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Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E. 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 really like the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas the control panel and memory get mixed reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the durability and price are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, durability

memory

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MPSony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MP

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and durability. The price and image quality also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the portability, while some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, image quality, price, durability, design

color, memory, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomSony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12 E

 

120GB inbuilt hard drive, memory stick slot for additional recording, vibrant high-definition video quality, 10.1Mp stills mode, solid picture quality in dim lighting

Price

The HDR-SR12E may be a little more expensive than most of its rivals, but it represents a bargain nonetheless. It ticks all the major boxes that make a great camcorder; including superb image quality and ease-of-use.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The hard disk-based HDR-SR12E is the star attraction of Sony's 2008 handycam line-up. With its huge 120GB capacity and maximum video resolution of 192...

120GB inbuilt hard drive, memory stick slot for additional recording, vibrant high-definition video quality, 10.1Mp stills mode, solid picture quality in dim lighting

Price

The HDR-SR12E may be a little more expensive than most of its rivals, but it represents a bargain nonetheless. It ticks all the major boxes that make a great camcorder; including superb image quality and ease-of-use.

Apr, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 Review - Camcorders

 

sony handycam hdr-sr12 review: A little cheaper and a bit more capacious than its predecessor, Sony's top-dog consumer camcorder is the one to get should you have the desire to go high-def.

Great image quality, Vast storage capacity, Big, crisp LCD screen, Easy to hand hold for extended periods

Battery only good for 90 minutes, Touchscreen menus require familiarity, 10.2-megapixel claim is all marketing

A little cheaper and a bit more capacious than its predecessor, Sony's top-dog consumer camcorder is the one to get should you have the desire to go high-def.

May, 2008

Expert review by: (pcauthority.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The marker has been laid down. Sony's pulled off another AVCHD stunner that will be hard to beat this year

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: (photoreview.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

A hybrid, high-definition video camcorder that can also capture 10.1-megapixel still images.Sony's HDR-SR12 camcorder - and its sister model the HDR-SR11 (RRP $1999) - differ only in the capacity of their built-in hard disk drives (HDD), with the SR12...

When shooting video you can choose from four high definition (HD) levels and three standard definition (SD) settings. HD video is recorded in AVCHD format while MPEG2 is used for SD video. The table below shows the resolutions and typical recording...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Sean Fallon (gizmodo.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12 Gets Reviewed (Verdict: It’s a Winner)

 

According to Camcorder Info, Sony's HDR-SR12 is continuing to push the AVCHD format forward as a viable successor to HDV. It is, by far, the bes...

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: onyx (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

takes abit of getin used to

all good

none

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: B (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

The JVC GZ-HD40 is a much better camcorder. Compare in a store and see for yourself.But unfortunately these are both 2008 models and may be difficult to get now.

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: SilkyBlackWolf (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

Hi there to everyone,i wonder if anyone can help me with a question,i allready got this camera but im looking to buy another one for my brother inlaw,i found one in japan at a reasonbale price but this is what the seller is saying.Brand New Sony...

all good

nothing bad

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: phill (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

Nice cammera.great fatures.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing:N
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Y

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:7.6cm
Weight:0.56kg
Width:8.3cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.13 / 81.3

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash

Built-in Flash:Y / Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR12E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):3810000
Optical sensor resolution:5560000
Optical sensor size:1/0.122
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10 / 10.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 480
Focal length range (f-f):4.9 - 58.8
Image stabilizer:Y
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:58.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.08Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.81Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.66Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.2 mm ( 1/3.1" ) / 8.2 mm ( 1/3.1 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Fader:Y
Lens focal range:1.8 - 3.1
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y
Pastel:Y
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Power requirements:4.3 - 4.5 W
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Spotlight:Y
Twilight:Y
Video Out:1 / SD, HD

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port:N
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/3 - 1/425

Storage

Internal storage capacity:120

Video

Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123200
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 138
Height :7.6 / 76
Weight:560
Width:8.3 / 83

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes