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Sony HDR-SR1 HD Camcorder Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.38 (out of 10)
Review; "The Sony HDR-SR1 is perhaps the most forward-facing camcorder of the year - a virtual checklist of hot technologies and manual controls. Along with the DVD-recording HDR-UX1, the SR1 compresses video in AVCHD, the new high definition format that, for the first time, allows consumers to leave tape behind. The SR1 records to a 30GB hard disk drive (HDD), room for an incredible 4 hours of HD video....

The Sony HDR-SR1 is undoubtedly the best HDD camcorder to date, for what that's worth in such a young category. Previously, we would have given that award to the DCR-SR100, so Sony had already proved themselves adept at the emerging format. HDD, or something like it, is the format of the future. Tapes, DVDs, and stamp-sized flash media cards are on their way out as camcorder media. High-capacity media like the 30GB HDD in the SR1 is what people will lean towards as they become more available....."

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CNET Reviews 7.00  11-05-06 Read Full Review
Review: "A virtual twin of the Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 but with shiny black-plastic accents, the HDR-SR1 delivers essentially the same video but without some of the accompanying media headaches. It too uses the AVCHD format to record 1080i HD video, but on a 30GB disk rather than DVD.

If you really need video that you can edit, I recommend you stick with HDV models such as the Handycam HDR-HC3 or the Canon HV10 for your high-def needs. Though there's really no wonderfully convenient way to shoot HD video yet, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR1's combination of hard disk capacity and easy adaptability-it lacks only some killer software to improve the convenience quotient-plus a great design and broad feature set, make it the consumer HD model to beat for 2006.

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