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Sony Handycam DCR SR290

We have collected and analysed 5 expert reviews and 59 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 71/100 and users rate it 82/100. The average review date is 28-11-2007. We have compared these reviews to 369525 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: 10-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam DCR SR290


alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR290 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the design and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and size.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR290 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD ScreenSony DCR-SR290 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen

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Sony DCR-SR290E Camcorder Review


Record and enjoy up to 28 hours of high quality video and up to 6 Megapixel still images directly onto the 40GB high capacity hard disk drive, without having to worry about additional tapes or discs – high capacity ‘and' high quality.

Sony’s Handycam Station is included with the SR290E and allows you to quickly and easily connect the camcorder to your TV or PC via the analogue and Hi-Speed USB connectors. The One-Touch Disc Burn function records an hour’s worth of video onto DVD via...

May, 2012

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Sony DCR-SR290


The image quality is superb reproduced on a television it is as though you are there It is easy to use. The super steady shot works well

None that I can think of

Sep, 2008

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Sony DCR-SR290


Easy to get to grips with initially (virtually just pick up and go). The computer software requires more effort to master.

Jan, 2008

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Sony DCR-SR290


Everything that it describes in the spec really make this camera stand out.

Dec, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR290


Ease of use, quality of picture and features,

battery power could be better as it gets drained quite quickly,

Dec, 2007

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR290E: A Highly Functional Monstrosity


It was, it is enough to say, difficult for me to come to terms with the Sony Handycam DCR SR290E. My previous video-camera â€" a bastion of unparalleled style and functionality â€" reviewed just a few months ago, came to an untimely demise at the...

Superb quality, excellent battery life

Not the most attractive option

Jun, 2007

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR290E : A Highly Functional Monstrosity


It was, it is enough to say, difficult for me to come to terms with the Sony Handycam DCR SR290E. My previous video-camera - a bastion of unparalleled style and functionality - reviewed just a few months ago, came to an untimely demise at the callous...

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

The Sony Handycam DCR SR290E is the stylish HDD Handycam camcorder. It features a 40GB high capacity hard disk drive for long recording times, ClearVid CMOS sensor for great images and 5.1ch surround sound creator.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FH60
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1.5

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 400
Focal length range (f-f):5.4 - 54
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:5.1ch
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/800


Internal storage capacity:40

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.8