written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/24/2011
The Sony camcorder line of products offer different image qualities and storage options. It is up to you to determine which set of features is appropriate for your needs.
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Looking for a Sony camcorder to buy will be much easier if you know exactly what you are going to use it for. For regular home video recording, the DCR line offers the right kinds of features. For more high end recording for both home and professional projects, the HDR line is a good fit. The camcorders in these lines offer different storage options which is something that is also important when considering which product to buy.
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Sony HDR-CX110 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX110 can shoot 3 megapixel still images and video in 1920x1080 Full HD. This capability to record high definition video comes with the ability to play back 1080/60p videos via HDMI connection with an compatible HDTV. With an Exmor R CMOS sensor, it provides great performance in low light conditions while its Carl Zeiss Vario Sonna T 25x optical zoom lens provides zooming capabilities that are simply phenomenal especially considering the camcorder's compact design. Storage is provided by a Memory stick PRO Duo slot and direct connectivity to an external hard drive without the use of a computer. You can buy it for $405.94.
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Sony HDR-CX150 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
This camcorder is basically the same as the CX110 with the only difference being it storage option. Instead of using Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards, the CX150 uses a 16GB embedded Flash memory. The rest of the features are the same, including the high definition video recording and playback, the optical zoom capability and the great performance in low light conditions. Picking either this camcorder or the CX110 depends on your preference for storage method. You can get this recommended camcorder for beginners for $339.99.
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Sony HDR-CX550V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Like the CX150, this camcorder has the Exmor R CMOS sensor that provides great performance in low light conditions, as well as the high definition video recording capability. It shoots 12 megapixel still images and uses a 64GB embedded Flash memory for storage. You can enjoy image stabilization thanks to the Optical SteadyShot technology that comes with Active Mode and 3-Way Shake Canceling capabilities that allow you to shoot smooth wide angle shots. You can buy it for $1,299.
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Sony HDR-XR150 High Definition HDD Handycam Camcorder
This Sony camcorder gives you a lot of storage space for 3 megapixel still images and videos with a built-in 120GB hard drive. Like the other camcorders in the HDR line, the XR150 allows for high definition video recording at 1920x1080 Full HD, as well as playback at 1080/60p via HDMI connection with a compatible HDTV. It also features the Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario Sonna T 25x optical zoom lens, allowing you to take great images in low light conditions and zooming in on your subject. Image stabilization is provided by the Optical SteadyShot feature. You can buy it for $489.
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Sony HDR-XR550V HDD Handycam Camcorder
This HD camcorder lets you record 1920x1080 Full HD videos and 12 megapixel still images. It has an Exmor R CMOS sensor for low light shooting and wide angle 26.3mm G-Lens that provides 10x optical zoom. It can store videos and still images in a roomy 240GB hard drive that is built-in. You can purchase it for $859.
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Sony HDR-FX7 3-CMOS HDV High Definition Handycam Camcorder
This camcorder supports both standard and high definition recording modes, as well as playback. It has a 62mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 20x optical zoom. It has 3 ClearVid CMOS sensors that allow you to take precise and detailed images. It is also capable of capturing 1.2 megapixel still images. It uses Memory Stick Duo for storage. It is designed to be used in more serious video recording like in amateur films and even semi-professional ones. You can get it for $1,998.
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Sony DCR-SX44 Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder
If high definition isn't your thing, you can just use the DCR line of Sony camcorders. This one, the SX44, uses a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that provides 60x optical zoom and 2000x digital zoom. It stores it high quality videos using a 4GB embedded Flash memory. It also lets you transfer media to an external hard drive without using a computer. You can get it for $216.99.
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Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam Camcorder
Like the SX44, the DVD650 offers great image quality thanks to its Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. However, instead of using embedded Flash memory for storage, this camcorder uses Memory Stick Duo memory cards. It also allows you to store your recorded media directly to a DVD, making it one of the most efficient devices for sharing media. You can get it for $249.95.
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Sony DCR-SR68 HDD Handycam Camcorder
Like the rest of the DCR line of camcorders, the SR68 has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a 60x optical zoom and 2000x digital zoom. For storage, it offers more by having a built-in 80GB hard drive. It also supports direct file transfer to an external hard drive without the use of a computer in case you need for thean 80GB. You can buy this Sony camcorder for $325.45.