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Sony DCR-SR21
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Sony DCR-SR21 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/3 270g CCD Jul 2011
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Fun, Easy Shooting With High-power ZoomLight and so easy to use, this compact camcorder features a high-quality lens with powerful zoom range to bring distant objects closer. Record crisp video... More
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16 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This video camera received a score of 70 out of 100 from expert review website parentesis.com.

Good Brand

Based on 3,509 user and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders compared to other brands.

Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 57 times zoom factor, the Sony DCR-SR21 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the DCR-SR21. The average optical zoom of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 31x.

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Quite Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 61 hours, the Sony DCR-SR21 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DCR-SR21 the battery lifes range from 1h to 150h, and the average battery life is 16h.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.5x to 3,500x. The DCR-SR21 has a quite big digital zoom (1,800 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-SR21.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Sony DCR-SR21 has an image stabiliser.

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67 Extra/Smart Zooms

The Sony DCR-SR21 has bigger Extra/Smart zooms than most of the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the DCR-SR21. Most of the comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SR21 only have between 30 and 66 Extra/Smart zooms, however this camcorder has 67 Extra/Smart zooms.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Eleven Scene Modes

The DCR-SR21 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the DCR-SR21. The scene modes "Beach", "Candlelight", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Portrait", "Snow", "Sports", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 28GB, and the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 120GB. At 80 gigabytes, the Sony DCR-SR21 has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-SR21, the DCR-SR21 has a built-in display.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

Small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SR21 have maximum aperture values of between 1.8 and 22. At 5.7, the Sony DCR-SR21 has a fairly high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the DCR-SR21.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony DCR-SR21 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the DCR-SR21.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony DCR-SR21 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This Sony video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-SR21. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

The DCR-SR21 has one of the lower typical power consumption (only 2.1 Watts) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the DCR-SR21 the typical power consumption range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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13 Reasons Against

Only 1/8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the DCR-SR21 is 1/8". That's 27% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8".

An 1/8" optical sensor size is actually the worst optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across similar types of camcorder the best optical sensor size is 1/3".

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Not Full HD

The Sony DCR-SR21 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DCR-SR21.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The DCR-SR21 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age do have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The DCR-SR21 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DCR-SR21 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

Across all the video cameras of a similar type and age to the DCR-SR21 the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the DCR-SR21, the movie megapixel count of the DCR-SR21 of only 0.49 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of a similar age and type to the DCR-SR21 is 30 Mbit/s. The Sony DCR-SR21 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 9 megabits per second) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the DCR-SR21 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the DCR-SR21.

The best maximum image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The DCR-SR21 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of a similar type and age to the DCR-SR21 are not 3D compatible. The Sony DCR-SR21 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony DCR-SR21 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the DCR-SR21 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and type are not waterproof. The DCR-SR21 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only 720 X 576 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony DCR-SR21 has a 720 x 576 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The maximum video resolution of all video cameras of this type and age ranges from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The DCR-SR21 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most video cameras of this age and type. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type across all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the DCR-SR21.

Across comparable types of video camera the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-SR21

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Weight

At 310 grams, the DCR-SR21 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the DCR-SR21 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the DCR-SR21.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Manual Focus
Lens System
Intelligent Mode
Extra/Smart Zoom
Adapter Type

Expert Reviews

(1)
20 March 2012

Dirigido a quienes buscan una videocámara para llevar de vacaciones y por lo mismo, que ofrezca una gran capacidad de almacenamiento. Sin dejar de lado la combinación de un diseño portable y un...

El disco duro integrado de 80GB te permitir grabar muchas horas de video
Su zoom ptico de 67x te har disfrutar de las grabaciones con mayor distancia, casi como si estuvieras ah
Solamente te ofrece una resolucin de 720 480 pixeles, que es HQ, no HD

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dcrsr21, dcrsr21e, dcrsr21es, dcrsr21escen, sony dvpsr210, dcrsr21es.cen, sony dvpsr210p
Barcodes 04905524828993, 04905524829020, 04905524829037, 04905524829051
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