Sony Handycam HDR-SR8
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HDRSR8
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- Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 8 reviews
- The HDR-SR8 lets you view the world through a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical/20x digital zoom and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor. You can use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps ensure clear images. Take command of ... Read more
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Still can't use with modern computers
by Silverfish666 on December 4, 2008
Pros: Great picture and easy to use
Cons: Useless because you can't use it with a modern Vista 64 bit computer. Sony has new cameras that work with Vista 64 bit, but everyone else gets screwed. Sony developed software to work with some new camcorders, but not w/ other recent camcorders.
Summary: BEWARE!!! Sony will screw you! Last December I purchased what I thought was a top of the line digital video camera in the thousand dollar range, the HDR-SR5. Almost twelve ...
Summary: BEWARE!!! Sony will screw you! Last December I purchased what I thought was a top of the line digital video camera in the thousand dollar range, the HDR-SR5. Almost twelve months later, I have yet to have the ability to enjoy this purchase.
From Sony sales associates, I was told that this was a great camera - nothing more about what else I would need.
Shortly after my purchase, I became aware that I needed more than what came with the camera. I would need special video software to share videos with my friends via youtube and other avenues. So began my search for video software. After months of research I purchased a popular video software from Pinnacle called Studio 12. After loading the software, I realized that my computer was not powerful enough to support the video software and the size of the HD files. My computer was powerful enough for every other use of mine - Photoshop, Quickbooks, the internet, etc.
So, after much time, research and cost, I then purchased a new ?super? computer, which I only needed for my Sony Camcorder. Finally, after transferring all of my documents and other programs to my new computer, I tried using the Sony software which is required to make use of the Camcorder. Then, I realized that the Sony software isn?t installed. So, I tried installing the Sony software again and again, finally realizing that the Sony software is the source of my computer crashes. After spending hours on the phone to computer support to get my computer to reboot I called Sony support.
Sony support told me to download an update to my Sony software. After a crash or two more, I called back to Sony, requesting to speak to a competent person. I am then told that Sony doesn?t have a fix to my problem. Further, I am told that all new Sony camcorders work with new software, but my now ?old? camcorder is not supported by the new software. So, after a year, many hours of troubleshooting and research, and much more than I ever expected to spend, I am unable to share videos with my family and friends.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Have put my SR8 through a lot in the past month, and it has survived all. This is one tough camera!
by Adventure Traveller on January 7, 2008
Pros: Easy to use, clear crisp picture, great photos, survives rough handling
Cons: Haven't found any yet (except maybe a problem at altitudes above 4,500m)
Summary: I love this camera! And so do all of the group I visited Antarctica and South America with. They have all gone home with copies of some of my video ...
Summary: I love this camera! And so do all of the group I visited Antarctica and South America with. They have all gone home with copies of some of my video clips.
The camera takes great video and photos, easily beating the point and shoot Olympus my partner has when it comes to photo comparison.
Apart from the great footage I have from my trip, I am amazed by how tough this camera is. It has been dropped a number of times, even onto a gravel road from the back of a horse...three times! It has survived extensive rain and snow, and below zero temps in Antarctica. It has even survived a hit from a soccer ball which came straight off the boot of a player. None of these major knocks have affected the hard drive.
The other great thing about this camera is the amount of space on the hard drive. Even with the camera seemingly attached to my hand for the last month, I still haven't managed to use even half of the space available shooting in high def std qual. Even our professional videographer/photographer was very impressed with the SR8, especially its toughness.
The only problem I have had is that it seems to shut down at altitudes over 4,500m. This has now happened twice at around 4,700m. On one occasion, this required a re-format of the hard drive, but the other time, it recovered by itself. Maybe something for Sony to investigate.
I would recommend the SR8 to any amateur (and even professional) videographer, especially those who are travelling, as it is compact, easy to use and will survive all the hard knocks.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera...robust enough?
by russellmorris on October 15, 2007
Pros: Lots of space for 1080i recordings, intuitive menus, good ergonomics, high-quality image and good audio
Cons: robust enough for a consumer product?
Summary: Being an early adopter I knew there were potential issues with this brand new camera but reviews of the predecessors convinced me this unit would combine the best features of ...
Summary: Being an early adopter I knew there were potential issues with this brand new camera but reviews of the predecessors convinced me this unit would combine the best features of earlier years models and it does!
Manual focus wheel which can be programmed for other functions is very handy and conveniently located although a little slippery to the touch. Display screen is a good size and clear with touch controls that may be difficult to navigate if you have larger fingers. Focusing algorithms seem to be too good as ghosting through glass was focused on, foreground objects took precedent over the centered subject but nothing to be concerned about although I didn't have much time to explore this before the following happened...
I was carrying this camera in a Sony recommended carrying case over my shoulder while collecting luggage to start a vacation. After gathering my things, the focus lens had moved out of position and disassociated itself from the focusing mechanism. The result has so far been blurry video but it is being fixed and SHOULD be covered under warranty. Will update this post when the results are in.
Although included software is cumbersome, no serious complaints but when the industry embraces AVCHD I'll be happier with new PC software. Firewire would have been nice versus USB and let's hear it for another proprietary Sony media in the mini-hdmi cable that you have to buy separately.
I believe this is a great product with great color reproduction, optical image stabilization, redundant hard-drive safety features and ease of operation. Hopefully the technical issues I'm having are specific to my unit.
Strongly suggest a secondary or long-life battery. CNET's review is accurate and more exhaustive then my own.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Worst Experience with a Video Recorder
by rickyreypr on June 30, 2011
Pros: I can't find a PRO to tell, Most of the 90 dollars cameras around record as good as this one and you don't have to spend a fortune on this type of cameras. They are useless with Windows 7 64
Cons: It's not worth the money it costs.
Summary: The software that you have to install for High Def videos is useless with Windows 7. I've lost my OS during its installation twice. I feel that I have ...
Summary: The software that you have to install for High Def videos is useless with Windows 7. I've lost my OS during its installation twice. I feel that I have been robbed by SONY. Don't buy any from Sony.
Great if you video for 20 minutes or less!
by hockeyvid on October 22, 2010
Pros: Easy to use, good quality video, light weight.
Cons: After about 20 minutes of recording, the auto focus quits working. Not why I bought a 100GB HD camcorder!
Summary: Feel like I have wasted a lot of money on what should be an excellent product. And it is for about 20 minutes. Seems to be a common problem for ...
Summary: Feel like I have wasted a lot of money on what should be an excellent product. And it is for about 20 minutes. Seems to be a common problem for Sony cameras in this line. After hours of googling, I have found many others with the same problem and Sony will fix - for about $500! It seems that as the camera heats up, some type of tiny vibration begins to occur within the camera. Obviously if the lens has a small vibration, the camera cannot auto focus. So I can video the first period of my son's hockey game, turn the camera off during the second and then record the third period? Let's just hope nothing happens in the second period! NOT A GOOD SOLUTION! Because this is a common occurrance in this line of Sony products, they should take responsibility and correct the problem. This did not start occuring until just after the camera was out of warranty. Go figure!
Great easy to use camera, works fine on Vista 64
by mizor on January 10, 2009
Pros: Picture quality on HD Video is stellar. Great range of colors and and picture depth. Sill pictures are decent but only when shot at 6.1Mp. Camera is literally so easy a caveman could do it.
Cons: 1. Price
2. Lack of USB / Firewire Support on camera
3. Batteries are very expensive, even for this industry.
Summary: I purchased this camera to replace a horrible JVC GZ-MC500 (worst ever). I could not be happier with the purchase. The included software didn't initially work with Vista 64, ...
Summary: I purchased this camera to replace a horrible JVC GZ-MC500 (worst ever). I could not be happier with the purchase. The included software didn't initially work with Vista 64, however I have not had any problems since the last update. For any real video manipulation, you will need to shell out some bucks for Sony Vegas Pro because PMB (Picture Motion Browser) is very very limited (cut, divide and delete).
Beautiful Camera - Just do not run on Vista 64 bit
by cameradoc on March 2, 2008
Pros: Excellent picture, easy to use
Cons: Current USB drivers not supported in Windows Vista 64
Summary: I bought this camera 6 months ago and used it on several trips hiking in the Sierra Nevada. Wonderful pictures and compatible with my HD television. Then I bought a ...
Summary: I bought this camera 6 months ago and used it on several trips hiking in the Sierra Nevada. Wonderful pictures and compatible with my HD television. Then I bought a new computer with Windows Vista 64. To my surprise the camcorder is not compatible in any way with it...so I use an old laptop until Sony gets around to updating their 64 bit driver software. Very disappointing as the operating system was around way before the camcorder. They will probably fix it, but for now beware before you buy ANY peripheral and 64 bit operating systems. Best to check first
Major incompatibility issues with Vista and 64 bit systems. No Support udpates as at Jan 5, 2008?
by L0gic911 on January 5, 2008
Pros: Lightweight with touchscreen programming and setup.
Cons: HD camcorder but no HDMI jacks?!!?
Summary: Unbelievable! Sony's flagship consumer camcorder is not compatible with any 64 bit computers. This makes it old techology. It isn't even compatible with Vista in any way. You ...
Summary: Unbelievable! Sony's flagship consumer camcorder is not compatible with any 64 bit computers. This makes it old techology. It isn't even compatible with Vista in any way. You are not told any of this before buying the product for you would think Sony's latest and greatest High Definition, Hard Drive camcorder would indeed be compatible with Vista which has been out for ages (technologically speaking)way before the Sony HDSR8 release. Out of box it only comes with component video cables but that is because it has no HDMI cable, no worry, that's only if you want to watch video direct from the camera to a TV, not it's primary function. A USB cable is all you need to download from the massive 100 GB drive onto your PC. But watch out. Your computer can't be running Vista or be 64 bit. If so, you are HOOPED! So who really cares what the camera can do if you can't download anything for this outdated camcorder that is only months out of release.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HDRSR8
- Description: The HDR-SR8 lets you view the world through a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical/20x digital zoom and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor. You can use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps ensure clear images. Take command of your pictures with manual controls for focus, exposure, shutter speed, and white balance. View everything you shoot on the 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel SwivelScreen technology, so you can swivel from any shooting angle.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.3 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 20 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 3 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Hard disk drive
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.9"
- Optical Sensor Type ClearVid CMOS
- Min Illumination 0 lux
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2,
- Special Effects Monotone,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
- Digital Scene Transition White fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/960 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Exposure Metering Spot
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type Carl Zeiss 10 x x Zoom lens - 5.4 mm - 54 mm - F/1.8-2.9
- Lens aperture F/1.8-2.9
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 5.4 mm
- Max focal length 54 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 37 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Progressive shutter system,
Display brightness control,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Digital noise reduction,
In-camera movie editing,
Takes photos while movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories IR remote control,
Component video cable,
Audio / video cable
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 8 ft
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.27 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 123,200 pixels
- Features Viewfinder brightness control,
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Connector Type Component video output,
Composite video/audio output,
USB ( Mini-USB Type B ),
DC power input
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction
Memory / Storage
- Media type Hard disk drive
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Internal Storage 100 GB Hard disk drive
- Image Storage JPEG 2848 x 2136,
JPEG 2848 x 1602,
JPEG 2136 x 1602,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 640 x 480
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP SP2,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- System Requirements Details Windows 2000 Pro/XP - Pentium III - 1 GHz - 512 MB - 800 MB,
Windows Vista - Pentium III - 1 GHz - 1 GB - 800 MB
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FH60
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Surround
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating (270°)
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 3 in
- Depth 5.7 in
- Height 3.2 in
- Weight 1.2 lbs
- Sony LCE X3TH - case for camcorder (34881135)344.95
- Porta-Brace Quick-Draw Camera Case CC-210-PW - case for camcorder (31039932)399.00
- Sony SPK HCH - marine case for camcorder (35266605)299.00 - 299.99
- CANON XL1S VIDEO CAMCORDER CASE (7032423)399.99
- JVC KA-551U tripod adapter (32090695)295.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-10-A - carrying bag for camcorder (34400943)325.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-1A - case for camcorder (34931653)299.00
- Panasonic P2HD-CASE - carrying bag for camcorder (33921985)363.95
- Panasonic SHAN-TM700 - tripod adapter (31027498)249.95 - 399.95
- Porta-Brace Polar Bear Insulated Case POL-3 - case for camcorder (31030134)381.05 - 406.01