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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and price are overall positive. The size and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and color, while reviews about the battery and image quality are different.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX33 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the battery and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews about the color.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery


98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - BlueSony DCRSX33EL Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder - Blue

Dec, 2018

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Great picture for size and weight it wasn't in the way when not being used

Nothing bad to say

Jul, 2013

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX33


Size, weight and ease of use. Record time on SD cards. Quality of manufacture.

As a standard vision the picture quality is adequate, however does not have the sharpness and detail of HD. This was a prize in a competition and I am lucky to have won, however had I bought myself then I would have invested a little more money in the...

May, 2012

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quick and easy to use, good battery life and ample room on memory cards

when recording wish you could pause. end up with lots of files

Feb, 2012

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Jan, 2012

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Size, weight, screen, colour, lens cover, zoom & all accessories that come with it.

Would be better with a faster shutter speed as I use it for teaching (golf).

Dec, 2011

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It's very portable. Easy to use. Tremendous optical zoom, very impressed with it's range in such a small unit. Good quality lens. The SD card is very convenient for storage.

It's so small and light that I need to use a chest pod or monopod to support it for reasonable results. It doesn't have any means of attaching a lens hood or filter. ( I realise that the more expensive units would have this facility, however, it would...

Dec, 2011

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Dec, 2011

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Light and compact. Easy to use. Good quality recording.

Oct, 2011

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Not really into video, but on a recent trip to china I found it very easy to use, especially being able to switch between video and stills.

Oct, 2011

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Compact, ligtweight, quality zoom lens Zoom control options on touchscreen

Noise pickup when using zoom control on top of camera.

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

60x optical zoom with SteadyShot Recording on memory card Face detection 800k CCD sensor SteadyShot 6.7cm/2.7" wide clear photo LCD Power on by LCD Video light Direct copy DVDirect express compatibility Stereo sound Face index and film roll index Works with iMovie


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FV30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV30

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:3
Progressive Scan: No


Colour of product:Blue

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2 / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Touchscreen: Yes

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:Fireworks / Twilight portrait / Portrait mode / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / Sunrise


Built-in Flash: No


Face detection: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44 - 2640
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.41Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:490Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Black / White
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):1.8
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: No

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:White fader / Black fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes