Sony HDR-SR10E High Definition 40GB Hard Disc Drive Handycam Digital Camcorder- 4MP
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- Built-in 40GB HDD with AVCHD / SD Recording, 1920 HD Recording and Dual Rec (Movie & 3.0Mega Still Image Recording), plus 4 Mega Pixels Still Image Recording and Smooth Slow Rec (200fps)+Audio Rec
- Zoom (15x Optical, 180x Digital), Super SteadyShot (Optical), ClearVid CMOS Sensor, x.v.Color, CZ Vario Sonnar T (Filter Diameter : 30mm)
- Built-in Flash, HDMI Control (CEC), 5.1ch Surround Recording with Link to Zoom 5.1ch Center Mic. Ready
- Features 2.7 inch Wide Clear Photo LCD plus (211 K),Touch Panel Face Detection, Film Roll Index, Face Index
- Also includes One Touch Disc Burn (Button on CAM),a supplied Handycam Station, USB2.0 (Hi-Speed), and Auto Lens Cover
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I bought this particular model for a number of reasons, the first being a loyalty to Sony because so many other of my electrical goods are Sony ones (my old stereo, dvd players, my sat nav, my HD TV and my previous handycam) and also because it's a good price for a very good product (I don't work for Sony by the way, I just think they are very reliable).
A second reason is that my old camcorder is a Sony (using mini DV tapes) and I never had any problems with it (including survivng an accidental fall from a table) so I was quite happy to buy a new Sony.
The final reason was that this is costs the same or less than the older SR5 model but has many more features - so that kind of sealed it!
It was a bit intimidating at first, looking at this thing out of it's box and wondering how easy (or not) it would be to use but rest assured, Sony's legendary ease-of-use is definitely in place here. Also, it feels good! What I mean by that is you can feel quality in your hands, and this has it! I would recommend reading not only the printed 'quick start' guide that comes with the product but also print off the Acrobat pdf full guide that is on one of the DVD's. This will give you much more info on the features of the camera.
It comes with a 'docking station' for charging but this is not necessary as you can charge the handycam without it. The docking station seems difficult to fit but is an advantage in securing the camera and not allowing it to fall over (good when you have kids running around).
I had never used a video camera with a hard drive before but this thing is a 'hybrid', i.e. it uses 2 recording formats, the hard drive and a memory stick (not included).Read more ›
It's a good looking unit and not too big. It turns on nice and quickly and the hard drive is ready to go immediately. The picture quality is perfect, as you would expect, and it even records all the sound in Dolby Digital 5+1 - all from the integral microphone.
In the highest True HD resolution it will record nearly 5 hours on the hard drive and the camera function is spot on with a good xenon flash. Crucially, you can watch your footage back and easily edit it or simply turn it back onto camera mode and start recording with no fear of taping over anything. Add to this the clever face recognition software, which works a treat, and you can even select bits of footage by the faces that it has spotted - very clever!
All in all, for £550, it is a steal and worth mentioning that it was only released in February so the technology will be cutting edge for a little while yet.
The camcorder records well and to a high quality. It does have some small issues with focusing but only in the odd case.
Battery life , recoding in full hd with auto settings is 99 minutes with supplied battery. Battery charging is very quick with a full cycle in around 1 hour.
This works fine with imovie 08 and a 2.0ghz intel imac with 1gb ram (2gb+ is reccomended though)
I have not tried the supplied software as it is un necessary when using a mac.
The supplied dock is very good quality and is very easy to use.
Still photos are of average quality but that's to be expected!
All in all my first impressions are that this is an excellent camcorder at a great price!
Edit - After doing prior research i have found that AVCHD is only recognised on Intel Macs
Here are the key points:
- Wonderful colour and definition.
- Well built and comfortable to hold
- Easy to operate
- Simple full-auto mode
- Enough manual controls to provide fun for people who wish to experiment with settings
- The docking station - convenient connectivity
Downsides - no manual focus ring, mic input or headphone socket, but these are all things you would normally pay a lot more for.
And it will connect to an HD TV in HD resolution without a mini-HDMI cable - if your HD TV has a component video input, this camcorder comes with a component video cable which support HD resolutions.
Overall - just brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the same model stolen whilst on holiday . Unlike the newer models it feels snug in my hand . The quality of video and stills is superb .Published on 9 Nov. 2013 by christina duke
It was a must the purchase of the specific model because of the TopDawg housing (discontinued model) for underwater capturing. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Marios Kyprianides
Good camera. Quality pictures and goog battery life.
Pity the CD for enabling download etc was missing and Sony were no help, had to get a copy from another user.
I bought this camera off the back of the many glowing reviews it recieves on this website, but unfortunately have been hugely dissapointed in the product. Read morePublished on 19 July 2009 by I. filby
Bought this on a great deal at amazon - perfect and awesome- battery life is good and clarity is nice - software that come along does the job really well in segregating films based... Read morePublished on 21 May 2009 by Sathya Srinivasan
I have now got 2 off the same product and this product is easy to use and gives great pictures and easy to record on DVD
Very easy to use this product
This Camcorder is fantastic, especially for the price too. The touch screen control system took me by surprise! I was wondering where the buttons were. Read morePublished on 9 April 2009 by Mr. Ame Davies
I have this device and it's great - up to a point.
If you merely want to take high quality footage, watch it on an HD television and then delete it, then it's wonderful and... Read more