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Sony DCR-SX45E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews of Sony DCR-SX45E. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the viewfinder and durability. Opinions are divided on the color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SX45E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-SX45E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX45E from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and reliability. The portability and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the color and image quality.

usability, size, portability, reliability, design

zoom, image quality, color

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX45ES Handycam Camcorder - Silver (60x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Touch LCD)Sony DCRSX45ES Handycam Camcorder - Silver (60x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Touch LCD)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-SX45E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 170 user reviews of Sony DCR-SX45E from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but the viewfinder and durability get critical reviews.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

durability, viewfinder

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder (Blue)Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder (Blue)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR review: Sony Handycam DCR


The Handycam DCR-SX series is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition ultracompact camcorder. It's made up of three models that differ only by storage amounts: the SX45 has no internal memory; the SX65 has 4GB built in; and the SX85 has 16GB of...

The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 are easy-to-use ultracompact camcorders with good active electronic image stabilization and a built-in USB cable for quick uploads.

The DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 produce very soft and noisy video with noticeable fringing on subjects even at small sizes. There are no mic or headphone jacks, and the electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

Jun, 2011

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Great product at a great price


I am very pleased with this product. It does everything I want from a camcorder at a reasonable price. Very light with intuitive controls. Only criticism is that the battery charger seems too heavy for the size of the machine - meaning it is weighty &...

Apr, 2012

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Amazing camcorder


i had a flip and it was ok video but terrible mic now my mic is amazing and great video quality to.

easy to use, great zoom, amazing camera

mic isn't the best but better than flip

Jun, 2012

Consumer review (

Great little camcorder!


I received this camcorder on Christmas, and so far I love it! It has a lot of features that I like such as touch screen controls, easy settings, steadyshot, and a built in USB. It's very easy to use, I charged it and simply set the date and started...

small, easy to use w/touch screen controls, great lens

had to "reset" battery once to record

Dec, 2011

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Handycam DCR-SX45/B 60X Zoom Digital Camcorder


Easy to use, great picture quality, easy to learn.

Jun, 2011

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Love this little guy!


SO easy to use, Great size and weight. So compact to transport. Has all the easy connections for your computer, TV and my only regret is that I waited SO long to purchase this! BUY ONE!

Jun, 2011

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Simple to use and worth the investment


For a low cost entry level video camera the Sony DCRSX45 is an excellent choice. While it doesn't have an internal memory the flash card is plenty fast. Easy intuitive controls, zoom works well, gets choppy with the digital zoom cranked all the way....

May, 2011

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Good Camera, Superb delivery by flipkart.


Nice Camera, Good functions, 60x zoom is more than you need for such a little camcorder. You need not use the digital zoom facility, (which is 2000x) optical is enough. But you'll have to practice a lot to record in such a high lavel zoom. Its not that...

Sep, 2012

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a great deal


its a superb camcorder to buy.. i got one for my personal use a month back and i am very happy with this product. i got it in deep blue colour. wat attracted me the most was carl zeiss lens which is not available in sx21e series. also it is provided...

Jan, 2012

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Favorite Christmas Gift!


Easy to use!

Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD, Easy to Use, Great Zoom, Zoom range/performance, Great Sound, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV30
Battery voltage:7.2


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:movie, single image, slide show
Minimum illumination:3
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Red / Silver
Tripod mountable: Yes


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash:N


Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.38
Normal focusing range:1.5

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):0.47
Effective megapixels (movie):0.68
Number of CCDs:1
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 1.8 / 25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108 / 1.8 - 6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:6
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.34
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.9
Optical Zoom:60 / 70

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Close-up (macro), Dawn, Dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 6
Auto exposure: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP3+\nWindows Vista SP2+\nWindows 7
Lens focal range:1.8 - 108 mm
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Manual Focus: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.8
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser 5.3
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB A


Camera shutter speed:1/4 - 1/4000
Shutter speed (photo):1/4 - 1/4000 / 1/60 - 1/500
Shutter speed (video):1/4 - 1/4000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:640 x 480
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.21
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:2


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:9
Capture modes:HQ, LP, SP
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480 / 720 x 576
Video formats supported:MPEG2
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,720 x 480


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.22 / 5.25 / 5.7
Width:5.25 / 5.7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto