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 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.

Product Review Summary

Based on 9 user reviews
44% recommend this product
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  • Easy to Use (3)
  • Excellent Picture Quality (3)
  • Compact (1)
  • Lightweight (1)
  • Good Sound (1)
  • Good in Low Light (1)
  • Powerful Zoom (1)
  • Short Battery Life (2)
  • Poor Quality (1)
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  • Outdoors (2)
  • Home Movies (2)
  • Travel (1)
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Consumer Reviews


Camera blurs focus all the time!

byangel4711 Oct 28, 2008
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
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.
Recommended it? No

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... Read full review »



bykissalways Aug 11, 2008
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Small, Light-weight, easy to use
Cons No Remote Control, Bad Video & Sound Quality, Useless with my Mac
Recommended it? No

I'm in a rock band and I tape all my gigs. I hated having to run back and forth to my old camera(s) to check how much tape was left, or worse, running out of tape in the middle of a song, so I bought this camera a few months ago thinking it would be great for video taping my gigs. Great thoughts,... Read full review »



bycobidoll May 4, 2008
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros easy to hold...but no stabilizer mode. even my 1989 camcorder had that!
Cons everything is a con. i would GIVE IT AWAY!
Recommended it? No

grainy video, VERY grainy pictures...(unless u are in bright sunshine!) worst of all, kiss editing goodbye. if you want to make videos/movies etc... go with a digital tape. this is not compatible with a mac either. no matter what you download! this has been difficult, long struggle and not fun. it... Read full review »

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