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Sony HDR-SR8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sony HDR-SR8. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the reliability. There are some less positive views about the battery and price.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR8 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the battery. The image quality is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the price and size, while reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, image quality, battery

size, price

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital CamcorderSony HDR-SR8 100GB Hard Drive Digital Camcorder

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


The Sony HDR-SR8E is a stylish and easy to use HDD camera with a gargantuan 100GB hard drive. It might not be the cheapest model out there, but you definitely get what you pay for.

100GB hard drive, attractive & comfortable design, vibrant picture quality, excellent stills mode

Price, AVCHD format incompatible with most DVD players

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


Sony breaks through the 100GB barrier with this range-topping high-def camcorder. Like its SR7 twin, it is highly recommended.

Plenty of output and input options ; Easy to hold steady ; Sharp and vivid video

but you'll need an HD TV and Blu-ray/PS3 to truly get the best ; Manual settings require diving through touchscreen menus ; Mini-HDMI cable not included -- screams of penny pinching

Compared to the tape and mini-DVD based high-def camcorders Sony launched earlier this year, there are only a few minor detail improvements. But we feel that the addition of a high capacity hard-disk to the existing combination of high-def recording,...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: PC Authority (



A fully featured hard disk AVCHD camcorder with plenty of recording space

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: davidfastolfe (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


Amazing ! Very easy to operate, huge hard disk. I agree with most reviewers. I got one on ebay for 1400$ USD and it's not the HDR-SR8E but the HDR-SR8

image quality, 100GB hard disk, 38 hours on HD LP and about 14 hours of recording on the highest format. You can browse video from the camera, watch it on your computer to choose what you will transfer

AVCHD is not yet supported. I'm using Adobe premiere pro CS3

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: PomiGit (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


Fantastic Camera, despite my reservations about getting a Hard Drive camera over my preferred tape i've been very impressed with the images ive produced. As stated by others recording in low light does result in grainy images but you'll struggle to...

Outdoor daylight video stunning ; Easy to import to computer ; Touch screen LCD very easy to use (would recommend getting a LCD protector though)

Low light filming ; AVCHD Support limited ; Manual functions abit anoying (manual dial can only perform one function at a time

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: ChaiChai (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


HDR SR8 = Australia & HDR SR8E = Euro. Both are identical from inside and out. Overall this is an excellent camera, movies are captured at 1440x1080i so don't get your self confused with 1920x1080p. Videos taken in a dark areas are not as good but...

1. Excellent video quality 2. Excellent picture quality 3. Light 4. Docking station are excellent to help keep your cables tidy 5

1. HDR SR8 is exclusive to Sony Central 2. Price is expensive due to Cons #1 3. AVCHD is not widely supported at this moment

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: shaily (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


Its a great equipment to have. I have been using it for a month and it has performed beautifully under all circumstances. Love It!

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: Suresh Moktan (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


perfect camera in the world!satisfaction guaranteed.

perfect look, convenient, high quality video, plenty of hard disk space


Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: (

Sony Handycam HDR-SR8


Amazing ! Very easy to operate, huge hard disk. I agree with most reviewers. I got one on ebay for 1400$ USD and it's not the HDR-SR8E but the HDR-SR8

image quality, 100GB hard disk, 38 hours on HD LP and about 14 hours of recording on the highest format. You can browse video from the camera, watch it on your computer to choose what you will transfer.

AVCHD is not yet supported. I'm using Adobe premiere pro CS3.

Consumer review by: Guest user (



Great camera, about time some of the other software companies supported it, maybe Adobe Premier Elements or Ulead until the you are stuck with Sony.

Quailty of picture and sound very good, easy to use,

only found 2 editing programs that will accept .M2TS files, Sony Vegas and Nero 8. A little expensive, around $2400 Australian.

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


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


Minimum illumination:2

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



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


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:6.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 54
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.3Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
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:Y
Lens focal range:1.8-2.9
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):4.6
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800


Internal storage capacity:100

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123200
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.1

White balance

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