Sony Digital Camcorder Reviews, Comparisons

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Different Types of Camcorders

Models that record on miniature DVD discs, built-in hard drives, and memory cards are becoming more common in standard-def and high-def versions.

MiniDV camcorders use a unique tape cassette. The typical recording time is 60 minutes at standard play speed, which gives you the best quality, or 90 minutes at lower quality.

DVD format offers benefits that tape can’t match: durability, compactness, and random access to scenes as with a DVD. That makes for more carefree recording, though you should avoid bumping the camcorder during use, and keep dirt out of the mechanism.

Hard Drives Camcorders that record onto tiny, built-in hard drives are even easier to use. Because the drive is internal, it’s protected. There’s no recording media to buy or carry along. Like DVDs, hard drives are random access, but they’re even faster. Many models have 30 to 120 gigabytes of capacity, providing seven to 16 hours of recording at the highest-quality mode and 25 or more hours at lower quality.

Flash Memory with digital formats using Secure Digital (SD) or Memory Stick memory cards, the amount of standard-definition video you can record at the highest quality level can vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour on 256 MB to 2 GB cards. Larger cards up to 16 GB are available.

Several manufacturers offer “hybrid” camcorders that combine a DVD or Blu-ray drive and a hard drive or memory card in one unit. The hard drive is fast and convenient for recording, while DVD or memory card storage is best for archiving or sharing videos. Another type combo model is one that offers internal and removable flash memory.

Digicams  Cameras that take video or still photographs, or both, digitally by recording images via an electronic image sensor.  

 

Sony Digital Camcorders
Sony DCR-DVD610 DVD Handycam Camcorder
Sony DCR-DVD610 DVD Handycam Camcorder, 40x Optical, 2000x Digital Zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen
$270
Sony DCR-DVD710 DVD Handycam Camcorder
Sony DCR-DVD710 DVD Handycam Camcorder, 25x Optical, 2000x Digital Zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen
$260
Sony DCR-DVD910 Pal Hybrid DVD/Memory Stick Camcorder
Sony DCR-DVD910 Pal Hybrid DVD/Memory Stick Camcorder, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens, 15x Optical Zoom, 180x Digital Zoom Lens, 2.7" LCD Screen
Sony DCR-SR220 4MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam
Sony DCR-SR220 4MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 15x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens,
Sony DCR-SR45 30GB HDD Handycam Camcorder
Sony DCR-SR45 30GB HDD Handycam Camcorder, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, 40x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom Lens, 2.7" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD
$330
Sony DCR-SR65 40GB HDD Handycam Camcorder
Sony DCR-SR65 40GB HDD Handycam Camcorder, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, 25x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom Lens, 2.7" Touch Panel SwivelScreen
$800
Sony DCR-SR85 60GB HDD Handycam Camcorder
Sony DCR-SR85 60GB HDD Handycam Camcorder, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, 25x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom Lens, 2.7" Touch Panel SwivelScreen
Sony DCR-VX2100 Digital Mini-DV 3-CCD Camcorder
Sony DCR-VX2100 Digital Mini-DV 3-CCD Camcorder with 2.5" Screen, 12x Optical/48x Digital Zoom
$1,199
Sony HDR-FX7 Digital HDV 1080i High Definition Handycam
MiniDV - Sony HDR-FX7 Digital HDV 1080i High Definition Handycam Camcorder, 3-1/4" ClearVID , 20x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens
Sony HDR-SR10 - High-Definition 40 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam
Sony HDR-SR10 - High-Definition 40 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam Camcorder, 15x Optical, 180x Digital Zoom, 2.7" Wide LCD Display Screen
$825
Sony HDR-SR11 - High-Definition 60 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam
Sony HDR-SR11 - High-Definition 60 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam Camcorder, 12x Optical, 150x Digital Zoom, 3.2" Wide LCD Display Screen
$1,800
Sony HDR-SR12 - High-Definition 120 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam
Sony HDR-SR12 - High-Definition 120 GB HDD & Memory Stick Handycam Camcorder, 12x Optical, 150x Digital Zoom, 3.2" Wide LCD Display Screen
$700.00
Sony HDR-TG1E High-Definition Memory Stick Handycam
Sony HDR-TG1E High-Definition Memory Stick Handycam Camcorder, 10x Optical, 20x Digital Zoom, 2.7" Wide LCD Plus Display
$547
Sony HDR-UX10 AVC HD DVD Handycam
Sony HDR-UX10 AVC HD DVD Handycam Camcorder, 2.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, 15x Optical/180x Digital Zoom
$749
Sony HDR-UX20 AVC HD DVD Handycam
Sony HDR-UX20 AVC HD DVD Handycam Camcorder, 2.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, 15x Optical/180x Digital Zoom

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