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Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 477 reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. The memory and battery get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the memory.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 user reviews of Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and durability. The price and image quality are also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the viewfinder and memory. Comments are divided on the portability.

usability, image quality, price, durability, size

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90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The HDR-SR12E is the latest HD camcorder to join Sony's hard disk-based range - and we like it!

The HDR-SR12E exudes quality. It has Sony's characteristically solid build and is packed with clever design features. We still love Canon's HF10 for its smaller size, lower price and use of convenient flash memory. It also has a few more manual...

May, 2008

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-SR12E review

 

Want to shoot 15 hours of Full HD video at a stretch? You'll be needing Sony's 120GB camcording beast then, wont you?

The marker has been laid down. Sony's pulled off another AVCHD stunner that will be hard to beat this year

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12's big differentiator is its built-in 120GB hard drive, which holds more than 14 hours of video at its highest quality setting. Both the image quality and the storage capacity are impressive, but unless you need to record...

Although the Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 is a very good HD camcorder, it costs far more than HD camcorders that deliver similar quality and features. The key question for potential buyers is whether massive storage capacity and great-quality video hold...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR12E review

 

There are smaller, better-performing camcorders in this group but nothing as desirable as the HDR-SR12E. It looks incredible and feels tough, but it's the large 3.2in LCD that got us really excited.

May, 2008

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 review

 

I used to think that hard-drive models would take over the camcorder market as miniDV slowly faded into the horizon. I've since changed my tune after using flash-based models, especially those that include some onboard memory. However, if you shoot a...

Excellent video and performance; impressive still photos for a camcorder; adequate manual controls; nice CAM CTL dial; docking station included.

No wind filter; doesn't include mini HDMI cable.

Sony's Handycam HDR-SR11 and SR12 60GB hard-drive-based AVCHD camcorders deliver top notch performance and image quality.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew Gould (techsmart.co.za)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

A very attractive HD video camera with lots of recording space thanks to the 120GB hard-disk.

Attractive look, 120GB hard-disk space.

Not much really, although it is expensive, but one expects that.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (techworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 can record over a dozen hours of great-looking AVCHD video onto its 120GB hard drive, but it comes at a hefty price.

Although the Sony Handycam HDR-SR12 is a very good HD camcorder, it costs far more than HD camcorders that deliver similar quality and features. The key question for potential buyers is whether massive storage capacity and great-quality video hold...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The Sony HDR-SR12E is a full HD video recorder with a high bit rate at 16Mbps that can take up to 48 hours of video recording. It contains a 120 GB hard drive and is fitted with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom. Users also get to...

A stomping great video monster that packs more memory than a herd of elephants into a beautifully crafted shell lighter than an aardvark (as long as aardvarks weighs 561g or more). Pure class. Sony HDR-SR12E has no tags.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (macuser.co.uk)

Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD Camcorder

 

As AVCHD grabs an increasing share of the HD camcorder market, it's encouraging to see Sony providing the HDR-SR12 with a microphone input and dedicated headphone output, in addition to enabling full specification 1920 x 1080i high-definition video...

What is strange, however, is Sony's continued use of only 50i interlaced frame scanning rather than the 25p progressive frame scan preferred by more discriminating users. It's a key feature that other makers - Canon and Panasonic, in particular - have...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : CB (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD High Definition Camcorder

 

Sony's impressive HD cam has pretty much everything a serious user might need - great handling, dual-media recording, HDMI, mic input, headphone output and a viewfinder as well as touch-screen LCD. So why the absense of a 1080p Progressive mode?

The HDR-SR12 (like is lesser-endowed SR11 sibling) is a fabulous HD camcorder that generates hugely impressive full-specification 1920x1080 HD video pictures using the revolutionary AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) compression system. Switch off the auto mode...

Jun, 2008

Price comparison for Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

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CeX Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High-Def, C
Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High-Def, C
£120.00 TO SHOP
Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera Black One Size
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£219.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder, B
Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder, B
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX240E, C
Sony HDR-CX240E, C
£50.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB, B
Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB, B
£55.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-PJ240E HD, B
Sony HDR-PJ240E HD, B
£70.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam, B
Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam, B
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, B
Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, B
£140.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX240E, A
Sony HDR-CX240E, A
£70.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-PJ620, C
Sony HDR-PJ620, C
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX330E, C
Sony HDR-CX330E, C
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-XR500 120GB High-Def, B
Sony HDR-XR500 120GB High-Def, B
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, A
Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, A
£160.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX330E, B
Sony HDR-CX330E, B
£65.00 TO SHOP
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Sony Handycam HDR-PJ240, B
£68.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 1080, B
Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 1080, B
£100.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-XR550, C
Sony HDR-XR550, C
£140.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX280E Camcorder, B
Sony HDR-CX280E Camcorder, B
£85.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX240E, B
Sony HDR-CX240E, B
£60.00 TO SHOP

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