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Brand: Sony
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You're always making memories, why stop capturing them? The DCR-SR45 Handycam® camcorder is ready when you are, with a built-in 30GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for storage and up to 20 hours of recording time (LP). A generous 2.7" Touch Panel LCD Monitor keeps all the controls at your fingertips, while a 40x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom keeps all the action up close and personal. And when it comes time to share your memories, it couldn't be easier than with the One Touch Disc Burn capability and the Memory Stick Duo media slot. The DCR-SR45 brings simplicity back to video sharing.

1/8" Advanced HAD CCD Imager, 680K Pixels (Gross)
1/8" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 680K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance.

40X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom
The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition the Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.

2.7" Wide1 (16:9) Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (211K Pixels)
The 2.7" Wide1 (16:9) LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Hybrid Recording to Hard Disk Drive or Memory Stick® Media
Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to the camcorder's internal hard disk drive, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick Duo media or Memory Stick PRO Duo media. You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the hard disk drive to Memory Stick media -- without using a PC. Images recorded or transferred to Memory Stick media can then be played directly on a PS3 or PC to share your memories with friends and family.

Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Slot
Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices (sold separately).

Quick On
Missing an important scene can be frustrating, especially if the reason is because your camcorder is turned off. With the Quick On feature, the touch of a single button places that camcorder in Sleep mode. Another push instantly wakes the camcorder, so you'll always be ready to capture special moments.

Built-in zoom microphone with 5.1ch recording
Featuring Dolby® Ditigal 5.1 Creator, the built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.

Easy Handycam Button
Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people. With a press of the Easy Handycam Button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are "locked out," letting you focus only the buttons essential for recording.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar lenses are designed specifically for compact camcorders, and utilize precision ground optics to maintain the sharpness and contrast found with larger lenses.

USB 2.0 Interface
The USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

InfoLITHIUM® Battery with AccuPower Meter System
Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so you're free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

Stamina® Battery Power Management System
When using the Sony InfoLITHIUM® Battery, the Stamina® Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge.

Battery Information
At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. When using the LCD screen or viewfinder, the display will show how much the battery is charged -- in 10% increments -- and the recordable time left.

Fader Effects
Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black and White.

Scene Selection Modes
Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

Picture Effects
Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia.

Face Index
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

Manual Focus
Manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.

One Touch Disc Burn
Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect the camcorder to your PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button.

On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons
For additional control of the camcorder, Zoom and Record buttons are features on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows for more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

Progressive Shutter System
A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.

Super NightShot® Infrared System
With the Super NightShot Infrared System, you can capture video in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away.

Multi-Language Menu
Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 8 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable to operate(7), Durable(3), Great features(5), Great picture quality(7), Great sound(3)
Best Uses:
Family(5), Movies/short films(4), Outdoor events / games(4), Travel(5)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(4)
 
Sony DCR-SR45 30gh Handycam Camcorder
By Nana GayVerified Purchaser from Saginaw, Tx on 10/8/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Cons:
Poor Battery Life
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Movies/Short Films, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Video Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

The zoom feature is not easy to operate smoothly and makes movies choppy. The battery life is poor!

 
Big camera in a small package!
By XL-flyerVerified Purchaser from Wausau,WI on 9/9/2008
Pros:
Great Picture Quality
Cons:
Needs ext audio input
Best Uses:
Church Sermons
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Videographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

A little small for a grown mans hand.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
IT DOES THE WORK
By PAPICHULOVerified Purchaser from SAN DIEGO,CA on 8/14/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Family
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

I USE THIS FOR FAMILY THATS ALL, I WISH THAT WHEN YOU TURN IT ON AND OFF THE LENS COVER WOULD BE AUTOMATIC NOT MANUAL

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
All you need
By bambam from near Texas on 5/10/2008
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Night vision Excellent, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Your prviate home movies
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

Have owned this HDCAM for over a year now,, very nice.. not one con.. the night vision is so helpful for your home videos, it will spice up your sex life..

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
"Great Zoom & No Shake"
By Kathryn the tax preparer from Spring TX on 5/9/2008
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Cons:
Can't find one
Best Uses:
Affordable Monocular
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

I wanted a pair of zoom, image stabilizing binoculars but, who can afford 40X zoom binoculars- if they're even made. This camera fits that and more. Great image at max zoom.
Also bought a 3x lens now I have 120x optical zoom!

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Striking ,it is a fact......find it
By kidu from Adoor on 4/16/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

Promise, its a wonder 4 u.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera, even for a novice
By A Novice Movie ProducerVerified Reviewer from Rockville, MD on 3/10/2008
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Cons:
Focus timing
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

I love using this camera. I have been able to produce and edit some great family movies with it as well as some mini movie productions for friends. It really is quite simple to use... almost idiot proof. downloading the video clips to my computer was very simple as well.
The only problem I had with the camera was with the auto focus. Sometimes it took too long to focus or went in and out of focus and took a few seconds to re-adjust, which can be frustrating when you are trying to capture an event with children that move around a lot!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
very good product
By ally from algonquin, il on 3/2/2008
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality
Best Uses:
Family, Special Events, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Handycam Camcorder:

everything's good so far....

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