon's usual excellent service made for a speedy delivery too.

Go on and buy yourself one and start making family memories!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Camcorder 23 Jun 2010
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I bought this for my daughters wedding and it was a dream to use. Battery life is a problem but we were able to recharge whilst recording the reception at the sametime. The Microphone picked up speakers from the other side of the room.(Battery Life is plus 1 hour - but for something like a wedding you have to be organised)Yes a good buy and hopefully great for the "Grandchildren"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use but poor quality image 23 Aug 2010
By lcb
The camcorder was very intuitive and I easily managed to use it without referring to instruction manual. However, the quality of the image was poor and I returned the goods for this reason.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product 11 July 2010
By DR
This is really a fantastic product with all the features u need as an amateur.
Good optical zoom, hard disk space and functions which can be easily operated.
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