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Sony HDR-SR1 HD HDD Camcorder on Adrian's Shopping List

Transferring and editing an 8-hour seminar video is too time-consuming...

Bringing a laptop to the seminar for recording is too cumbersome...

Getting an external Video Hard Disk Recorder is too costly...

The answer...

Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 4MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

The 5 must-have features I look for in the HD HDD camcorder are:

  • Digital audio/video inputs: Yes (via USB)

  • Headphone jack: Yes (stereo mini)

  • Microphone input: Yes (stereo mini)

  • Photo Resolution: 4-megapixel; 2304 x 1728 (4:3)

  • Video recording system: AVCHD (HD) and MPEG2-PS (SD)

The 3 reason I want the Sony HDR-SR1 are:

  • Hard Disk Drive Recording for long-hours seminars.

  • Personal video recording in MPEG2 (DVD) format.

  • Photo Shooting at 4-megapixel quality.

Here are the rest of the technical specification...

Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 4MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

Product Features

  • Record high-definition video on a HDD with AVCHD technology

  • ClearVid CMOS sensor for high-quality HD or SD images

  • 3.5-inch widescreen hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD

  • Professional 30mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens

  • HDMI, USB 2.0, component, and composite connectivity

Technical Details
Imaging device: 1/3-inch 2100K gross pixels ClearVID CMOS sensor
Pixels (gross): 2100K
Recording media: 30GB non-removable hard disk drive
Video actual: 1076K pixels (4:3); 1434K pixels (16:9)
Still actual: 1991K pixels (4:3); 1493K pixels (16:9)
Dolby Digital output: N/A
Audio recording system: Dolby Digital 5.1
USB streaming: N/A
SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Yes (Super, Electronic)
Accessory shoe: Yes, active interface shoe
White balance: Auto, indoor, one-push, outdoor
Memory Stick Pro Media compatibility: Tested to support up to 2GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function
Still image mode: JPEG
Minimum illumination: 5 Lux (0 Lux with Super NightShot Infrared System)
Low light capability: Super Nightshot
Analog audio/video inputs: N/A
Analog audio/video outputs: Yes (multi A/V)
Digital audio/video inputs: Yes (via USB)
Digital audio/video outputs: Yes (via USB)
USB ports: Yes, 2.0 high-speed compliant
Component video outputs: Yes
Headphone jack: Yes (stereo mini)
Microphone input: Yes (stereo mini)
Remote jack: Yes (stereo mini)
S-video input: N/A
S-video outputs: Yes (via optional accessory)
HDMI outputs: Yes
LCD: 3.5-inch (211K pixels) wide (16:9) hybrid touch-panel Clear Photo LCD plus display
Lens type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Viewfinder: Color, 123K pixels (16:9)
Docking station: N/A
Microphone: Yes (built-in 5.1-channel)
35mm equivalent: 41.3-485mm (16:9 Camera Mode), 50.5-594mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 40.4-404mm (16:9 Memory Mode), 37-370mm (4:3 Memory Mode)
Aperture: f1.8-2.9
Exposure: Touch panel/ring
Filter diameter: 30mm
Focal distance: 5.1-51mm
Focus: Full-range auto/manual (ring)/one-touch
Progressive shutter mode: Yes
Shutter speed: Auto, 1/60 - 1/500 (AE mode)
Optical zoom: 10x
Digital zoom: 80x
Resolution: 4-megapixel; 2304 x 1728 (4:3)
Battery type: InfoLithium with AccuPower meter system (NP-FM50)
Power requirements: 7.2V battery pack; 8.4V AC adapter
Operating system compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional
Supplied software: Picture Motion Browser ver. 1.0
Video recording system: AVCHD (HD) and MPEG2-PS (SD)
Video signal system: NTSC color, EIA standards
Analog-to-digital converter: N/A
Formats supported: AVCHD (HD), MPEG-2 (SD), and JPEG
Dimensions (H x W x D): 3 1/14 x 3 4/13 x 6 1/2 inches (78 x 84 x 165mm)
Supplied accessories: Power adapter/in-camera charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM50) Remote Commander remote control (RMT-835), component video cable, A/V cable (stereo), application CD-ROM with driver, USB cable

Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 4MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

Adrian Lee


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