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Sony Standard Definition Black Flash Memory Camcorder - DCR-SX45/B

Abt Model: DCRSX45B | UPC Code: 027242819870
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Sony Standard Definition Black Flash Memory Camcorder, Model DCRSX45B

Features:

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
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.

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.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
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 TV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

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 PC9. 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 sites.

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).

Specifications:

Drive System

  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds : Auto Control Range: 1 / 4 - 1 / 4000; Self-timer: 10sec. (Still Image); Standard: 1 / 60-1 / 500; Auto: 1 / 60 - 1 / 500; Scene Selection: 1 / 60 - 1 / 4000 1 / 4 - 1 / 500 (Candle mode / "MOVIE"position only); Auto (Auto Slow Shutter ON): 1 / 30 - 1 / 500; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1 / 60 - 1 / 500

Focus Control

  • Focus System : Contrast AF
  • AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
  • Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • AF Illuminator : Yes

Camera

  • Camera Type : Digital STD Video Camera Recorder

Convenience Features

  • Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date / Time, Camera info)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes / Yes
  • Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off (5 minutes)
  • Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show; Playback Zoom (1.1x-5x) (TouchPanel + Zoom Lever)
  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Built-in Video Light Coverage : Approx.30cm-150cm
  • Easy Handycam/Help Function : -/-
  • Menu Customization : Yes
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
  • One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
  • View & Index : Data Index / Film Roll / Face

Recording

  • Media Type : Optional Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD, SDHC
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 470K pixels
  • Video Format : MPEG2-PS
  • Video Mode : HQ: 9Mbps / SP: 6Mbps / LP: 3Mbps
  • Video Resolution : 720x480/60i
  • Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx. 410K pixels (16:9), Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Photo Capture from Movie : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creater
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
  • Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.21 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Wind Position : Yes (Auto)

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Candle / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Sports / Beach / Snow
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor/ Indoor
  • Minimum Illumination : Auto Slow Shutter: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Auto Iris Control : F1.8-F26
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • Gain Control : Auto

Advanced

  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Electrical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w / Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1/8" (2.25mm)Advanced HAD® (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager
  • Processor : Sony® Imaging processor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx. 680K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
  • Color Filter System : YeCyMgG mosaic filters

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
  • Aperture : F1.8-F6.0
  • Optical Zoom : 60x
  • Digital Zoom : 2000x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Photo Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3); Movie Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3)
  • Filter Diameter : 37mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 150cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro)
  • Extended Zoom : 70x
  • Focal Distance : f = 1.8mm - 108mm
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : 46mm - 2760mm (16:3)

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC media compatible
  • SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB / USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
  • DVDirect : Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported (sold separately))
  • Remote Jack : A/V Remote terminal
  • Direct Copy : Yes
  • A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Remote
  • DC IN : Yes

LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ (230K pixels)
  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max.90 deg., Turning Angle: max.270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes (LCD Backlight Level, LCD Bright)
  • Coverage : 1
  • Live View : Yes
  • Grid Display : Guide Frame
  • Touch Panel : Yes

Power

  • Battery Type : LITHIUM ION type NP-FV30, Manganese Dioxide Lithium type ML621
  • Battery Capacity : Typical: 3.6Wh (500mAh), Minimum: 3.6Wh (500mAh)
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

Software

  • Supplied Software : Picture Motion Browser Ver. 5.3
  • Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft® Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7. PMB software is not Mac® compatible.

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Unit: 2.13" x 2.25" x 4.88"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 8.1 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts And Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count680,000
Effective Pixel Count470,000
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom60x
Digital Zoom2000x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Onepush / Outdoor/ Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still470,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)8.1 oz
Width (inches)2.25"
Height (inches)2.13"
Depth (inches)4.88"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (10)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Great picture quality (5)
  • Large clear LCD (5)
  • Image stabilization (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (5)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great little camcorder!

    I received this camcorder on Christmas, and so far I love it! It has a lot of features that I like such as touch screen controls, easy settings, steadyshot, and a built...Read complete review

    I received this camcorder on Christmas, and so far I love it! It has a lot of features that I like such as touch screen controls, easy settings, steadyshot, and a built in USB. It's very easy to use, I charged it and simply set the date and started recording. Decent software (PMB) comes with it for upload and sharing on your comp. Only negative is that a few times I couldn't get it to record upon turning it on so I had to take the battery out for a minute and put it back in and then it worked fine.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Mac users do not buy

    Though the box says "works with Mac and iMovie" the fine print actually says it is not compatible with Mac. How it can say both sentences on the box is...Read complete review

    Though the box says "works with Mac and iMovie" the fine print actually says it is not compatible with Mac. How it can say both sentences on the box is beyond me. If you use a Mac you must go through a 4 step process to upload the files, then convert them with a third party converter, then import them to iMovie. By then the quality is gone. For windows users, you should have no such issues.

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    4.0

    Great buy!

    By Diane

    from South Russell, OH

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony Standard Definition Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

    We used the camcorder to film my dad's 90th birthday party--a once in a lifetime chance! We later made a dvd for him so that he can relive his party whenever he wants.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great little camera

    By mom2maj

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

      I found this to be a great little camera for filming home movies of the kids. I was almost talked out of buying it by reading some reviewers' criticism of the picture quality. I'm not a huge video enthusiast--just want to film events in my kids lives--so for me, the picture quality is more than sufficient. The camera was very easy to use right out ot the box. Light enough to hold for long periods of time, fits easily in my purse. So far, I really like it. I have not yet tried to transfer the videos to my computer...hoping that process will be as easy as the camera is to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Mac users do not buy

      By 1Surfer

      from California

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      Though the box says "works with Mac and iMovie" the fine print actually says it is not compatible with Mac. How it can say both sentences on the box is beyond me. If you use a Mac you must go through a 4 step process to upload the files, then convert them with a third party converter, then import them to iMovie. By then the quality is gone. For windows users, you should have no such issues.

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      5.0

      Awesome Camcorder

      By LuLu

      from Holland, MI

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Standard Definition Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

        This camcorder is small, lightweight, and very easy to use. We bought it to have our wedding videotaped. We were able to hook it up by the provided cables and watch the video on our HD tv, the picture was awesome!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing camcorder

        By Grunty

        from Elk river MN

        Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

        i had a flip and it was ok video but terrible mic now my mic is amazing and great video quality to.

        Comment on this review

        (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little camcorder!

        By moni

        from PA

        Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

        I received this camcorder on Christmas, and so far I love it! It has a lot of features that I like such as touch screen controls, easy settings, steadyshot, and a built in USB. It's very easy to use, I charged it and simply set the date and started recording. Decent software (PMB) comes with it for upload and sharing on your comp. Only negative is that a few times I couldn't get it to record upon turning it on so I had to take the battery out for a minute and put it back in and then it worked fine.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Favorite Christmas Gift!

        By Lexi

        from Grandville, Michigan

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        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

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Sony Standard Definition Blue Flash Memory Camcorder:

          Easy to use!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Excellent, efficient service.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this camcorder

          By MrJB

          from Maryland

          Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

          For the price of this camcorder it is an excellent value! This camcorder is very easy to use. It also takes excellent quality pictures as well as videos.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          product evaluation

          By Bob

          from Orange Park, Florida

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          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
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

            I am pretty satisfied with the camera I purchased. It is compact and has all the necessary features one may need.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good Camera

            By TexasMom

            from Texas

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Small Size

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Standard Definition Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

                I bought this camera to use for everyday video like school plays and sporting events for my kids. I find it is very easy to use. The video quality is fine. The sound is much improved over my old tape camcorder. The memory stick comes out easily and loads directly onto my Sony laptop and desktop. (It seems like the camera can plug right into the computer to download but I haven't figured that out yet.) It is really small and easily fits in my purse. You have to purchase a memory stick but the generic cards work well and are much cheaper. All in all, I feel like I got exactly what I wanted for a fair price.

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