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Sony DCR-SX44 Flash memory Handycam Camcorder (Blue)

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  • 4GB Embedded Flash Memory
  • 60x Optical, 2000x Digital zoom
  • Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD (230 K) display
  • Direct Copy to external HDD w/o PC
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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6 x 4.1 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0031RGKYE
  • Item model number: DCR-SX44/L
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,540 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2010

Product Description

Color: Blue

The ultra-compact DCR-SX44 features 4GB of embedded flash memory, which can record up to 3 hours of video, a built-in LED video light, as well as a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, which delivers sharp, high-resolution images and powerful 60x optical zoom that lets you capture extremely tight shots, even from far away.

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Customer Reviews

Camera is compact and very easy to use.
Lisa Lopez
I recorded a multi-situation video (including full sunlight, shade, indoors lit, and indoors low light conditions) using each and every camcorder setting available.
RJLII
After 2 years works and looks just like brand new out of the box, very good physical quality.
Craig

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Arcadian on March 29, 2010
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
This camcorder does everything it should. For a palm-sized camera, 60x optical zoom is impressive. It comes with 4 GB of internal memory, and it takes Memory Sticks and SD Cards up to 32 GB. This makes its memory sources more versatile than any other palm-sized cam that I've seen.

This year's model, the DCR-SX44, comes with an LED Light on the front of the camera for added lighting in low-light situations. One of the biggest complains about last year's model, the DCR-SX40, was that it had nothing to assist with low lighting. Clearly, Sony addressed the customers' concerns, and I like that.

Other nice features: a switch-on lens cover (button on the side), zoom-in microphone (audio zooms with video), and nice color selection (red, blue, and silver).

It comes with everything you need in the box: battery, power cable, A/V cable, USB cable, and some optional software (which I have not touched).

Uploading videos online straight off the camera is easy. If you want to edit with Windows Movie Maker, you will need to convert video files from MPG format to WMV format. Simple solution: download WinFF file converter for free, and it converts movie files in a matter of seconds. Then you're good to go.

To those who criticized the video quality: Don't buy a standard definition palm-sized camera and expect high definition video. If you did that, then it's your own fault that you're disappointed. For a SD camera, the picture quality is FINE.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By RJLII on July 28, 2010
Color Name: Red
Our 1995 Sony camcorder finally bit the dust so it was time for a new one. We only use the camcorder for personal use so we were looking for another basic, easy-to-use camcorder in the $250 range. After spending some time researching camcorders the Sony DCR-SX44 camcorder seemed like a perfect fit.

PROS:
Ease of use
Extremely lightweight and small
Internal memory with optional memory slot
60x optical zoom
Built in lens cover

The menu and controls are pretty intuitive so you will be shooting video in no time. This unit is so small that it's almost too small for large hands to comfortably operate. Fortunately the somewhat small grip is offset by the light weight, which makes extended filming less shaky and fatigue free. I like the onboard memory as well as the option to use SD/SDHC cards. The zoom was very well done, it's amazing how close you can get. I appreciate the variable zoom that makes it easy to control whether you zoom slow or fast. The one knock on the zoom is that you will need a tripod if you expect to zoom in alot, there is no way a living breathing human can hold this still when zoomed all the way. That's more a compliment to the 60x than lack of stabilization though. When not zoomed in the stabilization is fine, not great but adequate enough for a budget camcorder.

CONS:
Video quality
Light for low light conditions looks cool but is basically useless

The first thing I did was set the camera to auto and put it on the highest video quality. After recording a video indoors I played it back on the TV. Not good. Very grainy, out of focus, and dark. I knew low light indoors video would be a problem, so I went outside in full sunlight and played around. Back to the TV and again, not good.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By mmmmna on April 19, 2010
Color Name: Silver
I have owned this camera for but a few days, certainly haven't become familiar with EVERY feature. I still own a Sony DCR-TRV840 (a digital 8mm tape based camera) and this DCR-SX44 will eventually replace the TRV840.

As a technical consumer, I always review any default settings for devices I purchase; I immediately set the recording mode to highest quality.

Pros: Small size (barely larger than 2 of the old TRV840s 8MM tapes in their storage cases), touch screen menuing system (minimal buttons on the camera), 60x zoom is optical (much more zoom is available if digital zoom is enabled - at the expense of image resolution), several optional battery capacities, a lot of features to suit novice videographers (spot metering options, face detection, slow shutter for low light recording, white balance, telephoto or Macro modes, guideframes (1/3rd rules), 'Zoom microphone' enable, 16:9 or 4:3 recording mode, self timer, media format, view/delete/protect images, more). One added feature: a Reset button, in case you go too far using those menus!
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ruben Rascon III on April 5, 2010
Color Name: Blue
Since its purchase on Monday, April 6, 2009 at my local Best Buy, I've been very satisfied with this wonderful, portable camcorder.

Before I purchased this camcorder, I used to produce videos with both my Hitachi VM-E635LA 8mm and RCA CC6262 VHS-C camcorders, and while videotaping was simple, capturing and editing on a computer became both troublesome and a hassle, but thanks to my Sony HandyCam DCR-SX41, computer-based video editing has never been any easier for me.

For those who are expecting High Definition video, this camcorder is NOT for you as it records in 720x480 Standard Definition on the highest recording setting [HQ].

Keep in mind, if you are looking into purchasing this camcorder, I highly recommend setting the recording setting to HQ for the best picture quality, as some who've reviewed this camcorder have mentioned poorness in picture quality.

Pros: At a first glance, the camcorder is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is lightweight and portable enough to take anywhere. The battery life is excellent and gives you up to two hours [if your camcorder's recording mode is set to HQ] when fully charged and to make this camcorder an even sweeter deal, it comes with 8 Gigabytes of internal, solid-state flash memory, [much like USB flash drives] which means no internal moving mechanisms, adding longevity to the camcorder's life. The Sony HandyCam DCR-SX41 also has a Pro-Duo Memory Stick slot for memory expansion, adding extra hours to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments. This camcorder also has a responsive LCD touch screen for easy access to changing various camcorder settings, including recording modes, picture settings and white balance.
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