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Sony DCR-SR87 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

2.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Widescreen 2-11/16" Touchpanel LCD
  • 25 X Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Optical/ 2000 X Digital Zoom
  • 80GB Holds Approximately 19 To 56 Hours Of Footage
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization
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Product Description

Product Description

  • records video to a built-in 80GB hard disk drive or optional Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • 80GB holds approximately 19 to 56 hours of footage, depending on the video settings
  • 1.07-megapixel image sensor (690K effective)
  • 20X Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800X)
  • 16:9 widescreen mode for video and digital photos
  • top photo resolution: 1-megapixel
  • widescreen 2-11/16" touchpanel LCD
  • Film Roll creates an easy-to-search index that shows you previews of your scenes
  • Face Index organizes your footage by which face(s) appears in each scene for easy searching
  • start, stop, and zoom functions conveniently located on the LCD screen
  • easy power on just by opening the display
  • Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound from built-in zoom microphone
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • shutter speed: 1/30 - 1/500 seconds
  • auto and manual focus
  • white balance settings
  • 10 Program AE (Auto Exposure) settings, including Portrait, Beach, Snow, Candle, and Sunrise & Sunset
  • high-speed USB port for transferring video to a compatible computer
  • audio/video output
  • 2-3/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 4-7/16"D
  • weight: 12 oz. with battery
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • From the Manufacturer

    Capture your next big event without tapes or DVDs and record directly to hard drive. The DCR-SR87 Handycam camcorder contains an 80 GB hard disk drive to store all of your high-quality videos and stills. With 20x optical/800x digital zoom and a Carl Zeiss 60x optical zoom lens, everything will be as clear as you remember it. This camcorder also features hybrid recording technology, which gives you the flexibility to record video to the hard drive or Memory Stick PRO Duo media. You can even transfer your video without a PC by connecting directly to the optional DVDirect DVD burner.

    Sony SR87 Handycam Highlights

    80 GB hard disk drive
    A built-in 80GB hard disk drive can record and store up to 56 hours of video footage in SD LP mode. In addition, HDD Smart Protection gives you peace of mind by preventing any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

    1/6-inch Advanced HAD CCD Imager
    A 1/6 inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager with (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity for exceptional video and still image performance.

    Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with SteadyShot
    The DCR-SR87 features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens 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.

    Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick Duo media
    Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 80GB hard disk drive or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the HDD to the Memory Stick media - without using a PC.

    Direct connection with DVD burner (sold separately)
    The DCR-SR87 supports a direct connection with the VRD-P1 DVD burner (sold separately), which allows you to burn DVDs directly from your camcorder without the need for a PC. And because the VRD-P1 is powered by your camcorder, you don't need an additional AC power cable.

    25x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom
    25x optical zoom help you capture close-up action while keeping your distance. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming (up to 2000x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.

    2.7-inch wide touch panel LCD display (123k pixels)
    The 2.7-inch wide touch panel LCD display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 123K 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.

    Power On by opening LCD display
    Power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.

    Dolby Digital 5.1-channel recording with Built-in Zoom Mic
    Dolby Digital 5.1-channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording. The built-in zoom mic focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera's zoom lens.

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

    Record and zoom controls on LCD frame
    The DCR-SR87 features an additional set of record and zoom buttons on the frame of the LCD screen, give you more control and flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

    One Touch Disc Burn
    Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software. Simply connect the camcorder to your compatible PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button.

    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.

    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).

    Face Index function
    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.

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

    What's in the Box
    DCR-SR87 Camcorder, AC adaptor, rechargeable battery pack, A/V connecting cable, application software, USB cable and owners manual.

    Product Information

    Product Dimensions 7.6 x 6 x 4.7 inches
    Item Weight 2.3 pounds
    Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds
    ASIN B001P3O3P4
    Item model number DCRSR87
    Customer Reviews
    2.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

    2.8 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #34,377 in Camera & Photo
    #1,988 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
    Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
    Date first available at April 18, 2005

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    By Robert Garrett on May 26, 2009
    I've had several Sony products over the years and have always been impressed by their quality and features. I must confess to being a little disappointed with my SR 87 Camcorder, though. Here's why:

    -- The picture resolution is not as good as I expected.

    -- The LCD screen is not very bright. It's hard to see
    in bright lighting. Wish it came with a viewfinder
    for these situations.

    -- I also wish the fader feature was a little more
    user-friendly. It requires going through the menu
    with every fade in or out.

    The One-Touch disk burn and the Steady-shot feature are great. Overall, I'd give the camcorder about a C-plus.
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    I'm not trying to be harsh on ony. They still make the worlds best TV's. They still make great camcorders. Just not this one.

    Essential items in any camcorder are basic. A remote for self-video. A viewfinder to shoot movies when sunlight is too bright for its viewfinder. Finally, the ability to shoot at night (NIGHTSHOT).

    The Sony designers chose to leave all three items out. You won't find any of these common features on the SR87.

    That being said, it's just not a suggested model and I suspect will be discounted quickly or discontinued.

    The Canon is by far a better camcorder.
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    It is a cute little machine, not HD but OK. Easy to use but lens and picture qulaity is just OK.
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    I haven't written many Amazon reviews in the past. But I'll write one for this product simply because I feel that I am very much impartial after using it for almost 7yrs.

    When I spent a lot of hard earned cash and was finally moving up from VHS to HDD camera, I was thrilled. And yes, when I got it, I loved it. Mostly due to the fact that I can record hours and hours worth without any problem. Remember, this is not an HD recording. Since, I didn't see much difference in the quality, I used it to record in the SP format. This format outputs:

    Resolution: 720x480
    Data Rate: 9100kbps
    Frame Rate: 29fps
    Audio Rate: 256kbps
    Audio Channels: 2 Stereo
    Audio Sample: 48kHz
    File Size: 20.6MBps (approx)

    The battery charge goes a long way. And the 80GB HDD itself is the highlight of this camera. That, and also the fact that I can hook up the cam to the PC via USB and simply drag/drop recordings in my PC.

    However, the video is very average. Keep in mind, I'm coming from a VHS background and was not impressed at the video quality one bit. In the day time, outdoors, the recording would probably get a B+ in my view. But indoor, night time recording with moderate indoor lighting, I would not hesitate to give it a D+ at best.

    The indoor recordings that I made were always grainy. And the higher format recording didn't help. All it did was take up more file space.

    If you're in the market for a better video cam, pass on this one. I've had this for 7yrs due lack of funds. I have logged over 900 recording hours on it. And due to this, my work looks like a piece of crap. I have finally purchased a Canon VIXIA HF M500 about 5mins. ago right here on Amazon. I hope that cam will out perform this one by a huge margin.
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    By rosy on August 11, 2012
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    excellent video camera, good resolution, good pictures and a very good article guadar fond memories of the family, and always keep them in mind, recommended
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