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Sony Handycam DCR SR57

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR57. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the viewfinder. There are some critical views about the durability and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR57 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: Geoff (

Sony DCR-SR57


Ease of set up and use. Simple. clear instructions help, of course. The camera is light and easy to hold and all the main functions ate at your finger tips. A very handy cam indeed. My first use of the camera was at the Olympic Games athletics. For my...

None that I have found as yet. The only difficulty I have had with the camera thus far is with the idiot behind it! There is, of course, always the problem that while one is concentrating on filming, one isn't really concentrating properly on whatever...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Gavin (

Sony DCR-SR57


Takes good quality images ; Fairly easy to operate with out having to understand all the blurb ( it is forgotten by the time I want to use it) ; I can carry it all day discretely in the palm of my hand ready for use

Like other cameras/ camcorders without a viewfinder it is very difficult to use in sunlight as the viewing screen become invisible

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: tony (

Sony DCR-SR57


can not see subject throuh vuefineder in bright daylight.Just my own reflection

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Tom (

Sony DCR-SR57


This cam is so easy to use and produces clear steady pictures even for a novice. I puchased the cam for recording the early years of my grandchildren easy zooming and panning to keep up with an energetic 2 year old. Most recently we had a family...

No magor problems

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Ronaldinho (

Sony DCR-SR57


there's no bad points... battery running out quickly as a normal... you have to buy a battery supply if you want more time

there isn't nightshot... it is a very bad point... but if you want you can pay more and get it in another sony

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-SR57


Great price, easy to use


Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-SR57


Very easy to use. Great compact design. (No comment on price - it was a gift so I don't know what it cost.)

My home computer is so old that it cannot cope with the software to turn my movies into DVDs. Time to go computer shopping

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Clive (

Sony DCR-SR57


Very easy to use straight out of the box and fantastic value for money making it affordable for almost anyone, also attracted by it's very compact size all round a good camcorder

computer compatibility and editing software, doesn't seem to work well with my windows 7 but is very easy on the mac

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-SR57


Very easy to use,good video picture and sound

The battery charger and A/V lead socket are closed with flimsy plastic covers-it's only a matter of time before they break off

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Margarita (

Sony DCR-SR57


Easy to operate, very light, easy to change from video mode to photo mode, easy to review what has been filmed, easy to delete what you don't want

The battery life

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery life (max):1.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH30


Minimum illumination:6
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Playback zoom (max):Y


Colour of product:Black, Silver


Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200


Built-in Flash: No

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.49
Optical sensor resolution:800000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 62.5
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:60

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB, Multi AV
Lens focal range:2.5-62.5
Lens system:Carl Zeiss
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:HDD, Memory Stick
Minimum hard disk space:400
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.2
Recording speed:HQ (9Mbps) / SP (6Mbps) / LP (3Mbps)
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Internal storage capacity:80


Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 576
Video formats supported:MPEG2


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.8

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes