Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition Camcorder, HDR-SR5E Camcorder with Windows Vista

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This handycam is absolutely brilliant. It records video/audio wonderfully. To be honest, i haven’t used it as a camera so can not comment on the part. The sony software installed without problems and i use it to create dvds and hd roms.

I’ve never seen anything like it. If you can afford this camera then please buy it. I just received this as a very generous birthday present and i must say im in awe. The quality when hooked up to a hd tv is absolutely incredible. I cant speak about whether it is the best, or whether others work better on 1080p or whatever. All i can say is that whether its indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, day or night (it has night vision) this camera produces ridiculously good results. It is easy to hook up to your telly or pc through a stand that comes with it. One-touch dvd burning (although it says to put the dvds into blu ray players, not into dvd players. I guess when blu ray becomes more widespread you’ll be able to burn straight onto blu ray discs). This is one thing i havent tried yet since i dont have dvd-rw discs at home at the moment.

Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition Camcorder

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  • High Definition recording on 40GB Hard Disc Drive – up to 15.10 hours recording time(AVCHD Format)
  • AVCHD / MEPG2 (SD) recording switchability
  • ClearVid CMOS sensor for a better picture quality
  • Enhanced Imaging Processor
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
  • 10x optical zoom / 80x Digital zoom
  • 2.7″ Wide Hybrid Clear photo LCD plus with touch panel
  • Wide Colour Viewfinder
  • 4 Megapixels still image recording
  • Built in Flash
  • Dual Rec : Capability to capture up to 2 Megapixels still image while recording movies
  • Smooth slow Rec
  • HDMI output for HD ready TV
  • USB 2.0 in / out
  • Video, S-video and component output
  • Up to 3hrs continous recording time (with additionnal battery)

Hdr-sr5e camcorder with windows vista. Fanatastic camcorder with excellent features. I run in hd – high quality mode and you get 5 hours+ on the hdd. Alot of people in reviews talk about a slight ‘clicking’ on the movies. (the microphone picking up the accessing of the hdd). Honsestly you can hardly tell. Who records in complete silence anyway?if you can afford it maybe go to the next model up. Sr7e which has an eye-piece viewfinder to save the battery. The sr5e has to use the lcd. You can turn off the back light if you are that concerned or just buy another battery.

I have just brought this camcorder from currys and i have to say its by far the best hdd, hd camcorder. I zoomed in to my skin and you can see every pore, every hair in amazing detail (which maybe is a bit to real and showed up every flaw.Damn camera) it has really amazed me. Colours are gr8 and accurate, pictures are sharp and 5. Dont even think about buying any other camcorder. I assure u if u have a hdtv you will be amazed.Ok so its a bit steep price wise but if you want hd then go for this its mint.

I’ve never seen anything like it. If you can afford this camera then please buy it. I just received this as a very generous birthday present and i must say im in awe. The quality when hooked up to a hd tv is absolutely incredible. I cant speak about whether it is the best, or whether others work better on 1080p or whatever. All i can say is that whether its indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, day or night (it has night vision) this camera produces ridiculously good results. It is easy to hook up to your telly or pc through a stand that comes with it. One-touch dvd burning (although it says to put the dvds into blu ray players, not into dvd players. I guess when blu ray becomes more widespread you’ll be able to burn straight onto blu ray discs). This is one thing i havent tried yet since i dont have dvd-rw discs at home at the moment.

Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB High Definition Camcorder : I have not been through all the other reviews as i thought something as serious as this would have been highlighted early. When attempting one touch disc burn the message cannot find drive appears. I read the guide that comes with this model but there was nothing about this problem. I went to google to find an answer and was amazed to find several other people are looking for the same answer. I took my pc to my local it guy and after two days intensive work he reported it fixed. The answer for anyone thinking of purchasing this excellent camcorder is very simple. The software in picture motion browser conflicts with third party disc burn software i. All third party disc burn software must be disabled to enable copying of video to a removable disc. Apart from this problem that had me scratching my head for days with no apparent updates from sony to provide a fix i am very happy with the camcorder.

Already for bat surveys and the image is very good and it is really easy to use. I’ve used it twice already for bat surveys and the image is very good and it is really easy to use. Also i needed this to arrive quickly and the seller responded promptly and upgraded the postage to express.

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Already for bat surveys and the image is very good and it is really easy to use. I’ve used it twice already for bat surveys and the image is very good and it is really easy to use. Also i needed this to arrive quickly and the seller responded promptly and upgraded the postage to express.

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Excellent hd camcorder very please with it cannot fault it just what i was looking for.
I got this camera the other day and sent it back. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really good, but i was after a full-hd camcorder (1920×1080), not 1440×1080. If you’re not bothered about the resolution, then this camera is for you. Great image and sound quality with lots of functions.
I got this camera the other day and sent it back. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really good, but i was after a full-hd camcorder (1920×1080), not 1440×1080. If you’re not bothered about the resolution, then this camera is for you. Great image and sound quality with lots of functions.

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Hdr-sr5e camcorder with windows vista. Fanatastic camcorder with excellent features. I run in hd – high quality mode and you get 5 hours+ on the hdd. Alot of people in reviews talk about a slight “clicking” on the movies. (the microphone picking up the accessing of the hdd). Honsestly you can hardly tell. Who records in complete silence anyway?if you can afford it maybe go to the next model up. Sr7e which has an eye-piece viewfinder to save the battery. The sr5e has to use the lcd. You can turn off the back light if you are that concerned or just buy another battery.
Hdr-sr5e camcorder with windows vista. Fanatastic camcorder with excellent features. I run in hd – high quality mode and you get 5 hours+ on the hdd. Alot of people in reviews talk about a slight “clicking” on the movies. (the microphone picking up the accessing of the hdd). Honsestly you can hardly tell. Who records in complete silence anyway?if you can afford it maybe go to the next model up. Sr7e which has an eye-piece viewfinder to save the battery. The sr5e has to use the lcd. You can turn off the back light if you are that concerned or just buy another battery.
After reading all the above reviews it makes me feel that they must have been written by sony employees. I’ve just purchased one of these cameras, mainly because i’ve had a long allegiance to sony and have been somewhat disappointed to say the least. The quality of the images are good provided that it is in a bright, well lit environment, but try to record in low light levels (without the slow shutter which is useless for moving objects) and and it really fails to impress. My old sony digital 8 camcorder was a lot better in this respect. The camera does not give you the ability to switch resolution unlike some other hd camcorders. I would have liked to have had the option to switch to 720p but you can only have 1080i- fine if you’ve got a 1080i tv set. The other problem with 1080i is the frame rate- much too slow for moving images whereas 720p will provide twice the framerate i. Another major problem i have found with this camera is its autofocus- seriously slow and again if lighting levels are low which leads to another problem- accessing the manual focus.
After reading all the above reviews it makes me feel that they must have been written by sony employees. I’ve just purchased one of these cameras, mainly because i’ve had a long allegiance to sony and have been somewhat disappointed to say the least. The quality of the images are good provided that it is in a bright, well lit environment, but try to record in low light levels (without the slow shutter which is useless for moving objects) and and it really fails to impress. My old sony digital 8 camcorder was a lot better in this respect. The camera does not give you the ability to switch resolution unlike some other hd camcorders. I would have liked to have had the option to switch to 720p but you can only have 1080i- fine if you’ve got a 1080i tv set. The other problem with 1080i is the frame rate- much too slow for moving images whereas 720p will provide twice the framerate i. Another major problem i have found with this camera is its autofocus- seriously slow and again if lighting levels are low which leads to another problem- accessing the manual focus.
At the price can’t be beaten. I bought this camera recently from amazon & was pleasently suprised by the size & weight of the camera. I think the electrical stabilization is probably not quite up to par with the 2 higher spec cameras(sr7/8), but just requires a little bit of getting used to holding the camera steady. The camera touch-screen interface is very intuitive & impressive, although people with larger hands may have problems. As for picture quality, i would say that, given the compression to enable long record times, the picture is quite outsdanding. Filming flowers/shrubs in our garden i found that you could see every leaf vein, even on maximum zoom. The sound quality is also good, only let down by wind noise when outside in windy conditions. The other slight glitch is that when filming in quiet conditions the noise of the camera’s hard drive can be heard faintly. This can be improved by switching the camera’s microphone to it’s lower setting. We had problems running the supplied software on our windows xp machine with the software not seeing the dvd rom drives.

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At the price can’t be beaten. I bought this camera recently from amazon & was pleasently suprised by the size & weight of the camera. I think the electrical stabilization is probably not quite up to par with the 2 higher spec cameras(sr7/8), but just requires a little bit of getting used to holding the camera steady. The camera touch-screen interface is very intuitive & impressive, although people with larger hands may have problems. As for picture quality, i would say that, given the compression to enable long record times, the picture is quite outsdanding. Filming flowers/shrubs in our garden i found that you could see every leaf vein, even on maximum zoom. The sound quality is also good, only let down by wind noise when outside in windy conditions. The other slight glitch is that when filming in quiet conditions the noise of the camera’s hard drive can be heard faintly. This can be improved by switching the camera’s microphone to it’s lower setting. We had problems running the supplied software on our windows xp machine with the software not seeing the dvd rom drives.
Great camcorder but one massive issue. Hi, firstly let me say that i totally agree with the other comments posted, yes this is a wonderful camcorder with the magnificent film quality , sound quality and build quality and the added bonus of a 40gb hard drive to store all your footage on – no need for tapes , dvd e. And this is one very big but (which i cant believe any of the other people which have reviewed this camcorder have not commented on) when you are recording , when the footage is being wrote to your hard drive (which is every 9 seconds) it makes 2 some times 3 little popping kind of noises (every 9 seconds) and it picks this up on the recording so when you have finished shooting and you playback you can hear this. Its not much of a issue if you are outside or if you are somewere where its noisy because you wont hardly notice this. But if you are like me and sometimes will be recording in more quieter enviroments it is terrbile. Which is a massive shame because this is a fantastic camcorder. Massive design fault though in my oppinion putting the mic right next to the hard drive. I have now taken this camcorder back and replaced it with the sony hdr-cx6ek (memory card) rather than hard drive. This is a much better camcorder. All in all yes the sony hdr-s5e is a great little camcorder with some fantastic features its just a shame its been let down by a massive design fault.

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Great camcorder but one massive issue. Hi, firstly let me say that i totally agree with the other comments posted, yes this is a wonderful camcorder with the magnificent film quality , sound quality and build quality and the added bonus of a 40gb hard drive to store all your footage on – no need for tapes , dvd e. And this is one very big but (which i cant believe any of the other people which have reviewed this camcorder have not commented on) when you are recording , when the footage is being wrote to your hard drive (which is every 9 seconds) it makes 2 some times 3 little popping kind of noises (every 9 seconds) and it picks this up on the recording so when you have finished shooting and you playback you can hear this. Its not much of a issue if you are outside or if you are somewere where its noisy because you wont hardly notice this. But if you are like me and sometimes will be recording in more quieter enviroments it is terrbile. Which is a massive shame because this is a fantastic camcorder. Massive design fault though in my oppinion putting the mic right next to the hard drive. I have now taken this camcorder back and replaced it with the sony hdr-cx6ek (memory card) rather than hard drive. This is a much better camcorder. All in all yes the sony hdr-s5e is a great little camcorder with some fantastic features its just a shame its been let down by a massive design fault.
Bought to replace my ailing jvc camcorder ,i wanted a high definition picture for not too much money. This seemed to fit the bill nicely. Having just returned from a holiday in rio de janeiro and the iguassu falls and viewed the footage taken i am over the moon with the stunning picture,it is better and far sharper than my tv picture or the pictures from my digital camera. Snags met so far,the battery runs out too quickly with too little warning,the lack of a viewfinder means filming small moving objects such as soaring birds,toucans in trees etc is more difficult and the zoom is a bit fierce. Also it is too easy to leave the camera filming when you think you have switched it offi havent managed to save it to computer hard disk yet. Hopefully it wont be too much of a problembuild quality looks to be good so farfor the money its a great buy.

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Bought to replace my ailing jvc camcorder ,i wanted a high definition picture for not too much money. This seemed to fit the bill nicely. Having just returned from a holiday in rio de janeiro and the iguassu falls and viewed the footage taken i am over the moon with the stunning picture,it is better and far sharper than my tv picture or the pictures from my digital camera. Snags met so far,the battery runs out too quickly with too little warning,the lack of a viewfinder means filming small moving objects such as soaring birds,toucans in trees etc is more difficult and the zoom is a bit fierce. Also it is too easy to leave the camera filming when you think you have switched it offi havent managed to save it to computer hard disk yet. Hopefully it wont be too much of a problembuild quality looks to be good so farfor the money its a great buy.

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This is another superb camera from sony. As soon as you take it out the box you know it’s something special just by the way it feels, looks and sits in the palm of your hand. The build quality is superb, on many cameras you’d just get a normal resolution lcd screen to watch while you record but sony have even installed a 2. The docking station makes it easy to backup or transfer files and everything feels sturdy and made to last. The video quality is just unbelievable, it is the highest quality you could imagine and looks even better than £2,000 tv studio cameras – no joking. V system the colours are lifelike, sharp and very bright. There’s no ghosting, blurring or shaking at all thanks to the super steady shot, it’s hard to see how this kind of quality could ever be improved upon. I filmed a cat walking on a fence which was a good 50 metres away, i had it on full zoom filming through a glass window and even then it was so clear you could see every whisker on his face. I have used it on a 40″ and a 19″ tv, it looks stunning on both. Thanks to super nightshot it’s equally as good in total darkness for all those of you who do ghost hunts or film nightlife, you can see up to 20 metres away and the quality remains as stunning and clear as if it were day. With up to 28 hours of “film” in standard definition and 5 hours at the top quality i doubt you’ll ever run out of room and it’s so much easier than carrying round spare tapes with you everywhere you go. There’re lots of super features like the “old film” effect where you can make it look as though you’re recording on an old black and white camera from the 1930’s.

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This is another superb camera from sony. As soon as you take it out the box you know it’s something special just by the way it feels, looks and sits in the palm of your hand. The build quality is superb, on many cameras you’d just get a normal resolution lcd screen to watch while you record but sony have even installed a 2. The docking station makes it easy to backup or transfer files and everything feels sturdy and made to last. The video quality is just unbelievable, it is the highest quality you could imagine and looks even better than £2,000 tv studio cameras – no joking. V system the colours are lifelike, sharp and very bright. There’s no ghosting, blurring or shaking at all thanks to the super steady shot, it’s hard to see how this kind of quality could ever be improved upon. I filmed a cat walking on a fence which was a good 50 metres away, i had it on full zoom filming through a glass window and even then it was so clear you could see every whisker on his face. I have used it on a 40″ and a 19″ tv, it looks stunning on both. Thanks to super nightshot it’s equally as good in total darkness for all those of you who do ghost hunts or film nightlife, you can see up to 20 metres away and the quality remains as stunning and clear as if it were day. With up to 28 hours of “film” in standard definition and 5 hours at the top quality i doubt you’ll ever run out of room and it’s so much easier than carrying round spare tapes with you everywhere you go. There’re lots of super features like the “old film” effect where you can make it look as though you’re recording on an old black and white camera from the 1930’s.
Superb hd camcorder from sony. I’d been looking into purchasing a hd (high definition) camcorder in order to take away on holiday and capture all of those memorable moments in stunning hd. I heavily researched the few hd models which are currently on the market and took an interest in sony’s new hdd (hard disk drive) camcorders which were released in june/july of 2007. Sony have released three hd models which record to hdd in the new avchd (advanced video codec high definition) format: the hdr-sr5e, hdr-sr7e and hdr-sr8e. The hdr-sr5e is the cheapest of the three. I purchased the hdr-sr5e a few weeks ago, shortly after the release date, based on my research and my own personal requirements. At the time (and even now) there were very few reviews on this model, which is mainly why i am writing this, for the benefit of othersupon receipt of the camcorder, my first impression was ‘wow’. I had seen in a sony store a few days before-hand and so wasn’t too shocked at the size, but others could be. The device is fairly small, considering its capabilities, but feels strong and is of the typical high build quality from sony. All of the required cables etc were included in the box, along with a handycam docking station and remote control.
Superb hd camcorder from sony. I’d been looking into purchasing a hd (high definition) camcorder in order to take away on holiday and capture all of those memorable moments in stunning hd. I heavily researched the few hd models which are currently on the market and took an interest in sony’s new hdd (hard disk drive) camcorders which were released in june/july of 2007. Sony have released three hd models which record to hdd in the new avchd (advanced video codec high definition) format: the hdr-sr5e, hdr-sr7e and hdr-sr8e. The hdr-sr5e is the cheapest of the three. I purchased the hdr-sr5e a few weeks ago, shortly after the release date, based on my research and my own personal requirements. At the time (and even now) there were very few reviews on this model, which is mainly why i am writing this, for the benefit of othersupon receipt of the camcorder, my first impression was ‘wow’. I had seen in a sony store a few days before-hand and so wasn’t too shocked at the size, but others could be. The device is fairly small, considering its capabilities, but feels strong and is of the typical high build quality from sony. All of the required cables etc were included in the box, along with a handycam docking station and remote control.
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