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Sony DCR-SR65 1MP 40GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Capture video to hard disk drive; 40 GB storage
  • 25x optical zoom, 2000x digital zoom; Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • 2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel Clear Photo LCD
  • Built-in zoom microphone with 2-channel recording
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo media slot
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Product Description

Product Description

  • 25 x optical zoom, 2000 x digital zoom
  • 40GB hard disk drive, also uses Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media
  • 2.7" wide (16:9 aspect ratio) hybrid touch panel LCD display (123k pixels)
  • USB 2.0 high speed port, Via remote terminal: analog A/V output, LANC terminal, S-video output
  • Super SteadyShot image stabilization system
  • Progressive shutter mode
  • Super NightShot Plus infrared low light shooting capability
  • Manual focus mode
  • JPEG digital still image mode, 1000K pixels (4:3), 750k pixels (16:9), slide show mode
  • Recording and playback times (approximately): HQ: 9 hours, SP: 14 hours, LP: 27 hours
  • Imaging device: 1/6" 1070K gross pixels Advanced HAD CCD imager
  • Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 channel
  • White balance: Auto, outdoor, indoor, one-push (touch panel)
  • Built-in zoom microphone
  • Quick on
  • Fader effects (black, white), digital picture effects
  • From the Manufacturer

    You’ll never miss a moment because of switching tapes or discs with the DCR-SR85. Its built-in 40 GB hard disk drive offers plenty of storage as you zero in on your subjects with the professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a powerful 25x optical/2000x digital zoom. Compose shots using the 2.7-inch wide (16:9) touch panel LCD display, and maintain total control and clarity with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system. Hybrid recording technology even gives you the choice to record video to either the internal hard drive or removable Memory Stick Duo media.

    HDR-SR65 Highlights

    1/6-inch Advanced HAD CCD imager 1/6-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 340K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance.

    25x optical/2000x digital zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

    2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus The 2.7-inch widescreen (16:9) LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

    Hybrid recording to hard disk drive or Memory Stick media Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to the camcorder's internal hard disk drive, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick Duo media or Memory Stick Pro Duo media. You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the hard disk drive to Memory Stick media -- without using a PC. Images recorded or transferred to Memory Stick media can then be played directly on a PS3 or PC to share your memories with friends and family.

    Memory Stick Pro Duo media slot Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick Pro Duo media (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices (sold separately).

    Quick On Missing an important scene can be frustrating, especially if the reason is because your camcorder is turned off. With the Quick On feature, the touch of a single button places that camcorder in Sleep mode. Another push instantly wakes the camcorder, so you'll always be ready to capture special moments.

    Built-in zoom microphone Featuring Dolby Digital 2-channel recording focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.

    Easy Handycam button Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people. With a press of the Easy Handycam button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are "locked out," letting you focus only the buttons essential for recording.

    Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses are designed specifically for compact camcorders, and utilize precision ground optics to maintain the sharpness and contrast found with larger lenses.

    Active Interface Shoe Sony's proprietary hot shoe makes it easy to use Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, by providing power and on/off capability directly from the camcorder.

    USB 2.0 interface The USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

    InfoLithium battery with AccuPower meter system Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so you're free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

    Stamina Battery Power Management System When using the Sony InfoLithium Battery, the Stamina Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge.

    Battery information At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. When using the LCD screen or viewfinder, the display will show how much the battery is charged -- in 10-percent increments -- and the recordable time left.

    Fader effects Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black and White.

    Scene Selection Modes Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

    Picture Effects Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia.

    Face Index Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, 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.

    Film Roll Index Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

    Manual focus Manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.

    One-touch disc burn Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect the camcorder to your PC via a USB cable and press the One-touch disc burn button.

    On-screen Zoom and Record buttons For additional control of the camcorder, Zoom and Record buttons are features on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows for more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

    Progressive Shutter System A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.

    Super NightShot Infrared System With the Super NightShot Infrared System, you can capture video in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away.

    Multi-language menu Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese


    Product Information

    Product Dimensions 7.6 x 6.8 x 5.4 inches
    Item Weight 2.6 pounds
    Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds
    ASIN B00123XZLA
    Item model number HDR-SR65
    Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
    Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #34,694 in Camera & Photo
    #2,068 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
    Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
    Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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    I bought this camcorder after a lot of research and I'm glad I made the right choice. The only camcorder comparable with SR65 was the JVC MG330 or MG360. JVC 330/360 has less than 1 mega pixels and the price difference between the two was not much and I found it was worth spending on the extra resolution for better video quality.

    Video Quality : Very Good. I ve taken video Outdoors and Indoors. On burning and playing it on 27 inch flat tube Sony TV, it proves to be very close to or almost DVD quality, especially for outdoor .

    Audio Quality : Dolby Digital. Very good sound quality.

    Camera Menus : Easy and Intuitive

    Ergonomics : Pretty small. Easy to handle and buttons are easy reachable.

    Still Image : I would not care to take still image using this, it s as good as taking pictures on a cell or PDA.

    Zoom : 25x is good enough. Anything above that would be difficult to hold it steady, unless you would be using a tripod.

    As long as you re not looking to spend over $800 for a High-Def quality for which you need to have High-Def LCD, High-Def burner, HDMI and the entire package, this camera is just perfect for the low $500 range.
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    I just bought this camcorder. I used sony dcr sr 40 and dcr sr 42 before. I can say that this camcorder is perfect comparing to other two. If you want a better one you should buy a high definition camcorder with a higher price. The only cons: you cannot expect to take high quality pictures with it. This is a common problem in most of the camcorders.
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    This is a great camcorder. Everytime I need electronics the first brand I look for is sony and I have never been dissappointed. This Camcorder has great picture and sound quality,and you can't beat the price offered by Amazon so don't bother looking at other sites. It is very easy to use and very compact. The hard disk is incredible and the screen is crystal clear. I do recommened buying the bag and battery package also,I did and don't regret it. The battery that comes with the camcorder last for about an hour and a half while the battery that comes with the package last around 3 hours.
    The only dissappointment I had was that I paid for 3 day delivery and UPS delivered 4 days after the scheduled delivery date. Amazon did appoligize on UPS's behalf and refunded me the shipping costs. Great customer service on Amazon's part.
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    Received this camcorder about 2 months ago and i ended up buying the extra battery cause the original only has a charge of 90 min the new battery has a charge of almost 240 min. The camera is great light weight easy to use easy to set up and has some really cool features def worth every penny that i paid for it.
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    I had been wanting to upgrade my 15 year old camcorder for some time, and since I no longer have small children at home anymore, I kept putting off making the final step. A co-worker had a Sony Hanycam at work on day and we had a ball with it. I began watching the sales on this amazing little creature and finally found the Sony Handycam SR65 on Amazon.com. Right out of the box it performed amazingly well with video's so awesome I was kicking myself for putting off the upgrade for as long as I did.

    There is only one problem that I have found, and it isn't really with the quality of the camera or the video's but with how the camera records the video; when you push the record button and record then stop the recording, it records in "clips". You can put the clips together on the video camera but when you transfer them to your computer using the software, the "clips" will not stay together, it is actually transferred in "clips" as they were recorded. I've spend a little time going over the software and cannot find a way to permanently keep those clips together on my computer.

    Otherwise, it is an amazing camcorder and I will use it for years to come with no regrets; with Amazon's great price on this camera I am definitely a happy camper and would not hesitate to recommend this camera to anyone who was looking for a great family camcorder.
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