Sony HDR-SR12 Camcorder: Review

Next to Sony HDR-SR11 is the Sony HDR-SR12, able to record video in Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 AVCHD format. The sensor is a powerful ClearVid CMOS which ensures superb clarity. The optical zoom is 12x and 150x digital one, the optical image stabilizer is Super SteadyShot, and BIONZ processor. Sony HDR-SR12E can record up to 48 hours HD recording on 120GB hard disk drive, visible on a 3.2-inch LCD Touch Screen.

Sony HDR-SR12: Design

The camcorder Sony DCR-SR12 cutting-edge design, comfortable, compact and ensures an extremely easy handling, thanks to recording controls easily accessible. As for size, the camcorder measures 138 mm deep, 76 mm height and 83 mm in width, while the weight is 560 grams. It also has an LCD display 3.2-inch color touchscreen with a resolution of 921,600 pixels and a viewfinder with a resolution of 132,200 pixels.

Sony HDR-SR12: Features and Capabilities

The Sony DCR-SR12 is a camcorder launched this year by the manufacturer and can meet even the most demanding customers, thanks to its technical qualities and its handling. It is first and foremost, a Full HD camcorder, which means that it is able to record movies in high definition for playback on one of the TVs Sony BRAVIA Full HD always so perfect.

As regards the technical specifications, the camera presence a ClearVid CMOS image sensor with Exmor derived technology 1/3, 1 inch in a position to ensure exceptional image quality with high sensitivity and low noise. How, then, the ability to shoot subjects in the distance, the camera is equipped with a 12x optical zoom and 150x digital zoom.

Another important and central part of Sony DCR-SR12 is the goal branded Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T, by far the best one out there, which has a focal length equivalent to 4.9 to 58.8 mm and equivalent in size 35 mm, a 49-588 mm 40-480 mm 4:3 and 16:9 format. The camera is able to record even in landscape mode 16:9, has become a standard.

Moving on the features offered by this camcorder, it should be noted the Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, which ensures stability for improved still image and even video footage, even and especially in case of low light. The stabilizer is compensates for camera shake due to hand movement or subject, thus minimizing the risk of shooting or blurred photos.

Sony HDR-SR12
Sony HDR-SR12

Other features offered by the Sony DCR-SR12 include, for example, the feature xvColour, for vibrant colors and hot, face detection, which also helps you get more natural looking faces, features Face Index and movies, as well as the Dual Rec function that allows you to take photos while recording with a single button.

But perhaps the most important aspect of all is the ability to record movies and save photos in JPEG format at a maximum resolution of 7.6 megapixel 3680×2070 pixels or the internal hard disk from as many as 120 GB or on a memory card type Memory Stick, to be inserted into the slot. In this way, there is no longer the need to buy cassettes but continuously moves the contents of the video camera directly on the computer, in both cases.

Being, a Full HD camcorder, as mentioned above, the Sony DCR-SR12 is able to record videos in HD, so with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels that, once displayed on a TV BRAVIA really give their maximum. With regard, then, the battery life of the arguments available, it provides up to 100 hours of recording while, acquiring a special lithium battery, the recording time reaches to 370 minutes.

Finally, with regard to the interface, the camera is equipped with audio output, video output, S-Video, USB output, Component video input, external microphone input, headphone jack and HDMI output. Finally, the package includes AC adapter, AV cable, rechargeable battery, USB cable, wireless remote control and editing software.


The Sony DCR-SR12 is a great the Full HD camcorder, as it allows you to record movies in high definition. Its most interesting features are the large internal hard disk, the slot for Memory Stick cards, image stabilizer, the high screen resolution, the presence of the viewfinder and the lens of excellent quality.

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PROS : AVCHD format HD movies; Memory Stick slot; stabilizer; Internal hard drive.

CONS : Price.

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