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Sony DCR-SR42E

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42E (30 GB) Hard Drive Camcorder

Combine Handycam design sensibilities with state of the art hard drive capture and you get the Handycam DCR-SR42. The built-in, 30 GB hard... Read More
Combine Handycam design sensibilities with state of the art hard drive capture and you get the Handycam DCR-SR42. The built-in, 30 GB hard drive allows you to record up to 20 hours of gorgeous high resolution video without ever having to stop to change tapes. HDD Smart Protection prevents your hard drive from physical damage by switching the drive off if the camcorder is dropped. The Handycam DCR-SR42 comes supplied with the Handycam Station, an easy to setup cradle that charges your camcorder while you stream videos to your television or capture to your PC. PC backup options and one touch disc burn mean you can protect your captured memories with ease and efficiency. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 3/5 stars
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By:   angel4711
Oct 28, 2008
Sony DCR-SR42E

Camera blurs focus all the time!

Author's Rating: Rating: 3/5 stars

Pros: You can't record over anything. Videos are easy to find (organized by date).

Cons: The 1-2 second blurs that occur as frequently as every few seconds.

The Bottom Line: 

My camera blurs frequently, possibly a fluke. Otherwise, a great video camera. Internal drive means no recording over vidoes. Check yours thoroughly ASAP when you buy it!

Author's Review
This is the first video camera I've ever owned, although I've used a few others. I bought this very expensive camera (about $615 at Best Buy) figuring that I would use it forever, so I got this one with the internal hard drive so I didn't have to mess with tapes, rewinding, making sure I didn't record over anything, etc). The camera is lightweight, pretty easy to figure out without using a manual and, using the included base, it is pretty easy to get my videos on the computer, which are all pluses to me. The picture is great and clear when it isn't blurring. I'll be taking videos and the picture blurs for about 1-2 seconds, sometimes every few seconds, and then clears again as if I'm changing the focus. I've tried shooting in daylight to see if better lighting helps, but it doesn't. I've put the camera on a table to make sure that movement isn't making it blur, but that doesn't help. I've checked the lens to see if anything was on it and there isn't. I called support, but since I didn't notice the problem until after a month, there is nothing I can do about it unless I take it to a repair shop, which I can't afford. I really don't think I should have to pay this since I didn't do anything wrong. Now, I've paid WAY too much money to have a camera "forever" that is almost useless. Sure, I can still take video and you can almost ignore all of the blurs, but it is very annoying. I'd do anything to have my money back.

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