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Sony DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue)

B&H # SODCRSX45L MFR # DCRSX45/L
Sony DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue)

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Product Highlights

  • SD Flash Memory
  • Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Slot
  • 1/8" 680k Pixel CCD
  • 3.0" Wide Clear Photo Touch Panel LCD
  • CZ Vario Tessar Lens
  • 60x Optical Zoom and 70x Extended Zoom
  • Built-In USB Cable and PMB
  • Direct Copy
  • Stereo Sound Recording with Link to Zoom
  • Video Light
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The Sony DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder is an entry-level camera that goes beyond the realm of the pocket cam. Providing you with a plethora of shooting controls and functions the SX45 gives you customization options and the freedom to let the camera do the heavy-lifting for you.

Simply pop in a compatible media card: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, or SDHC. The SX45's 1/8" CCD image sensor works together with the processor, Carl Zeiss lens, features like image stabilization and 70x Extended zoom, and the 3.0" touch screen LCD to help you record your memories right to the memory card of your choosing.

Of course, the aforementioned shooting controls do a fair amount of the work as well. Intelligent Auto, for instance, automatically selects the right setting for your shot from seven different scene modes, taking the guesswork out of recording. Other features like an LED video help you to take your best shots at night or in low light settings.

When you're all done shooting and ready to share there's no need to fret. The SX45 comes with Sony's Picture Motion Browser software for editing with Windows based machines. PMB helps you to trim, add titles, and otherwise customize your footage. It also helps you to upload your movies to your favorite social media sites.

70x Extended Zoom
Extended zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake
3.0" Touch Screen Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (230K)
The 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode allows for a greater degree of image stabilization over the well known, Sony developed, SteadyShot stabilization that has been used for years, giving you more stable video even when on the move or in low light circumstances
Intelligent Auto - 36 Different Scene Combinations Possible
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes (36 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Macro, Portait, Tripod
Dolby Digital Stereo Recording with Built-In Zoom Mic
The built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds
Face Detection
Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural
Built-In LED Video Light
The DCR-SX45 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfer/Charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it
Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your TV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features
Includes Sony Picture Motion Browser Software
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites
Auto Lens Cover
The automatic lens cover protects the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens from scratches during transport or while not in use by closing the lens cover automatically when the camera is shut off
Film Roll / Face Index
With Film Roll Index, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and creates scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes). Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index
Dual Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX45 accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)
UPC: 027242819887
Camera
Sensor 1/8"  CCD
Optics
Lens 1.8 - 108 mm
f/1.8 - 6.0
Zoom Optical: 60x
Intelligent (Optical): 70x
Digital: 2000x
Filter Size 37 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD  
Video Format Standard Definition
MPEG2
720 x 480i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 640 x 480
JPEG: 640 x 360
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
Features
Image Stabilization Digital
Lux 3 (1/30 shutter speed)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.9" / 52.5 x 57.0 x 123.5 mm
Weight 8.1 oz / 230 g
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 7.7 x 4.1"
Sony DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • NP-FV30 Battery Pack
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • User's Operating Guide
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Days Labor Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonyDCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.2

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (17)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Great picture quality (11)
    • Image stabilization (11)
    • Large clear LCD (9)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (8)
    • Travel (8)
    • Movies/short films (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (13), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Buy! Great Camcorder

    I bought the camera to record/document my many travels and record different places that I've visited....The DCR-SX45 is PERFECT for this use. It's so compact and light it will go anywhere...Read complete review

    I bought the camera to record/document my many travels and record different places that I've visited....The DCR-SX45 is PERFECT for this use. It's so compact and light it will go anywhere and it's 14hr battery it a tremendous bonus....I did buy an additional 7hr battery as back up just in case. I'm still familiarizing myself with the many function and love the user friendly software it comes with...Unfortunately the auto focus isn't as bright in dark places. I would have like more auto lighting. However there is a light you can turn on when you need extra lighting.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's not the product that i thought it w

    things that are GREAT is it's very compact, easy to use.It doesn't take too much space on PC or on SDHC cards.

    Things that are NOT GREAT. I had to buy 2...Read complete review

    things that are GREAT is it's very compact, easy to use.It doesn't take too much space on PC or on SDHC cards.

    Things that are NOT GREAT. I had to buy 2 batteries long duty .because battery is only for 1.5 hour.The Image was not great (i thought it would be HD).When you do zooming the image go worse.

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    4.0

    Great Product for the price

    By VJ

    from PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue):

          Great Product for the price. Easy to use out of the box.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Share this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Love it

          By A mom

          from South Hadley, MA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

            Bought as a gift for my daughter's 20th birthday! Mostly being used for fun and a few college projects. Quality of video is great and easy to use.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Share this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Buy! Great Camcorder

            By Stone Soup

            from Sherman Oaks, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Software
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue):

            I bought the camera to record/document my many travels and record different places that I've visited....The DCR-SX45 is PERFECT for this use. It's so compact and light it will go anywhere and it's 14hr battery it a tremendous bonus....I did buy an additional 7hr battery as back up just in case. I'm still familiarizing myself with the many function and love the user friendly software it comes with...Unfortunately the auto focus isn't as bright in dark places. I would have like more auto lighting. However there is a light you can turn on when you need extra lighting.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Zoom is outta this world

            By faithwalker

            from Lily,Ky

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance
            • Zooms in on small details

            Cons

            • No cons found

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

            I will be using the camcorder to document cemeteries
            The zoom is most helpful in retrieving hard to reach data.
            It is high tech and well worth the money

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it so far!

            By Bill

            from NJ

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue):

                Nice camera...nothing bad to say. We were looking for a simple video camera to replace the one we had which was 9 years old. Our old Sony worked perfectly the whole 9 years (and still does...just tired of tapes) so we looked for another. This has been perfect. Super light weight, touch screen controls so really easy to use, and it takes really nice video. So far, we are really happy.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Sony Handy Cam

                By Video Girl

                from Western Springs, IL

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                    I bought the Sony handy cam for my daughter. It has been very easy for her to use and it takes great video and wonderful pictures. She has been very happy with how easy it has been to use. I give it 4 stars.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blac

                    By liemalpine

                    from new orlean louisiana

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel

                      Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                      good basic camcorder

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great camcorder

                      By Sporttrainer

                      from Harpers Ferry, WV

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                        I love this camera. It is easy to use,compact, and takes high-quality pictures and film.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Not bad for what I needed

                        By Bob Vacation

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • LCD unusable in the Sun

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                          I would have rated this with 5 stars but the lack of a view finder makes this unit almost unusable in the direct sun light as the 3 inch touch screen is great it can not be seen in the sun light and there are no adjustments to help at all. So do not expect to be able to see what you are filming when you are out in the sun. Otherwise great unit with out HD.

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          value for money camcorder for everyday

                          By prakash

                          from Galveston , TX

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                              I find this as an very usefull worth its penny and a usefull gadget addition to my stock . Its hand and is easily operable by ever one. Even though professional may think otherwis e sure we cannot shoot a hollywood movie but definetely fair enough in catching our everyday life.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Value for your money

                              By Saikat

                              from Central islip, NY

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom

                              Cons

                              • Poor Still Image

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                              Easy to handle, movie quality is very good though still picture quality is very poor. It's size is fit to carry . Al together gr8 camera within a small budget.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Def. recommended!

                              By YNP

                              from Brooklyn, NY

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies

                                Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue):

                                This product is a great choice for a household camcorder. it's small and lightweight so its easy to store. its simple and easy to figure out how to use. the touch screen is clear and easy to use and you wont find yourself jamming at it to get it to register what you are pushing. the lens is steady and the footage you shoot is clear! i def. recommend this product!

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Simple enough to use

                                By pattinyc

                                from Poughkeepsie NY

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Sound
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Zoom range/performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                                    I bought this camcorder & for what I need it for it's fine & the clarity is very good. It's simple enough to use & I'm enjoying it. I'd recommend it to any amateur camera person. I have to say the pixels are very good and the audio works good. If you need something more high end then I'd invest in a more expensive camera but if you just want to use it for vacations & family gatherings it's fine.

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                                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    Worst Camcorder I Ever Bought!!!!

                                    By TVBob

                                    from The Dalles, OR

                                    About Me Pro Videographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Return it

                                        Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                                        It had such bad video, I returned it. It was by far the worst I have ever owned. So much for Sony quality!

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                                        • No

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                                        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        It's not the product that i thought it w

                                        By Antoine

                                        from Montreal, Canada

                                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Great Sound
                                        • Large Clear LCD

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Image Quality
                                        • Poor In Low Light

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Conferences

                                        Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                                        things that are GREAT is it's very compact, easy to use.It doesn't take too much space on PC or on SDHC cards.

                                        Things that are NOT GREAT. I had to buy 2 batteries long duty .because battery is only for 1.5 hour.The Image was not great (i thought it would be HD).When you do zooming the image go worse.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Very nice!

                                        By Sergio

                                        from Brazil

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Great Sound
                                        • Great Zoom
                                        • Zoom range/performance

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                                          I intend to use when travelling and family events.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great camcorder

                                          By john5

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Good Image Stabilization
                                          • Great Picture Quality
                                          • Great Sound
                                          • Large Clear LCD

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Still Image

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about DCR-SX45 SD Flash Memory Camcorder (Black):

                                          Great Camcoder!

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          Be prepared - always carry extra media.

                                          Sony - 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
                                          • You Pay: $14.99
                                           

                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

                                          Sony - NP-FV70 Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
                                          • You Pay: $61.48
                                           
                                          Watson - NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
                                          • You Pay: $34.95
                                           

                                          Bags & Cases

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                                          Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                          Pearstone - Onyx 1030 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                          • You Pay: $17.95
                                           

                                          Filters

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                                          Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

                                          Hoya - 37mm HMC UV Filter
                                          • You Pay: $5.95
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                                          Hoya - 37mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
                                          • Reg. Price: $32.95
                                          • Instant Savings: -$6.00
                                          • You Pay: $26.95
                                          • Limited supply at this price
                                           

                                          Lenses & Adaptors

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                                          Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

                                          Sony - VCL-HGA07B Full Range Conversion Lens (0.75x)
                                          • You Pay: $149.00
                                           
                                          Sony - VCL-HG1737C 37mm 1.7x Hi-Grade Telephoto Lens
                                          • You Pay: $189.00
                                           
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