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Sony Handycam DCR SR50E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR50E. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the price. There are some mixed comments about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR50E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR50E from The average user rating for this product is 2.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the size and battery. The design and image quality also get good views. Comments are divided on the portability, while some have doubts about the price.

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33% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

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Sony DCR-SR50E


Easy to use, reasonably quick startup, widescreen, fast PC transfer.

No USB output on camera (must use supplied Handycam station)

Jan, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR50E


Weight, Ease of Use, Ablilty to review video immediately, no searching for content by means of cue and review...

Lacks the ability to convert high quality video down to standard quality which effectivly means that you cannot get about an hour of HQ onto a standard DVD

Jan, 2007

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Sony DCR-SR50E


Typical Sony quality, video clarity and colours first class, very easy to operate.

Spare Sony battery expensive, cheaper non Sony brands alternatives available.

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

The DCR-SR50 is equipped with 30GB hard disk, which gives it recording times from 20 hours 50 minutes in Long Play mode (3 Mbps) to 10 hours 50 minutes in Standard Play (6Mbps). Even in the High Quality 9Mbps mode, the camera can record for a full 7 hours and 20 minutes. When you want to download content from the camera to a PC, the bundled Handycam Station comes into its own. The Station connects to the PC via USB 2.0, providing a high-speed downlink, which activates once the camcorder is seated in place. If desired, a single press of the One Touch DVD Burn button on the side of the station begins a completely automatic download-and-burn process. It really is that simple. To ensure your recordings are safe, the hard disk itself is multiply protected by the Sony HDD Smart Protection System. As you would expect, the first layer of defense against accident consists of specially designed physical shock absorbers, but there is much more. The 3G sensor can detect the sudden acceleration of a fall and instantly auto-park its heads, preventing them or the platters from being damaged by the impact. Better still, if you are filming at the time the camera will buffer the video stream until the drive is stable and operational again before writing the stored data to disk. Nothing will be lost.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.1Mpix/1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG