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(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: Sony
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Stop switching tapes and start filming with the DCR-SR42 Handycam camcorder. Capture video on the internal hard disk drive and keep the action close and personal with the amazing zoom.

You?re always making memories. So don?t stop capturing them. The DCR-SR42 Handycam camcorder contains a 30GB built-in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage and up to 20 hours of recording time (LP). A generous 2.5-inch 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 with the One Touch Disc Burn capability and the Memory Stick Duo media slot. The DCR-SR42 puts the simplicity back into shoot and sharing your videos.

1/6-inch Advanced HAD CCD Imager, 680K Pixels Gross - 1/6-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 340K (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.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens - Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

2.5-inch Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) - The 2.5-inch LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with the camcorder using the touch panel. The high resolution 123K pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback.

Handycam Station - Simply placing the camcorder on the supplied Handycam Station cradle provides quick connections to a compatible TV for viewing or a PC for editing and sharing, all while charging the battery so your camcorder is always ready to go.

Memory Stick Duo Media Slot - Capture still images up to 640x480 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo Media for easy transfer to PCs for e-mailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick media compatible devices.
Memory Stick Storage Capacity - Available storage capacity of Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media may vary. A portion of the memory is used for data management functions. Actual available memory in MB is: 8-7.5, 16=15, 32=30, 64=61, 128=123, 256=220, 512=460, 1GB=940, 2GB=1.85GB, 4GB=3.66GB.

Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization System - The Picture Stabilization system controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilization systems.

On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons - For additional control of the camcorder, the DCR-SR42 features zoom and record buttons on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows you more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

USB 2.0 Interface - The USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your DCR-SR42 hard disk Handycam camcorder to the computer for fast transfer of video and still images to your computer for editing. The camcorder can also be used as an external storage device, convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still images.

DVDirect Compatibility - The DVDirect system allows for easy transfer to a stand-alone DVD burner via USB 2.0. The VRD-VC30 allows for easy transfer of video for DVD burning. While the VRD-MC3 allows for seamless transfer of both video and still images for archiving on a DVD [DVD burners sold separately].

Easy PC Backup - Effortlessly back up your footage to your PC using the supplied software. Your footage will be archived on your PC''s hard drive by date, making it easily accessible for viewing at a later time.

One Touch Disc Burn - Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect your DCR-SR42 to your PC via the Handycam Station and supplied USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn button.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Smart Protection - A unique shock absorber protects the hard disk drive from physical damage if the unit is dropped. When the 3G Sensor detects a drop (loss of gravity) the power to the hard disk drive is turned off in order to prevent damage. During this time the DCR-SR42 remains powered on and recording video to the built-in buffer. Once the unit has recovered from the drop the buffer is then recorded to the Hard Disk Drive.

Super NightShot Plus Infrared System - With Super NightShot Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 20 feet away using the built-in infrared system, but without the overall monochrome color common with earlier low-light recording systems.

Additional Features

  • Manual Focus
  • Scene Selection Modes
  • Picture Effects
  • Fader Effects
  • Battery Information
  • Easy Handycam Button
  • InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System
  • Tele Macro Function
  • Multi-Language Menu

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
80% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(3)
Pros:
Durable(3), Great picture quality(4), Great sound(5), Simple controls(5), Versatile(3)
Best Uses:
Family(3), Home(3), Outdoor events / games(5), Travel(5)

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
DVD quality & proprietary software bad
By soccerfamVerified Reviewer from Portland, Maine on 10/1/2007
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Cons:
Editing functions lousy, Inadequate Features, Low-Quality Recordings
Best Uses:
Family
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

I bought this camera to take movies of my child paying soccer, which would be edited for submission to college programs. Discovered the included downloading and editing software does not allow you to svae the video in your files - it's only in the program's files. You therefore cannot view or edit it in any of the standard movie programs (imovie or windows movie maker)and the DVD this software allows you to burn (very easy to do) is of significantly lower quality (images are blurry) than what you see when you play it back on your camera or on the TV when you hook the camera up to the TV. As a beginner, I had to hire a pro to look it over for me to see if I just didn't understand how to edit the movie, and he showed me all these problems as we tried to open the video files to edit. I am very disappointed with this part of the camera. It's easy to use, but not very functional for movie editing and quality. I have seen other comments on various sites that say similar things - like, "can only make a DVD to send to gramma, no editing at all" and I agree.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Not a bad little camera
By tiggerbear3Verified Reviewer from Hanau, Germany on 8/6/2007
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Easy to use, Simple Controls, Software easy to install, Versatile
Cons:
Poor Battery Life
Best Uses:
Casual Use, Family, Pets and animals, Special Events, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

When I started looking at camcorders to replace my Mini DV camcorder that got broken, I wanted something that would be easy to use and something that would be in-line with current technology. First understand that this camera is meant for consumers and will probably be obsolete in a year or two.

I read several reviews on several different cameras and I found that most of the reviews said that Sony was best in its class. I have found that this has pretty good video quality. Nothing right now will beat Mini DV, but it's a dying technology. I was able to import the videos and pictures into my computer easily and then edited 3 of my clips with the supplied software. It was nice and easy. I also edited it using Windows Movie Maker and that was just as easy to import. I created a .wmv file and then used Nero to convert to DVD and I played it on my TV and the quality is pretty nice. I also hooked up the camera to the TV set using the supplied AV out cord and the camera had a good quality picture.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Dont judge a book by its cover
By hobbyistVerified Reviewer from Chicago subrbanite on 7/29/2007
Pros:
Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Cons:
Inadequate Features, Onetouch DiscBurn useless
Best Uses:
Family, Special Events, Travel, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Long time handycam owner

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

One touch Disc Burn feature has connector cable that doesn't fit the Camera platform outlet so it's useless. The touch screen is awesome. The pictures are great. Transferring from camera to the PC is the problem. [...]

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
GREAT PRODUCT!!!!!!
By JESSTERVerified Reviewer from KANSAS CITY, MO. on 6/20/2007
Describe Yourself:
Tech Savvy
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

I AM REALLY PLEASED WITH THE PRODUCT. THIS IS GREAT FOR USING FOR EVENTS SUCH AS GRADUATION, FAMILY REUNIONS, AND HOLIDAYS. PLUS, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BUYING TAPES, EITHER.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome Little Camcorder!!!!!
By AdamVerified Reviewer from WA State on 4/14/2007
Describe Yourself:
Tech Savvy
Pros:
Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Cons:
Low Battery Life
Best Uses:
Home, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

Let me start with the Pros vs. the Cons...

Pros: EASY, EASY, EASY TO USE, great video quality, software easy to install and use.

Cons: Battery a bit hard to put on, my camcorder doesn't sit flush against the docking station (I have to hold it down to get the videos to download), battery life is short (90 mins). Spare batteries are on the spendy side.

This camcorder is INCREDIBLY easy to use. I had it out of the box and after the battery charged (120 mins later), I was testing the camcorder out.

All I did was set the "Easy" function (explained in the manual) and I was using the camcorder in a matter of minutes. The Touchpad viewfinder/monitor is awesome, and makes the camcorder extremely user-friendly. This really is a "Point & Shoot" camcorder.

The docking station is very easy to hook up to the computer, by way of the provided USB cable. The video quality of the camcorder looks great on my computer (I'm using Windows XP Home), and the audio quality is just as good as the video quality, on the computer.

I haven't tried hooking the camcorder up to my 40" LCD TV to see how the video looks on that, but I'm perfectly happy with the way it looks and sounds on my computer.

I haven't used the still image function on the camcorder and don't plan to. That's why I have a 5.0 MP digital camera. I use this camcorder strictly for video taking during trips, birthdays, vacations, family gatherings, etc.

I also have not tried the one button "Disc Burn" function yet. But I'll be trying that out some time soon.

This camcorder does have a few downfalls, described above, but the pros FAR outweigh the cons. Also, if you're going to buy this camcorder, you might wanna consider putting out the money to get a good quality carrying case, and an extra battery.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the purchase of my new camcorder, and don't see myself needing another one in the near future.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Easy Operation and Great Video
By banjodarylVerified Reviewer from New Caney ,Texas on 2/19/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Professional Work, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

This video camera exceeds my expectations. It is easy to operate and has great features such as the zoom , you can get upclose for some great video shots.

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