Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder (Silver)
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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)
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|Item Dimensions||7.8 x 4.1 x 6 inches|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||0.47|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-2|
|Video Capture Resolution||720 x 480|
An ideal solution for recording just about any occasion, the ultra-compact Sony 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–even from far away. There's also a convenient built-in LED video light on the Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder which makes it easier to capture low-light situations.
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Sony DCR-SX45 Standard Definition Handycam Camcorder
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.
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).
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).
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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.
So, I am very happy with this camcorder.
I remember my first SONY camcorder that I bought many years ago would produce the most vibrant colors and record great (SURPRISINGLY GREAT) video in low light. This Cam doesn't come close.
Very light and comfortable to hold.
Long battery life means you can literally record for hours (2) without a recharge.
But the overall quality of the video is sub-par for any cam, let alone SONY.
I think I'll be going back to KODAK.