Sony DCR SR200 Review

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The Sony DCR SR200 is lightweight, feature packed easy to use camcorder for individual and family purpose. It is an easy point and shoot video camera that leaves the users little cause to worry with the focus and exposure settings. The image quality is excellent with its convenient 2.1 mega pixel still while in video mode, an easy connect base, and mpg video format supported by the camera. The camera records stills to the hard drive eliminating the need of a memory stick altogether. But, it has to be used to transfer video and stills to the computer from the 40 GB hard disc drive.

The Sony DCR SR200 can be directly connected to the TV to watch video. Unfortunately, when a filter or an auxiliary lens is attached to the camcorder the flash is disabled. This poses a serious limitation to the users who wish to enhance the picture quality. The SR200 can also connect directly to a printer using the Pict Bridge feature and print images eliminating the process of copying images to the PC first.

Moreover, the SR200 is a little slow in connecting to the PC. There is also a slow motion feature but it can only capture a couple of seconds. It allows for clicking pictures while shooting the video also but it lets the users take only a couple of photos during shooting videos. The SR200 is also equipped with a powerful surround sound function that produces great audio coupled with an equally good video quality.

However, the SR200 does not have a USB port or video output options on the camera itself making the data transfer process tedious. The Sony SR200 is an expensive camera but power packed with a host of usable features that are handy and value for money like good quality video, compact size and good still pictures.

Product Description

The DCR-SR200 is the best of both video and still worlds. Its dual record mode even lets you take 2.3 Megapixel photos while recording video. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos and digital still photography performance. Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating for increased contrast. The DCR-SR200 will also record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with a built-in microphone. Enjoy your personal home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

The 2.7-inch Wide (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. A unique Shock Absorber protects the Hard Disk Drive from physical damage. Super SteadyShot(R) Picture Stabilization System Super NightShot(R) Infrared System Scene Modes – Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, Sunrise & Sunset and Twilight SteadyShot Image Stabilization Built-in 5.1 channel microphone 35mm Equivalent Optics/Lens – 41.3-485 (16 – 9 Camera Mode), 50.5-594mm (4 – 3 Camera Mode), 40.4-404mm (16 – 9 Memory Mode) and 37-370mm (4 – 3 Memory Mode) Shutter Speed – Auto, 1/2-1/500 Compatibility – Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home and XP Professional Dimensions – 3 x 3 1/8 x 5 7/8 inch (76x78x149mm) Weight – 1 pounds 2 ounces (535 grams) with supplied battery

Technical Details

40-gigabyte hard drive stores over 25 hours of long-play video or over 8 hours of high-quality video

2.1-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor for crystal-clear video and still images

10x optical zoom; 80x digital zoom

2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display

Handycam Station included