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Sony HDR-SR5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 reviews of Sony HDR-SR5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder. The battery and size get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the design and portability are overall positive. The durability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the battery. There are some critical views about the viewfinder and price.

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size, price, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition CamcorderSony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated, but many are negative about the viewfinder and size.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

size, viewfinder

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR5 AVCHD 4MP 40GB High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-SR5 AVCHD 4MP 40GB High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

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

Sony HDR-SR5E

 

When high definition video first entered the marketplace, it was considered an exclusive luxury that only the rich and privileged could afford. Nowada...

Vibrant picture quality, decent stills mode, 40GB hard drive

AVCHD format incompatible with most DVD players

The Sony HDR-SR5E is an excellent HD HDD camera that offers great value for money. Simply put, it is one of the best models in this price range that we've seen.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

An uninspiring entrant in Sony's HD camcorder lineup. The Sony Handycam HDR-SR5's video quality and performance simply don't deliver for the price.

Neat Face Index feature ; Bundled dock

No eye-level viewfinder ; No wind filter ; No USB port on camcorder, just on bundled dock ; Annoying touch-screen interface ; Cables not ubiquitous yet for mini-HDMI connector

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR5 isn't a bad camcorder, but if you're going to spend the money for an HD model -- as well as endure the hassle of dealing with AVCHD video -- you might as well go for one with superior video. You'll have to spend a few hundred...

Nov, 2007

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

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

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Jan, 2008

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

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

Terrible device, glad I only tried it instore and analised video quality on laptop before possibly wasting cash on it

Nov, 2007

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

Sony Handycam HDR-SR5

 

Bought this one duty free on a whim as I was flying out of the country. Decided I didn't really need the larger hard drive or photo resolution of it's big brothers but missed the fact it had no image stabilisation.

Excellent review functions. Worked well in cold temps for a long period of time (on a ski mountain), easy to use

No image stabilisation makes hard work to capture steady imagery on the move. (skiing) ; The zoom control seems to be counter intuitive (reversed IMHO) ; No eye piece? viewfinder means you have to either record blind with the viewfinder closed or have...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: Guest user (productreview.com.au)

Good

 

I was impressed with the video quality and how easy to create DVD direct from the camcorder. I would like the possibility to have a more common High definition format to archive and move my video files on external USB storage and share without having...

Excelent Still photos at the same time of taking video. Night mode is good. Built in flash for still photos.

Have to use the included software to watch on computer and unable to use media player or media center software to see video

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Guest user (productreview.com.au)

Bad

 

I am not really that happy with my purchase to tell you the truth. I want to be able to record great quality video, put in on my computer to get DVD's made to give to friends and family. That is the point of a personal camcorder. To record your...

video quality touch screen auto open closing lens cover

Have to use docking station, no USB on the camera VERY hard to transfer HD to computer Software is slow and painful AVCHD format is not supported ANYWHERE!!!

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

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:2

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.5cm/14cm
Height:8.1cm
Weight:0.54kg/460g
Width:7.5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR5/HDR-SR5E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel/2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.43Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3 / 1/3"/1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:Y
Fader:Black / White
Lens focal range:1.8-2.9
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):4
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2/MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:80
Faders:Black fader / White fader/White fader / Black fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Sepia / Pastel / Monotone / Old Movie
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor/None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.5
Height :8.1
Weight:460
Width:7.5

White balance

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