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Sony DCR-SX40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 reviews of Sony DCR-SX40. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good opinions. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

usability, image quality, price, size, portability


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony DCR-SX40 flash memory camcorder


A standard-definition Sony camcorder with 60x optical zoom and LCD touch screen.

Good build quality, 60x optical zoom, affordable price

Video quality could be better, poor stills mode

The Sony DCR-SX40 camcorder offers a solid performance for the asking price. Its primary strength lies in its user-friendly interface, followed by its sleek good looks and 60x optical zoom lens.

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Minimum illumination:6


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Blue / Silver


Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:0.68 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Optical Zoom:60


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F6.0
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Focal Length (35mm equiv):39-2340 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):1.8-108 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:60 x
Shutter speeds:1/4-1/40000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)


Dimensions (HxWxD):59x53x113 mm
Weight:250 grams
Weight (lb):0.55 lb

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.6 - 6
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 2ch stereo
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/Vista / Windows XP/Vista/2000
Internal Memory:4096 / 8000
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar / Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Power requirements:7.2V
Sports:No / Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable


Sensor Size:1/8 inch
Sensor Type:CCD


Exposure Control:Touch Panel


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 0

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
External Memory Type:Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Flash memory:4
Max Supported Memory Size:4 Mb


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HDV Recording: No
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2
Recording Format:InternalFlash/Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:720x480


Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.9
Weight:200 / 290