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Sony DCR-SR21
Sony DCR-SR21
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Sony DCR-SR21 Camcorder

0.8MP 1/8 310g CCD Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Very big optical zoom
Only 1.8" optical sensor size

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camcorder received an expert rating of 70 out of 100 from parentesis.com.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 56 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range compared to other brands. 100% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of video cameras of this age and type is 30x. At 57 times zoom factor, the Sony DCR-SR21 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the HC-V510 (62x and higher rated), the HC-V10 (63x and higher rated), or the SDR-S70 (70x and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The DCR-SR21 has a quite big digital zoom (1,800 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder. The digital zooms of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HDC-TM80 (2,000x), or the HC-V160 ($149.99) (2,500x) both from Panasonic or the Sharp HC-V130 (2,500x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DCR-SR21 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Sharp HC-V130.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

The DCR-SR21 has one of the higher maximum aperture numbers (5.7) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.6.

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Storage

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacities of camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 2GB to 120GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 25GB. With an internal storage capacity of 80 gigabytes, the Sony DCR-SR21 has one of the larger internal storage capacities amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Image Sensor

Only 1.8" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the DCR-SR21 is 1.8". That's 10% less optical sensor size than a 1" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1.8") is actually the worst optical sensor size across all small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

The best optical sensor size amongst similar types of camcorder is 1/2".

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed, the effective megapixels (movie) of the Sony DCR-SR21 of only 0.49 megapixels is one of the lowest. The average effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera is 2MP, and the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Image Resolution

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

This video camera's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

Across similar types of video camera the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the DCR-SR21 in April 2017.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 310 grams, the DCR-SR21 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the DCR-SR21 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria FS406 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this small total megapixels camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the Canon Legria HF R56 (3" and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ620 (3" and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers antarris sr210js, dcrsr21es.cen
Barcodes 04057719012509, 04905524828993, 04905524829020, 04905524829037, 04905524829051

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