Sony Handycam DCR-SX40 4 GB Camcorder - Silver

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Very good camcorder

Dec 14, 2009
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Pros:Light weight and compact, 60x optical zoom, good picture quality

Cons:Poor image stabilization when zoomed in.  Manually select internal or external memory.

The Bottom Line:

Unless you are planning on recording over an hours worth of video a day, I would recommend this camcorder.


I bought this camcorder to replace an older model Sony that recorded on Digital 8 tape and was about 3 times the size.  I brought this camera with me on a recent trip and was very pleased with it's ease of use as well as the compact size.

Very light weight and very easy to use.  It has a touch screen where you can do every thing from review your recent recordings to change settings.  Picture quality when zoomed out is not as good as an HD camcorder, but then again this is not sold as HD.  Battery life is about an hour but I never recorded more than an hour of video a day so that had no impact on my use.  There is 4GB of internal memory and there is a slot to add additional Memory Stick.  Has a nice 60x zoom.

Even though I love the 60x zoom, image stabilization when zoomed in that far has little to be desired.  I would highly recommend using a tripod if you plan on zooming in that much.  Once the 4GB of internal memory is filled up, you need to manually switch to any external memory card you may be using.  So if you plan on recording 20 minutes and you only have 10 minutes of built in memory left, you would either have to stop half way through to change memory location or select to use a memory card first.  Would be nice if this process was automatic.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 239
Recommended for: Home and Families - Keep Memories of Family Vacations


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