Pros Big LCD screen, 5.1 recording, massive disk space, quick transfers
Cons Lots of noise in low-lights, built-in mic picks up hard drive sounds
Summary I bought this camera about a month ago and i figured spending $1000CAN on a camcorder should bring me an amazing consumer level camera. Since I have never owned a video camera before, I will say that this camera exceeded my expectations on nearly all levels. But there is one major problem I have noticed: when recording in very quiet situations the sounds of the camera's hard drive and even the zoom lens can be heard on the recordings!! This is very frustrating!! I have tried two different Sony HDD cameras and they seem to be plagued with this problem. Perhaps my settings are incorrect on the sound settings? If anyone else has this problem, please let me know, or how I can fix this! Thanks.
Overall, a great camera though.
Pros Nice Large LCD - Amazing picture, color and sound
Cons LCD controls everything.Stills not great.Need Very fast PC
Summary Finally, I bought a camcorder, my first camcorder ever.
I‘ve been shopping for almost 2 years. Did not like the DVD/tapes idea. When I heard about the hard disk, I preferred to wait.
I Almost bought the new standard DCR-SR100 ($1,000) last week, then finally went for this new high definition HDR-SR1 ($1,500), and thank God I did. Once you get used to the nice large LCD of the HDR-SR1, you cannot even stand to look at the smaller screen of DCR-SR100
I got the HDR-SR1 for almost 4 days now.
The cam itself Looks great, Nice and heavy. The LCD screen is nice and big.
Watching videos on the LCD is awesome. Picture is perfect. Every thing is so detailed. Colors are amazing. Dolby Sound is awesome.
Playing back videos on my regular 20” TV is very sharp and crisp. Just like watching a TV program. Love it.
You can shoot Videos, either in High definition or standard modes which is nice.
The first thing I noticed is that the plastic cover of the DC power jack is very flimsy. Feels like it is ready to snap or break when you move it to charge the camera.
Holding the camera with the right hand, the operating buttons are little confusing and not that comfortable to use, but I guess it just a matter of time until you get used to them.
The LCD screen controls everything. Yes it is very cool to use, but lots of touching and finger prints. I had to buy an LCD cleaner yesterday. I have a feeling that that LCD won’t last long.
Photo stills are not that great if you are used to a good digital camera.
Transferring data to my dual processor Pentium-3 PC using their software took along time, more than 1/2 hour to transfer like 10 pics and 5 HD videos. Maybe I should try windows explorer copy and paste next time.
Playing back the standard definition videos on my pc was OK, but playing the high definition ones was very bad. Video and sound are very choppy. Manual says that I need Pentium-4 or higher to play the HD videos. Ook then!
Not very easy to understand what to do with the software. I am still learning but so far I am not enjoying the PC experience. I will look into how and if I can edit videos tonight.
Overall, I am very happy with it, but hope that its price won’t drop down soon, so I don’t feel like I got cheatedUpdated
Sorry, my review was ment for the HDR-SR1- not the DCR-SR100 cam.
Pros Great video, great audio. Easy to transfer to the PC.
Cons Editing MPEG2 looks to be a challenge.
Summary Have had this camera for a week and love it so far. Easy to use and easy to manage file transfers. LCD is nice and bright, and large enough for the touch screen functions. I have no complaints about the LCD touch screen though CNET is not a fan. Biggest issue looks to be working with MPEG-2 in editing software. Highly recommend the camera.
Pros no tapes. fits comfortably in your hand.
Cons none. maybe a bit pricey.
Summary Picture is great during playback both on TV and PC. the color is much better compared to the pictures on cameras that run on tapes.
buyer beware: Do not buy from online companies that has lower prices. lower prices advertised exludes accessories from the box. factory sealed box for SR100 icludes, charger, FP60 battery, USB cable and DVD to program your computer. if you are getting a price that is lower than $900.00, ask if they are pricing this camera without the supplies accessories that originally came with the camera.
Pros Hard drive with good quality
Cons There is no way to input your own audio or microphone.
Summary I had to return this camera. I was very disapointed with a brand I had learned to trust.
With the DCR DR100 there is no way to input your own microphones or audio into the camera. The propriatory plugs also make it expensive $39 to output S-Video.
There is also no way to record into a high quality AVI file. The camera automatically compresses into an MP3 at a very reduced wuality.
Sony... you can do a lot better than that.