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Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder - DCR-SX44

Abt Model: DCRSX44SIL | UPC Code: 027242788916
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4GB Embedded Memory/ 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/ Hybrid Recording/ Silver Finish
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Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder - DCRSX44SIL

Features:

  • 4GB embedded memory: : 4GB1 of embedded memory can record and store up to almost 3 hours of video footage (SD LP mode).
  • 60x Optical, 2000x Digital zoom : Ideal for sporting events, wildlife, or distance shooting, 60X optical zoom brings you closer to the action, so you can capture extremely tight shots, even from far away. 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-SX44 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 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.
  • 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 faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.
  • LED Video Light : The DCR-SX44 includes a small, but powerful LED video light that can assist in low light situations, allowing you to capture video that you might have missed in the past.
    Power On by opening LCD display: : Power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.
  • 1/8" Advanced HAD™ CCD sensor: : A 1/8” Advanced HAD™ (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager with 410K (effective) pixel resolution delivers stunning detail and clarity for exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance.
  • Dolby® Digital stereo recording with Built-in Zoom Mic: : The Dolby® Digital stereo recording with 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 to DVDirect® Express DVD burner (sold separately): : The DCR-SX44 supports a direct connection to the VRD-P1 DVDirect® Express 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 .
  • 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.
  • Hybrid Recording to 4GB1 memory or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately): : 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 4GB1 embedded flash memory 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 embedded flash media to the Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media -- without using a PC.
  • 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 stereo
  • Microphone : Built-in Zoom Microphone

Convenience

  • Face Detection : Yes (Exposure Only)
  • Image Stabilization : SteadyShot® image stabilization
  • 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™ (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager
  • Pixel Gross : 680K
  • Video Actual : 410K pixels (16:9), 340K pixels (4:3)
  • Video Resolution : 720 x 480
  • Still Actual : 250K pixels (16:9), 340K pixels (4:3)
  • Still Picture Resolution : 680K
  • Recording Media : 4GB Embedded Flash memory Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC(Class 4) media (Sold Separately)
  • Recording and Playback Times : Standard Definition: HQ = up to 55 min., SP = up to 85 min., LP = up to 175 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

  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Manual
  • Media Card slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ 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, 1/4 - 1/4000
  • Minimum Illumination : 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Optical Zoom : 60x
  • Resolution : 680K

Power

  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV30)
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 1.8W

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: 2.25"
  • Width: 2"
  • Depth: 4.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.37 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
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 55 min., SP = up to 85 min., LP = up to 175 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 MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.37 lbs
Width (inches)2"
Height (inches)2.25"
Depth (inches)4.5"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days
  

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Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (8)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Image stabilization (5)
  • Good in low light (4)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (5)
    • Travel (5)
    • Low light (4)
    • Weddings (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great quality and value

    This camera lives up to it's name very well, it's one very "Handycam"! This lil camera weighs next to nothing and is a very small unit which makes it very...Read complete review

    This camera lives up to it's name very well, it's one very "Handycam"! This lil camera weighs next to nothing and is a very small unit which makes it very appealing for me because you can take it anywhere to any event and take some very respectable video. The focus system is very smart and quick to lock in on faces. The zoom is amazing! It really pulls in the long shots while maintaining a nice stable image. The 4 gigs of internal memory gives you an hour of recording time on Hi Quality mode, 80 mins. in SP mode and 175 Mins. in LP mode. It also accepts memory cards up to 32 gigabytes for 8 hours of additional HQ time. The touch screen has menus that are a breeze to negotiate. This little gem is packed with a ton of features and loaded with quality. I've gotta say, "I'm very impressed with this little powerhouse". If you don't have to have a Hi-Def camcorder then this unit will give you everything you could ask for.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Think about this purchase...

    Small size is good. Only need one hand to film. Problems are that there is no way to add external audio. Have to use the built-in mic. Not a good thing if you...Read complete review

    Small size is good. Only need one hand to film. Problems are that there is no way to add external audio. Have to use the built-in mic. Not a good thing if you want to film any sound and if you want interview - forget it. Odd way that the data is stored and the interface is a pain in the neck to get to change or fix camera storage. Flaky internal memory - sometimes it says that it is full when there are no files on the camera. Not a very high quality of still image. Low levels of resolution even at its highest level. Almost there, but not quite.

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    5.0

    Nothing better

    By SJones

    from New Jersey

    Pros

    • Great picture, Very simple to use

    Cons

    • LED light not that bright

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      I got my camcorder as a gift and I love it. I use it every chance I get.

      Comment on this review

       
      1.0

      external memory stick

      By NAKOPAT

      from ATLANTA GA

      Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      I HAVE 16GB MEMORY STICK ON IT BUT DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CHANGE FROM INTERNAL TO EXTERNAL MEMORY WHEN THE INTER IS FULL OR JUST USE THE EXTERNAL AS IT IS LARGER

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      5.0

      Great Camcorder

      By Dood76

      from Walnut Creek, CA

      Pros

      • And more
      • Great quality
      • LED light
      • Small
      • Touch Screen

      Cons

      • some lack of audio

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

        I got my Sony DCR-SX44 for Christmas. I've been wanting itfor several months. I was so excited I got it, and ever since then i've been using it for ever. It is great quality for a SD camcorder and is very small and sleek.

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        5.0

        I love it!

        By Maye

        from Corpus Christi, TX

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Blue Flash Memory Camcorder:

          I really like this camcorder! very light, easy to use and good quality!

          Service and delivery comments:

          The delivery was fast and everything in good conditions...:)

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Looks can be deceiving

          By Daft

          from Houston, TX

          Pros

          • lightweight design
          • Optical Zoom
          • Swivel screen

          Cons

          • Video/Picture quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

            I bought this camera happily at a Best Buy. I've used it quite a bit and the Picture/camera quality is terrible. I put a picture of a pencil I took in a normal lighted area.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing and little

            By dcrsx44

            from Undisclosed

            Pros

            • Quility
            • Size

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

                i love this camera amzing size lens and everything

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                LOVE THIS CAMERA

                By g8rgirl21

                from Hanover Park, IL

                About Me Casual User

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • SportsAction
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Blue Flash Memory Camcorder:

                  This camera is the perfect size for your purse or small bag. The design is perfect. I have videoed fast action volleyball and it works perfectly for playback. The only thing I did not like was that I had to open the lens myself. However, that is one less thing I have to worry about breaking. It is OVERALL a great camera for everyday use.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Small & efficient but...

                  By Hamilton

                  from Chelmsford MA

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use.

                  Cons

                  • Disappointed in the video quality.

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    Great camera for the amateur, which I am, but still disappointed in the video quality. Lots of wash-out if you shoot in bright sun and picture fuzzing. If your play back device is a small screen your OK, but on a computer screen or TV, the video is very fuzzy. I'm using a MacBook Pro with iVideo software for editing.

                    Comment on this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    For what it is designed ...

                    By prothermographer

                    from Ann Arbor, MI

                    Pros

                    • Decent Battery Life (supplied Bat.)
                    • Manual/Auto Controls
                    • Small Size
                    • Solid State Device
                    • Zoom lens

                    Cons

                    • periferal areas slightly out of focus
                    • Resolution - Central area of image good

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      For what it is designed for, this little camcorder is excellent. I have used it to record my children in their marching band formations during shows and have no problem with zooming in and out, panning around, and picking up their music with this camera. It mounts nicely on a monopod for this purpose. I also used it to record the approach of a severe thunderstorm and flooded basement. It works very well in low light (distant lightning recording) as the light was not strong in the basement and everything that needed to be seen was recorded. When recording weather events, like the storm, I forgot to lock the focus at infinity, so as to keep the camera focussed when looking at areas of the sky that have faint or little optical detail. When reviewing marching band formations, the people at periferal areas of the image were slightly out of focus as opposed to sharp focus in the central area of the image. That is OK as this is not a professional-grade camera. I am very satisfied with this product.

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Camcorder for Great Price

                      By L84EVER

                      from Santa Clarita, CA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony DCR-SX44 Blue Flash Memory Camcorder:

                        I bought this as a gift for my daughter and she loves it. Easy to use and lightweight. She likes the touchscreen display and that it has a built in camera. Buying another for myself now!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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