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Sony HDR-SR12 / SR12E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 487 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. Reviewers really like the size and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the control panel and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (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 appreciated. Many are critical about the memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, durability

memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MPSony HDR-SR12E HD Hard Disc Drive Handycam - 10MP

2017-12

Consumer review by: (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. Reviews about the design and durability are generally positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the viewfinder and memory, and views are divided on the portability.

usability, image quality, price, durability, design

color, memory, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomSony HDR-SR12 10.2MP 120GB High Definition Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

2017-12

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12E

 

The hard disk-based HDR-SR12E is the star attraction of Sony's 2008 handycam line-up. With its huge 120GB capacity and maximum video resolution of 192...

120GB inbuilt hard drive, memory stick slot for additional recording, vibrant high-definition video quality, 10.1Mp stills mode, solid picture quality in dim lighting

Price

The HDR-SR12E may be a little more expensive than most of its rivals, but it represents a bargain nonetheless. It ticks all the major boxes that make a great camcorder; including superb image quality and ease-of-use.

2008-04

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-SR12 E

 

120GB inbuilt hard drive, memory stick slot for additional recording, vibrant high-definition video quality, 10.1Mp stills mode, solid picture quality in dim lighting

Price

The HDR-SR12E may be a little more expensive than most of its rivals, but it represents a bargain nonetheless. It ticks all the major boxes that make a great camcorder; including superb image quality and ease-of-use.

2008-04

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...

2008-10

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-SR12

 

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...

Huge storage capacity ; Excellent video quality

High price tag ; Records only 60i video

The 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.

2008-10

Expert review by: Jackson Lynch (wired.com)

Review: Sony HDR-SR12

 

The world of amateur video cameras has become like some sort of nauseating spin on the Zipper. On one end of the spectrum there are...

Excellent AVCHD video quality got better this time around. Extra-wide 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD is a big bonus. Outstanding sound quality

Massive internal hard drive makes it somewhat chunky and a bit of a load to carry. The Easy button should be bigger and easier to find. And it should be red. Yeah, red and all glow-y

2008-08

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

2008-07

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.

2008-05

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...

2008-05

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.

2008-04

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

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.

2008-04

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing:N
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black
LED indicators:Y

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.8cm
Height:7.6cm
Weight:0.56kg
Width:8.3cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.13 / 81.3

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash

Built-in Flash:Y / Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-SR12E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):3810000
Optical sensor resolution:5560000
Optical sensor size:1/0.122
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10 / 10.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 480
Focal length range (f-f):4.9 - 58.8
Image stabilizer:Y
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:58.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.08Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.81Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.66Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.2 mm ( 1/3.1" ) / 8.2 mm ( 1/3.1 )
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:1
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Fader:Y
Lens focal range:1.8 - 3.1
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y
Pastel:Y
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Power requirements:4.3 - 4.5 W
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Spotlight:Y
Twilight:Y
Video Out:1 / SD, HD

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port:N
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/3 - 1/425

Storage

Internal storage capacity:120

Video

Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123200
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123200
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8 / 138
Height :7.6 / 76
Weight:560
Width:8.3 / 83

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes