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(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: Sony
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Complete the picture. The HDR-SR12 Handycam® camcorder delivers an incredible, Full HD 1920 x 1080 high definition video package built around an internal 120GB hard disk drive. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens and ClearVid CMOS sensor (with Exmor technology) and BIONZ image processor let you capture crisp, detailed video and still images. Additionally, Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization and Face Detection technology help reduce blur, increase color and contrast, and make everyone look their best.

1920x1080 Recording
Record stunning, incredibly detailed video footage in the clarity of 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

Face Detection for Video Footage and Digital Still Photos
Made possible by the BIONZ image processing engine, Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame and automatically controls focus, exposure, and color to help capture smiling faces brightly and clearly. Face Detection also helps make skin tones look natural without affecting other colors in the image.

5 Megapixel ClearVid CMOS Sensor (with Exmor Technology) and BIONZ Image Processor
Sony's newly designed CMOS image sensor delivers bright, vivid, and spectacularly detailed 5 megapixel (effective) video footage, as well as 10.2 megapixel still images -- all with prolonged battery life. Exmor technology captures images with high resolution and high sensitivity. In addition, the advanced Sony BIONZ image processor improves camera response time and screens out noise so the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible.

BIONZ Image Processor
The advanced Sony BIONZ Image Processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that improves camera response time, screens out noise before RAW data conversion, handles Dynamic Range Optimization processing, and prolongs battery life.

Exmor Imaging Sensor
Exmor technology captures video and still photo images with high resolution, high sensitivity, and exceptional detail. Advanced on-sensor A/D conversion yields rich tonal reproduction with high signal-to-noise ratio.

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.

Dual Record
While recording video in High Definition you have the ability to capture still images directly to Memory Stick Duo media (sold separately).

12X Optical / 150X Digital Zoom
The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

3.2" Wide1 (16:9) Touch Panel XtraFine LCD Display (921K pixels)
The 3.2" Wide1 (16:9) XtraFine LCD screen displays sharp, bright, photo-quality images, letting you compose and share video and still images more easily -- even outdoors. With nearly 1 megapixel (921K pixels) resolution and a wide viewing angle, the XtraFine LCD screen is like having a high-resolution video and photo viewer built into your camcorder.

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.

Dolby® Digital 5.1ch Recording
Record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with the camcorder’s built-in microphone. Recording in 5.1 channel surround sound allows you to experience your home movies with active sounds coming from all directions, so you can enjoy your personal home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
Powered by the exclusive Sony’s BIONZ high-speed processing engine, D-Range Optimization preserves image data in bright highlights, such as suppressing “whiteout” in skies. When shooting in backlit settings, D-Range Optimization reveals more detail in shadows, preventing “blackout.” As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene.

Tele Macro Function
Images shot in the Tele Macro Mode help your subject stand out by properly focusing the subject while leaving the background unfocussed. The Tele Macro Mode is useful for shooting close-up shots, especially when you need to prevent the camcorder from casting a shadow on the subject.

Switchable HD/SD Format Recording
Record and play back both High Definition (HD)4 and Standard Definition (SD) video.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T Lens
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T lenses use highly advanced optics to deliver vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The additional T coating further reduces unwanted glare and flare for increased contrast and color.

Active Interface Shoe
Sony’s proprietary hot shoe makes it easy to use Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, by providing power and on/off capability directly from the camcorder.

HDMI Connection with BRAVIA® Sync (CEC) Technology
HDMI connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and 5.1 channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable. With BRAVIA® Sync (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA TV remote.

USB 2.0 Interface
The USB 2.0 interface6 provides an easy way to connect yourcamcorder 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.

Built-in Intelligent Flash
For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows.

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.

Date Index Function
Search recorded content by shooting date to quickly and easily find a specific scene.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable to operate(6), Durable(5), Great features(6), Great picture quality(6), Great sound(4)
Best Uses:
Family(3), Home movies(3), Travel(3)
Describe Yourself:
Casual user(3)
 
more than I hope
By Guillermo S. RG ProdutionsVerified Purchaser from Zapopan Jalisco Mexico on 3/2/2009
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home Movies
Describe Yourself:
Video Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

All is perfect, I use to Home videos and is the best invertion

 
Just Love it - shape, options, easy
By Muhammad Ali YousufVerified Reviewer from Karachi, Pakistan on 11/30/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

I love it due to the options available specially high quality zooming not just for video but for audio too.... Great work SONY!!!

 
Great Camcorder
By RedVerified Purchaser from Batesville, In on 11/26/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

The HD movie quality is great. It works well with a Mac computer. No software needed. If you do not want to edit the video,the Sony DVD recorder is simple to use and very fast.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
this product is great
By NeNeVerified Purchaser from West Palm Beach, FL on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Sports
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

I just love this thing it is so easy to operate

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
This camera reigns supreme!
By Adjuster KenVerified Purchaser from Davie, Florida on 8/25/2008
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Family
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

For the price of this baby, let me tell you, it "rocks." For what you pay for this piece of highly sophisticated photographic equipment, you get it all. Talk about "bang" for your buck? How about a miniature atomic explosion to go with the "bang." The quality of the digitalized motion picture is to die for. It is truely outstanding. Also, still photos are breathtakingly clear and sharp. The camera is lightweight and also, easy to use. And dispell the theory of one being computer literate to use this. Not at all. Anyone, that is, after having read the directions will be able in no time to obtain professional results with this camera. One great feature of the camera is that you can obtain movies while at the same time, obtain still photos. The camera utilizes touch screen technology to access its functions. For what you pay for this camera, you cannot ask for more. I have been a photographer for over the past 30 years. I personally swear by this camera. Anyone else using it will too. The only downside is that at times it is a bit challenging at time to access the still photo shutter, and this is especially so while at the same time obtaining moving pictures. However, with a little practice, you will quickly overcome this minor problem. Aside from this, the future is now, with this camera. For what it provides, you cannot do better. It is a joy to operate. You will never tire of pulling the camera out to obtain photos when the need arises. The photos/motion picture this camera produces will make you look like an expert photographer, even if you are not. And at a price which will not break the bank or otherwise, put you in financial ruin.

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[12 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

 
i love this cam
By titaVerified Reviewer from waukegan il on 4/25/2008
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
Poor Battery Life
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 HDR-SR12 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

everything about this cammera is great the pics are great quality and so are the videos the hd on my 1080p tv is phenomenal and the dock makes it easy to share my pics and videos with my family i think anyone that buys this cam will love it and all of its feats. batt is the only downfall it is only about 1.5hrs to 2hrs long needs bigger batt.

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