6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Sony Handycam HDR-SR11

About Video Transcript

First Look: Sony Handycam HDR-SR11

2:16 /

Sony's 60GB hard-drive-based AVCHD camcorder delivers top notch performance and image quality.

^M00:00:00 [ Music ] >> Hello. I'm Phil Ryan, senior editor, CNET.com. And we're taking a look at the Sony Handycam HDR-SR11. The SR11 is an AVCHD camcorder, so it records in that format to a hard drive, a 60-gigabyte hard drive. It's got a nifty, big 2.7-inch LCD screen. It's got a 5-meagapixel CMOS sensor inside. And it can also shoot still images that the camera interpolates up to 10-megapixels. It has face detection. So it can identify a face in the screen and then it will use that face to focus and to determine exposure. It does use a touch screen menu system, which some people don't like, but you don't always have to use the menus for everything, because it's got a little cam control dial on front that you can set up so that it adjusts focus or shutter speed or iris control. And there's a little button right next to it that turns on and off backlight compensation, which is one of the things that I use quite a bit when I'm out in the fields shooting. On top you'll find a little accessory shoe for Sony's accessories. And there's a viewfinder, which is becoming increasingly rare on camcorders. And you can flip it up, but it doesn't extend out, unfortunately. One of the nifty things about this camera's designs is that it has hard doors for a lot of the jacks. There's a microphone input jack, and headphone jack. And it doesn't use little rubbery doors that can be annoying to use. It has nice, hard doors that slide. Overall, we liked the footage that we saw from this. It has a really nice 12X optical, T-star lens that's very sharp. And it gives you really good footage for any VCHD camcorder. It goes all the way up to 1920 by 1080, at 16-megapixels per second, which is better than you could do with ABC HD last year. I'm Phil Ryan, and this is the Sony Handycam HDR-SR11 ^M00:02:14 [ Music ]

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 103: Man's bionic arms make history, NASA proposes cloud cities on Venus and more
27:02 December 18, 2014
On today's show, we tell you how one man is making history with dual bionic arms, why a team at NASA thinks we should look into sending...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:35 December 18, 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Say hello to ZTE's mid-tier Grand X for Cricket Wireless
1:16 December 18, 2014
Featuring a 5-inch display, a dual-core processor, and a 5-megapixel camera, the affordable ZTE Grand X is available prepaid from...
Play video
The best Apple accessory products in 2014
5:07 December 18, 2014
Brian Tong picks his top 5 favorite products from 2014 that he uses with his iPhone and iPad, and you have a chance to win them al...
Play video
Is Ring better than Doorbot?
2:10 December 18, 2014
Ring suffers from some of the same old Doorbot drawbacks, but does show signs of improvement.
Play video
2014: The Year of the Hack
2:59 December 18, 2014
We ended this year the same way we rang it in - reeling from cyberattacks. Meanwhile, tech experts forecast doom for the future of...
Play video
Sony SmartWatch 3 has built-in GPS but its poor display doesn't impress
2:06 December 18, 2014
Sony's first Android Wear-based smartwatch has GPS built-in so you don't need to take your phone out running to track your progress....
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best Classic
2:00 December 18, 2014
XCAR look back over 2014 to figure out what the best classic car they drove this year was.
Play video