Sony's Not-So-Handycam

The DCR-SR80 packs a lot of features and records some sharp videobut there's nothing handy about learning how to use it

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Good image quality for video and photos; excellent storage

The Bad: Unintuitive at the outset; unhelpful user guide; navigating menus on touch-screen LCD while viewing video is confusing and distracting

The Bottom Line: Overall, a very good camcorder, but the learning curve is steep

As far as camcorders go, I have to admit I have lived in a cave for the last several years. Before testing the Sony Handycam DCR-SR80, the last camcorder I used was the size of a toaster, and it weighed about as much.

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