Sony Handycam DCR-SR90E

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR90E

The DCR-SR90E is Sony's first camcorder with a built-in hard disc drive. Designed to allow you to shoot large amounts over a long period of time, brow...

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Review of "Sony Handycam DCR-SR90E"

published 16/07/2006 | claireyrosey
Member since : 13/07/2006
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Pro very easy to use, records over 7 hrs on to hard drive,
Cons you need a dvd burner
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"Sony Handycam DCR SR90E"

Firstly I am not going to quote all the technically stuff - so if you need all those details it would be best to go to the Sony website.

This camcorder is exactly what I require - its light and compact it can record about 7 hours video and 9999 photos.

Its very easy to use - simply by flicking the dial to move between shooting video, taking photos and viewing your videos and photos.

The photos are an excellent quality 3 mega pixels - and you could not tell the difference from those taken on my Sony P150 (which has 7 mega pixels) As the camcorder is so light and compact it is easy to carry it round and get it out to take some photos.

Taking video is easy too - all the buttons seem to be I logical places when you get the hang of it. They are lots of settings to mess around with you are so inclined (like my husband) or (like me) you can just press a button called 'easy' which sets it up just fine.

It has a viewfinder (handy in bright sun) or you can use the screen. The screen has zoom and a start/stop buttons as well. All the settings can be changed using the touch screen menu.

It has a nightlight feature for taking video or photos at night - very good if you want to shot you own version of the Blair witch project

I purchased an underwater kit at the same time. It was really easy to work the two together. You plug the camcorder into the underwater box thing and then you can operate the camcorder from the buttons on the underwater box thing - I was very worried taking my new toy in the sea for the first time but it worked well and I got some excellent video. The only draw back is that it does draw a lot on the battery - so you need to purchase a bigger battery than the one, which is included with the camcorder.

You can burn the video on to DVD- plug the camcorder into the computer and press the DVD burn button - easy

You can preview you video on the screen or using the cable provided plug into your TV to view.

You and create a sequence of video clips to play after each other.

I haven't had time to mastered editing my video clips so I can't comment of the software provided

Overall this is an excellent all round camcorder - easy to use - no expensive DVD's to buy - as you can record on to normal Blank DVDs
Bad points - you need a DVD burner to burn on to DVD and if you use the underwater kit you will need to buy a bigger battery.

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  • rosehall published 13/12/2006
    great review. Where did you get the underwater housing from? Do you have a model number for it? Can I be really rude and ask how much the housing was? I am a diver and have been thinking of buying this camcorder. Having the option of a housing would be great if I can afford it. My digital camera housing was £150 so it will be interesting to see the price for the housing for this. Kind regards.xx
  • donovan74 published 27/09/2006
    nice camera. sony is the best i think. : ) donnie
  • killiefan published 28/07/2006
    Sounds like a good camera. Scott
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Product Information : Sony Handycam DCR-SR90E

Manufacturer's product description

The DCR-SR90E is Sony's first camcorder with a built-in hard disc drive. Designed to allow you to shoot large amounts over a long period of time, browse stored images and transfer your data to a PC at high speed, its large-capacity 30 GB hard disc drive enables recording of about 7 hours and 20 minutes. The supplied software makes it is easy to copy data to a DVD or PC afterwards. The camera has a 1/3 inch 3.3 megapixel primary color CCD so you can enjoy high-resolution images and, because it comes pre-installed with Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, you can record 5.1-channel Surround Sound directly to the hard disc. It also comes with anti-shock measures so the hard disc will be protected if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Handycam DCR-SR90E - camcorder - hard disc drive, Sony Handycam DCR-SR90 - camcorder - hard disc drive

Product Type: Camcorder - widescreen

Media Type: Hard disc drive

Internal Storage: 30 GB HDD

Sensor Resolution: 3.3 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 2 Mpix - Photo: 3.0 Mpix

Lens System: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 120 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.2 cm x 14.9 cm x 6.9 cm

Weight: 535 g, 0.6 kg



Product Type: Camcorder

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 3.3 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 2 Mpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 3.0 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Hard disc drive

Optical Sensor Type: Advanced HAD CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 120 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP, HQ

Faders: Wipe fader, overlap fader, white fader, black fader

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, Sunset & Moon, landscape, portrait mode, Beach & Ski, sports lesson

Special Effects: Sepia, Mosaic, Pastel, Monotone, Old Movie, Luminance Key

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec

Lens System

Type: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 42.8 - 495mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 30 mm

Features: Built-in lens shield

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 2.7 m

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, touch-screen control, backlight compensation, date/time stamp, progressive shutter system, PictBridge support, accessories hot shoe, Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording


Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Resolution: 123,000 pixels


Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Connector Type: Composite video/audio output ¦ USB ¦ S-Video output


Included Accessories: Power adapter, audio / video cable, IR remote control


Battery Type: Sony NP-FP60

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Internal Storage: 30 GB HDD

Image Storage: Standard JPEG 2016 x 1512 ¦ Standard JPEG 2016 x 1134 ¦ Standard JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ Standard JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ Fine JPEG 2016 x 1512 ¦ Fine JPEG 2016 x 1134 ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.2 cm

Depth: 14.9 cm

Height: 6.9 cm

Weight: 535 g, 0.6 kg


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