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Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder - DCR-SR68/L

Abt Model: DCRSR68BLUE | UPC Code: 027242788923
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80GB Hard Disk Drive/ 60X Optical Zoom/ 2000X Digital Zoom/ Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens With SteadyShot/ 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display/ Face Detection/ LED Video Light/ Dolby Digital Stereo Recording With Built-In Zoom Mic/ Blue Finish
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Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder - DCRSR68BLUE

Features:

  • 80GB hard disk drive: : A built-in 80GB1 hard disk drive can record and store up to 61 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.
  • 60X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom: : 60X 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.
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with SteadyShot®: : The DCR-SR68 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.
  • 2.7” Clear Photo™ LCD3 (230 K) display : The 2.7” Clear Photo™ LCD3 (230 K) 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.
  • Direct Copy to external HDD w/o PC10 : Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive10 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
  • Face Detection : Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame and automatically adjusts exposure to help capture faces brightly and clearly.
  • LED Video Light : The DCR-SR68 features a light that can assist in low-light situations.
    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 80GB1 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.
  • Power On by opening LCD display: : Power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.
  • 1/8" Advanced HAD™ CCD Imager: : A 1/8" Advanced HAD™ (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager provides stunning detail and clarity for exceptional video and still image performance.
  • 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.
  • Direct connection with DVD burner (sold separately): : The DCR-SR68 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.
  • 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 sites9.
  • Record and zoom controls on LCD: : The DCR-SR88 features an additional set of record and zoom buttons on the LCD screen, giving 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) software9. Simply connect the camcorder to your compatible PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button.12
  • 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.
  • Media Card Slot : For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the camera accepts Memory Stick Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC media.
  • 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.

Package Content:

  • AC adaptor (AC-L200)
  • Rechargable Battery Pack (NP-FV30)
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • Application Software / USB Driver / (CD-ROM)
  • USB Cable

Specifications:

Audio

  • Recording Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch
  • Microphone : Built-in Zoom Microphone

Convenience

  • Face Detection : Yes (Exposure Only)
  • Image Stabilization : SteadyShot® image stabilization
  • Low Light Capability : Minimum 3 lux
  • Quick On : Yes
  • Removable Flash Media Compatibility : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC(Class 4) media (Sold Separately)
  • Face Index : Yes
  • Film Roll Index : Yes
  • Still Image Mode(s) : JPEG
  • Hybrid : Yes
  • Fader Effect(s) : Black, White
  • Exposure : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto, Twilight, Candle, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sports, Beach, Snow
  • Photo Capture from Movie : Yes
  • Slide Show Mode : Yes
  • Direct Copy : Yes

Convenience Features

  • Multiple Language Display : Yes

Display

  • LCD Screen : 2.7” Clear Photo™ LCD3 (230 K) display

General

  • Imaging Device : 1/8" Advanced HAD™ CCD sensor
  • Pixel Gross : 680K
  • Video Actual : 410K pixels (16:9), 340K pixels (4:3)
  • Video Resolution : 720 x 480 (4:3)
  • Still Actual : 250K pixels (16:9), 340K pixels (4:3)
  • Still Picture Resolution : 680K pixels
  • Recording Media : 80GB Non-Removeable Hard Disk Drive Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC(Class 4) media (Sold Separately)
  • Recording and Playback Times : Standard Definition: HQ = up to 1220 min., SP = up to 1750 min., LP = up to 3660 min. When using 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo® Media (sold separately): Standard Definition: HQ = up to 235 min., SP = up to 340 min., LP = up to 715 min.

Hardware

  • Light/Flash : LED Video Light
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Manual
  • Media Card slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC(Class 4) media
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes

Inputs and Outputs

  • Audio/Video Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio
  • Analog Audio/Video Output(s) : Included (via A/V Remote Terminal)
  • USB Port(s) : Hi-speed (2.0 compliant)
  • S-Video Output(s) : Sold separately (via A/V Remote jack)

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
  • 35mm Equivalent : 39 - 2340mm (16:9 ), 44 - 2640mm (4:3)
  • Aperture : F1.8-6.0
  • Digital Zoom : 2000x
  • Filter Diameter : 30mm
  • Focal Distance : 1.8 - 108mm
  • Focus : Full range Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
  • Shutter Speed : Auto (Slow Shutter ON) 1/30 - 1/500; Auto (Slow Shutter OFF) 1/60 - 1/500
  • Minimum Illumination : 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter On, 1/30 Shutter Speed )
  • Optical Zoom : 60x
  • Resolution : 680K pixel

Power

  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV30)
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 2.0W

Software

  • Supplied Software : PMB Ver.5.0 Supports Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3)(32bit), Windows Vista Service Pack2 (SP2) (32bit), Windows 7, 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Not supported by Mac OS.
  • Operating System Compatibility : "Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.The Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment. "

Video

  • Format : SD (MPEG2)
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.62"
  • Width: 2.25"
  • Depth: 4.25"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.56 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
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Storage TypeHard Disk Drive
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count680000
Effective Pixel Count410,000/340,000
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom60x
Digital Zoom2000x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceNone
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputNo
Max Recording Time With BatteryStandard Definition: HQ = up to 1220 min., SP = up to 1750 min., LP = up to 3660 min. When using 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo® Media (sold separately): Standard Definition: HQ = up to 235 min., SP = up to 340 min., LP = up to 715 min.
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still250,000/340,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.56 lbs
Width (inches)2.25"
Height (inches)2.62"
Depth (inches)4.25"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days
  

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Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder
 
3.2

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Great picture quality (4)
  • Image stabilization (3)
  • Large clear LCD (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      To Buy Or Not To BUY??

      I have read the entire Operating Guide, very ease to understand. For the money the DCR-SR68 seems to be a good deal. It seems to do all that it says that it will...Read complete review

      I have read the entire Operating Guide, very ease to understand. For the money the DCR-SR68 seems to be a good deal. It seems to do all that it says that it will do. The Carl Zeiss Lens is exceptional and the 60X Zoom is also very good. However, the available Accessories Prices seem to be slightly Over Priced. If you buy almost any additonal accessories then the Price Value of the DCR-SR68 goes out the window., mainly because the main accessories will cost much more than the actual purchase price of the Camcorder. So if you just want to do just the basics with no Add-On Accessories then it is a good buy, but if you want to do much more than just the basics then the cost will double very quickly. My biggest issue is the Very Limited Editing Software bundle that comes with the DCR-SR68. Very, very, basic with no bells or whistles. The LCD Light on board is a great idea but lacks enough candlepower to really get the job done when needed. Overall good product for the money. Oh, YES, I DID BUY, I got the RED ONE.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not Recommended for taking Photo's.

      I just recieved this as a Christmas present, and my joy turned to dissapointment pretty quick. I plan to only use this for taking videos as the photo feature on this model are...Read complete review

      I just recieved this as a Christmas present, and my joy turned to dissapointment pretty quick. I plan to only use this for taking videos as the photo feature on this model are terrible, which means I'm now going to have to carry along a Camera to take pictures, which sort of defeats the purpose of having something that does both. As I said "Just for videos", I'll stick with my Kodak Z650 for pictures, If the Kodak Z650 took better video, I'd most likely return the HDD HandyCam. Too Bad you can't choose the gifts you get,eh.

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      1.0

      Not easy to down load to MAC

      By Photobug68

      from CT

      Pros

      • small form factor, good in low light

      Cons

      • Not easy to down load to MAC

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

        I had a Windows PC when I first go this cam corder and it worked great!! Now that I have a MAC, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to download videos to the MAC. You have to import them to your hard drive then import them into iVideo. I do not want to take up hard disk space, I just want to burn them to my DVD burner on MAC - no can do. I I then created an imovie video w/ pictures and video and it took over night to render to burn. Then the quality sucked on the DVD. I have 2 years of video on the camcorder, and now my memory is full. I've had to deleted video in order to capture new stuff. I am not please at all in the way in which this performs with a MAC. Not a good job Sony...very disappointed as I have had many sony camcorders, this is my 3rd. I totally regret buying this hard drive camcorder.

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        1.0

        DCR-SR68

        By judypatooote

        from toledo, ohio

        Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

        I am very unhappy with this camera...I am having a difficult time sending the video into my computer...I go through the book, and follow instructions, but it's not very easy... I would not recommend this camera...

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent product for the price

        By hlk3

        from United States of America

        Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

        I bought this Handycam for recording my sons sporting events, family events and other special occassions. Had the Handycam for about 1 month or less easy to used and a lot of great features. You must buy additional battery packs so you don't miss important videos or pictures. Do not buy the supplied battery NP 30 as an extra would be a wasted of money. Once again overall a great purchased for $242.99 way below list price of $329.99.

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        2.0

        Reconsider

        By marc5497

        from Atlanta, Ga

        Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

        I bought the camera 2 years ago and may i say worst mistake ever. The video quality is choppy and barely works at a good angle. When you burn the file onto a dvd the video is small.

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        4.0

        DCR-SR68

        By GPOP

        from Philadelphia Pa.

        Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

        After reading some of the reviews before I bought this camera wasn't sure it was the right one for what I wanted to do with it, but so far I haven't found anything negative about it.

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        5.0

        good value great camera

        By SamuelEFarmer

        from San Antonio, TX

        Pros

        • Does what I need
        • so light it feels like a toy :)

        Cons

        • None really.

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

          this is for my handy cam with a monster hard drive in it. this camera is great with a solid picture and super easy to use it also has lost of little features most of which are set automatically but thats ok because this is a great camera with a clear picture and very easy to use. Just be care full because its very light and could be mistaken for a toy by a child and even though its pretty durable for a camera i would not recomend it for kids.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Terrible Camera - Shame on Sony

          By hmsmith07

          from Maine

          Pros

          • None

          Cons

          • bad lighting
          • No Flash
          • Terrible image quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

            A terrible camera. The image quality is very grainy and colors are muted and faded. Videos have lines through them and photos are unacceptable. The screen on the camera shows these image issues and playback is even worse on a computer screen. Shame on Sony for thinking this camera was of adequate quality to be released to the public, especially at this price. Makes me lose faith in Sony and question whether or not I will purchase from them again. Severely disappointing all around, look somewhere else for a good camera.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Beginning Videographer Camcorder

            By BlackDevil

            from Heber Springs, AR

            Pros

            • especially in bright lighted outdoor sceanarios
            • Good quality video

            Cons

            • but if you do photo capture from your videos...wow
            • the pictures aren't the best quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

              The camera was easy to figure out and once you got the hang of it you can do whatever it is you need to to with ease. If it had better stabilazation it'd be a six star product.

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              5.0

              For this price is the best purchase

              By Anonymous

              from Chicago

              Pros

              • Battery Life
              • great vid
              • Handy

              Cons

              • not so good at night

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

                Makes a excellent, long videos at day.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Horrible quality of pictures

                By Retire

                from San Antonio, Tx

                Pros

                • Videos quality are average. Small

                Cons

                • Picure quality is horrible

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony DCR-SR68 Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:

                  Had I known the quality of the pictures where this bad, I would have not purchased the camera. I wish it was a way that Sony would trade this video camera for a better one. I will pay the difference. I will not recommend this camera to anyone. Thank you.

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