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Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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  • 70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)
  • SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
  • Intelligent Auto (36 different scene combinations possible)
  • 70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action with 3 Inch LCD display
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.1 x 7.8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B004H8FNAI
  • Item model number: DCRSX45/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,749 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

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Sony DCR-SX45 Standard Definition Handycam Camcorder


Overview

The ultra-compact DCR-SX45 features a 3.0” touch-screen LCD (230K), 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 70x extended zoom that lets you capture extremely tight shots, even from far away.Other features like an LED video help you to take your best shots at night or in low light settings.

70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action   

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens     
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus  display (230K)     
The 3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display  provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.

SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode   
Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode allows for a greater degree of image stabilization over the well known, Sony developed, SteadyShot stabilization that has been used for years, giving you more stable video even when on the move or in low light circumstances.

Intelligent Auto (36 different scene combinations possible)   
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes (36 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Macro, Portait,  Tripod.

Dolby Digital stereo recording with Built-in Zoom Mic     
The built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.

Face Detection to keep faces in focus     
Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.

Built-in LED video light   
The DCR-SX45 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge   
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer without having to remember separate cables.  It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC3   
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive3 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your TV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software2     
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC2. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites1.

Auto Lens Cover   
The automatic lens cover protects the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens from scratches during transport or while not in use by closing the lens cover automatically when the camera is shut off.

Film Roll / Face Index   
With Film Roll Index, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and creates scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes). Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it’s time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

Dual Media card slot     
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX45 accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

What’s in the box
Sony DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black), AC Adapter, Power Cord, NP-FV30 Battery Pack, A/V Connecting Cable, USB Cable, CD-ROM, User's Operating Guide and 1-Year Parts & 90-Days Labor Limited Warranty.

1. Requires PC with internet connectivity.
2. Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.
3. Requires VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes).


Product Description


An ideal solution for recording just about any occasion, the ultra-compact DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder features a 3.0" touch-screen LCD (230K), a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, which delivers sharp, high-resolution images and powerful 70x extended zoom that lets you capture extremely tight shots.Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 470K pixels,Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360),Photo Capture from Movie : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360).Video Resolution : 720x480/60i,Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx. 410K pixels (16:9), Approx. 470K pixels (4:3).

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Customer Reviews

Video is grainy in all but bright sun light.
PkFloydLvr
It's affordable and well worth the money for a beginner, if you are a serious photographer with experience save your money and get something bigger.
James Shirk
It ia a great camcorder easy to use and very high quality where it is video or still.
John Lanier

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Burdick on August 4, 2011
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
This handycam camcorder was the first I ever bought, so I can't really compare it with any others. But, I have noticed that the recorded picture is remarkably still, despite one's shaky hands! And I was able to take clear pictures through my car windows. The sound is very clear and picks up even the quietest sounds. I don't know how much better a HD picture would look, so I cannot comment much on the picture quality. However, it is certainly good enough for my touristy purposes. After downloading the software, I was able to burn DVD's very easily from the camera (since I have an external DVD player attached to my computer). And, it sounds like a "slot machine" when you turn it on and press buttons, as it has all sorts of internal sounds to let you know what it is doing!
So, I am very happy with this camcorder.
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful By MrsLaVallie on January 14, 2012
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
After reading so many bad reviews, I was a little leery about buying this, but it sounded like what I wanted.

After purchasing, I am SO happy with this camera. If you're looking for an expensive camera to take WONDERFUL footage of your family's moments, this camera is for you. Ignore all the crap about "fuzzy footage," etc...I mean, what are you looking for? I can't honestly believe that people can tell the difference between this and a supposed high def camera. Your eyes only see what they see, and this camera gives you great picture (and sound.)

Even in low light...we used it Christmas Eve with nothing but the tree on...it gave us wonderful footage...not blurry.

Plus, it is super easy to use...

...and though I couldn't find any of the transfer info I wanted online, it couldn't be more easy. I hooked it up to my VCR with the included AV cables and transferred footage straight to VHS...and plan to do the same with a DVD burner. Very simple.
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168 of 181 people found the following review helpful By James Shirk on May 5, 2011
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
This is not a High Definition model, if it were my review would be quite different but beings it's standard def it's okay.

Okay first there's the light which is little more than a hoax, but it does mean that it might need a light in lowlight conditions. It is very small, and light, flip the 3" LCD & the camera turns on and the lens opens immediately. The battery life is as good as any Sony camcorder and I have an older sony that I used for 2 years & never had to get another battery for it. Can count on at least an hours worth of juice, but you can power it with the ac adapter.

It has no built in memory so you need to buy an SD card, 16GB is good.
It does not have very good manual adjustments, just like all sony camcorders I suppose, but most of you will be using the iAuto anyways.

Some folks think standard definition is dead but it is still used a lot, including all DVD's are not HD.
It's affordable and well worth the money for a beginner, if you are a serious photographer with experience save your money and get something bigger.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I bought this camera for my wife and she absolutely loves it. She loves being able to pause the video playback and snap a picture. She loves it so much she hasn't quit talking about it. She also loves being able to hook it up to her phone charger with the usb and charging it in the car! I think this was a great buy!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By skater123 on January 10, 2012
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
this is a very good camera!!!!!!!!! it is not an HD camera but the video and picture quality is spectacular!!!! the colors are very crisp. best camera ive ever had. i use this to film skateboarding and this works great.(it takes a 37mm lens). i love it and i recommend this to everyone!!!!
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Agent 007 on April 12, 2011
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
Many options to choose from. Menu style is very user friendly. The biggest problem for me was picture quality. I understand this is a standard definition camcorder but in low light or indoors the picture was just to grainy. Outdoors the picture is okay but it could be better. The battery life wears down extremely fast so you must have a backup. Overall I should have paid an extra $200 and bought the CX110 model. I bought it on 4-8-2011 and I returned it 4-12-2011.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2011
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this unit and gave it it's first real try on our trip to Disney World. The camera performed extremely well for something in this price range.
- Battery life is about 1 hour with the standard battery.
- Works well in low light (for night time use, I would suggest a tripod).
- Rugged, it fell about 3 feet on to the sidewalk and continued to work fine.

If you're looking for a good, low-priced camera, I would definitely recommend this one.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Harold H. Edie on March 13, 2012
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
Received item and read the manual before using the camcorder. The camcorder exceeded my expectations. The video and audio are suberb for home movies. It does not have HD and I was not expecting that level of video performance. However, what it provides is quality. I've read some reviews and take them with a grain of salt. It makes me wonder what their reviews would have been like had they read the manual. I'd say you couldn't go wrong with this purchase.
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