Sony DCR-SR87 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder [Camera]
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With a built-in 80GB1 hard disk drive, the Sony® DCR-SR87 Handycam® camcorder eliminates the need for tapes or discs. The 1 megapixel Advanced HADTM CCD image sensor and professional-quality Carl Zeiss® 25x optical zoom lens deliver clear, sharp images, and Hybrid recording technology offers the flexibility to record video to the hard drive or Memory Stick PRO DuoTM media.80GB hard disk driveA built-in 80GB1 hard disk drive can record and store up to 56 hours of video footage in SD LP mode. In addition, "HDD Smart Protection" gives you peace of mind by preventing any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.1/6" Advanced HADTM CCD ImagerA 1/6" Advanced HADTM (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager with (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity for exceptional video and still image performance.Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with SteadyShotTMThe DCR-SR87 features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShotTM image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick DuoTM mediaHybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 80GB1 hard disk drive or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO DuoTM media (sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the HDD to the Memory Stick® media -- without using a PC.25X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom25X optical zoom help you capture close-up action while keeping your distance. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming (up to 2000X) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.
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-- The picture resolution is not as good as I expected.
-- The LCD screen is not very bright. It's hard to see
in bright lighting. Wish it came with a viewfinder
for these situations.
-- I also wish the fader feature was a little more
user-friendly. It requires going through the menu
with every fade in or out.
The One-Touch disk burn and the Steady-shot feature are great. Overall, I'd give the camcorder about a C-plus.
Essential items in any camcorder are basic. A remote for self-video. A viewfinder to shoot movies when sunlight is too bright for its viewfinder. Finally, the ability to shoot at night (NIGHTSHOT).
The Sony designers chose to leave all three items out. You won't find any of these common features on the SR87.
That being said, it's just not a suggested model and I suspect will be discounted quickly or discontinued.
The Canon is by far a better camcorder.
When I spent a lot of hard earned cash and was finally moving up from VHS to HDD camera, I was thrilled. And yes, when I got it, I loved it. Mostly due to the fact that I can record hours and hours worth without any problem. Remember, this is not an HD recording. Since, I didn't see much difference in the quality, I used it to record in the SP format. This format outputs:
Data Rate: 9100kbps
Frame Rate: 29fps
Audio Rate: 256kbps
Audio Channels: 2 Stereo
Audio Sample: 48kHz
File Size: 20.6MBps (approx)
The battery charge goes a long way. And the 80GB HDD itself is the highlight of this camera. That, and also the fact that I can hook up the cam to the PC via USB and simply drag/drop recordings in my PC.
However, the video is very average. Keep in mind, I'm coming from a VHS background and was not impressed at the video quality one bit. In the day time, outdoors, the recording would probably get a B+ in my view. But indoor, night time recording with moderate indoor lighting, I would not hesitate to give it a D+ at best.
The indoor recordings that I made were always grainy. And the higher format recording didn't help. All it did was take up more file space.
If you're in the market for a better video cam, pass on this one. I've had this for 7yrs due lack of funds. I have logged over 900 recording hours on it. And due to this, my work looks like a piece of crap. I have finally purchased a Canon VIXIA HF M500 about 5mins. ago right here on Amazon. I hope that cam will out perform this one by a huge margin.