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Sony HDR-SR5E Hi Def 40gb HD Camcorder - £425.95

£425.95 @ Dixons
Grab this excellent High Def Camcorder for the bargin price of £425.95 Deal works like this: £501 on Dixons site Use code GIMME5 at check out for 5% off (£25.05) £475.95 Claim £50 cash back f…
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9y, 2m agoFound 9 years, 2 months ago
Grab this excellent High Def Camcorder for the bargin price of £425.95

Deal works like this:

£501 on Dixons site
Use code GIMME5 at check out for 5% off (£25.05)
£475.95
Claim £50 cash back from Sony by 25th Feb makes this only £425.95
As well as the cash back you also get a free copy of ACV HD Sony Vegas 7 editing software - making the ACVHD files editing easy so not addition software required - good times.

Also quidco to may bring this down a further £3 - not much but every little helps

Top quality for capturing the christmas antics in full 1080i high def

1080i High Definition recording (AVCHD Format)
Up to 15 hour High Definition recording on 40GB internal HDD
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T*
ClearVid CMOS Sensor for optimum picture quality
x.v.Colour mode for more vivid, lively and true colour
Quick browsing with new intelligent search functions: Film Roll Index, Face Index, Highlight Index
10x optical zoom / 80x digital zoom
4.0 Megapixel still image recording and 2.3 Megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies
STAMINA up to 6 hours 45 minutes (with optional battery, LCD backlight off)
2.7" Wide, "Clear photo LCD plus" screen with touch panel
Dolby Digital 5.1ch Creator for Surround sound recording with built in microphone
Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage
Super SteadyShot
2nd Start / Stop REC and zoom button on LCD frame
Easy-to-use Home menu and Guide function
HDMI output for HD ready TV
Hi-speed USB 2.0 (input / output)
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#1
Why the cold votes you fools - this is the cheapest Hi Def sony camcorder - it's a hot deal - regardless of any sony haters - it has excellent reviews.
Find it cheaper if you can.
#2
Do you know which version of Vegas you get? I seem to remember that it’s the previous version number which is 7 but I’m wondering if you get the full version of 7. If so it makes the deal even sweeter. Hot.
#3
It says it is Sony Vegas v7
It looks like only the pro version come with Acv HD - happy days
#4
This is a blinding deal. I just bought a Sanyo HD1000 because it shoots decent HD, was reasonably priced and is pocketable, so I will use it far more often than a traditional digicam. But at this price I would of seriously considered this and put up with the slight bulk.

One word of caution though, 1080i is a nightmare to edit, very few software packages and hardware can cope. So if you have the option, you may be better shooting in 720p. You won't notice much quality difference, but it's much more likely that your machine will cope.

I use Sony Vegas 8 Platinum. Works great and was only 42 quid at Amazon.
banned#5
Could you really record 15hours of HD content onto 40gb?
#6
N20Y1D;1358657
Could you really record 15hours of HD content onto 40gb?

Probably at lower 720p setting. Not sure on this, but mine can shoot 1080i 60 frames interlaced, 720p 60fps and 720p 30 fps. All are HD, but file size varies hugely.
#7
N20Y1D
Could you really record 15hours of HD content onto 40gb?


Most likely with aggressive compression.
#8
Here is the full video to space ratings:

All in Meg per sec I think.

AVC HD 15Meg (XP)

Picture Quality Mode
SR5E(40GB HDD)

AVC HD 15M (XP)
Approx. 5 h 20 min

AVC HD 9M (HQ)
Approx. 9 h 40 min

AVC HD 7M (SP)*
Approx. 11 h 50 min

AVC HD 5M (LP)
Approx. 15 h 10 min

With respect to size - fit's in the plam of your hand quite well, not too bluky.
#9
Excellent deal - I'm looking for a new camcorder for the family trip to Disney Florida next July. Only concern is that a 40gb drive ain't going to last me 3 weeks. Is there any way (without a PC) you can transfer the contents to another hard drive to free up space?
#10
if i recorded at 720p res how many hours cn i fit onto 1 DVD thats the question!!:roll:
#11
As nice as it is, I think the current thinking, in terms of digital camcorders, is that 3 CCD machines provide a far better picture, especially when recording HD.

As this is just a single CCD, from the information I can find online, I would pass in favour of the newer Panasonic camcorders (http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/icat/camcorders) which can be got for around £500 with 3 CCD technology.
#12
W1zz
Excellent deal - I'm looking for a new camcorder for the family trip to Disney Florida next July. Only concern is that a 40gb drive ain't going to last me 3 weeks. Is there any way (without a PC) you can transfer the contents to another hard drive to free up space?


Not that I am aware of - on anoother forum Sony have said that it does not see mass storage drives as additional space - you would need a P.C to do this and some time to copy the files across.
#13
alfie786
if i recorded at 720p res how many hours cn i fit onto 1 DVD thats the question!!:roll:


A single dvd is only 4.5gb, all depends on how much editing you do but as a ball park I think an hour Of Hi Def is about 7gb.
It does have the option to use standard recording SD (Mpeg2) which will increase the amount of record time and also lower the size of the files.
#14
johnnywashngo
As nice as it is, I think the current thinking, in terms of digital camcorders, is that 3 CCD machines provide a far better picture, especially when recording HD.

As this is just a single CCD, from the information I can find online, I would pass in favour of the newer Panasonic camcorders (http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/icat/camcorders) which can be got for around £500 with 3 CCD technology.


For £500.00 they are not HD or have HDD. Sony is a much better option.
#15
kpkiller
A single dvd is only 4.5gb, all depends on how much editing you do but as a ball park I think an hour Of Hi Def is about 7gb.
It does have the option to use standard recording SD (Mpeg2) which will increase the amount of record time and also lower the size of the files.


AVCHD has a better data compression ratio than MPEG2.

One hour is around 4GB.
#16
johnnywashngo
As nice as it is, I think the current thinking, in terms of digital camcorders, is that 3 CCD machines provide a far better picture, especially when recording HD.

As this is just a single CCD, from the information I can find online, I would pass in favour of the newer Panasonic camcorders (http://shop.panasonic.co.uk/icat/camcorders) which can be got for around £500 with 3 CCD technology.
Er... it's not single chip CCD - it's single chip CMOS which is a totally different ball game although the jury is still out over which one is better. If you're looking for the ultimate HD camcorder for under £1000 then the best model on the market is the Canon HV20 which is approximately £540 - it's MiniDV based (ie. it uses tapes) rather than HD but MiniDV uses less compression and therefore gives far superior picture quality....
#17
johnnywashngo
As nice as it is, I think the current thinking, in terms of digital camcorders, is that 3 CCD machines provide a far better picture, especially when recording HD.
.


I would have thought the number of pixels it records would be better than having a 3ccd camera with 1/2 the res??
#18
furq
AVCHD has a better data compression ratio than MPEG2.

One hour is around 4GB.


If it is 4gb then why can it only record 5 hours on a 40gb drive?????
#19
But once you copy it over to DVD it wot be HD anymore so whats the point, unless you can burn to Blueray
#20
Bardo
Er... it's not single chip CCD - it's single chip CMOS which is a totally different ball game. If you're looking for the ultimate HD camcorder for under £1000 then the best model on the market is the Canon HV20 which is approximately £540 - it's MiniDV based (ie. it uses tapes) rather than HD but MiniDV uses less compression and therefore gives far superior picture quality....

But you will be spending a fair whack on tapes?
It's what ever floats your boat really - we could be on her for hours debating the pros and cons of every camcorder.
#21
Berbatov
But once you copy it over to DVD it wot be HD anymore so whats the point, unless you can burn to Blueray

You can still play Hi def footage from a DVD.
Blu Ray just means you can store more.
So rather than a full 5 hours you can have 30/60min of 1080i footage on a normal 4.5gb DVD-R
#22
Bardo;1359011
Er... it's not single chip CCD - it's single chip CMOS which is a totally different ball game although the jury is still out over which one is better. If you're looking for the ultimate HD camcorder for under £1000 then the best model on the market is the Canon HV20 which is approximately £540 - it's MiniDV based (ie. it uses tapes) rather than HD but MiniDV uses less compression and therefore gives far superior picture quality....


Agreed. If you want best quality at the lowest price. the Canon HV20 and tape is still the way to go. If you want complete ease of use, then go with the Sony.

Panasonics 3 ccd option has shown no advantage (yet) with HD.
#23
kpkiller
But you will be spending a fair whack on tapes?
It's what ever floats your boat really - we could be on her for hours debating the pros and cons of every camcorder.


I may be old fashioned but tapes would be more reliable and safer - I just do not trust 40GB of what could be precious material on a hard drive - especially one that is going to be pretty mobile!

At least with tapes you would be archiving your material stage by stage. - where the hell can you offload your shot material on holiday - or imagine the holiday disaster - a crashed hdd at the end of the trip!
#24
Berbatov;1359036
But once you copy it over to DVD it wot be HD anymore so whats the point, unless you can burn to Blueray


As with most things, the better the source, the better the transfer/output. You would hope to retain some of the extra detail that an SD camera simply didn't 'see' in the first place.
#25
grumpyone;1359120
I may be old fashioned but tapes would be more reliable and safer - I just do not trust 40GB of what could be precious material on a hard drive - especially one that is going to be pretty mobile!

At least with tapes you would be archiving your material stage by stage. - where the hell can you offload your shot material on holiday - or imagine the holiday disaster - a crashed hdd at the end of the trip!


Is a concern;

Crucial are bringing out solid state 64gb hard drives early next year. shouldn't take too long for these to find their way into a digicam.

http://www.crucial.com/uk/promo/index.aspx?prog=ssd
#26
grumpyone
I may be old fashioned but tapes would be more reliable and safer - I just do not trust 40GB of what could be precious material on a hard drive - especially one that is going to be pretty mobile!

At least with tapes you would be archiving your material stage by stage. - where the hell can you offload your shot material on holiday - or imagine the holiday disaster - a crashed hdd at the end of the trip!


All if's and buts really - what happens if the tape gets jammed and unwinds in the recorder causing it to stick and get trapped.
Yes you will have footage from previous tapes but the current one will be gone.
Technology has moved on and this is far less likely to happen, how many times have HD based things broken, I for one have a laptop, I-pod, Sky-hd, P.C and not one has had HD problems.
It's a fact of life that things go wrong sometimes but we have no control over them.
#27
kpkiller
... how many times have HD based things broken ...


[COLOR="Red"]There are only two types of people in the world - those who have had a hard disk crash and those that will.[/COLOR]
#28
[QUOTE=sburley]This is a blinding deal. I just bought a Sanyo HD1000 because it shoots decent HD, was reasonably priced and is pocketable, so I will use it far more often than a traditional digicam.QUOTE]

What's the sanyo HD1000 like, sean a few sample i'm very impressed with HD - you can really tell the difference...

What i carn't get over is the price change $350 in US, £450 - £500 here...

Seen it for £399 here but not at a trusted web site...
#29
nice one OP, 3% egg cash back aswell :)

shame! they increased the price to £525
#30
For any of you people who can get access to a Costco Card, they have the more expensive HDR-HC5 in at the absolutely bargain price of £411 inc vat. If i'd been in the market for one i'd have got one today.

The HDR-HC5 is MiniDV tape based recording for higher quality and if it qualifies for Sony's £50 cashback let me know and i'll post it separately as that would bring it down to £361.

The HDR-HC5 is currently £700 in Jessops and I couldn't find it anywhere for much less than £500.

I was gonna post it till I saw this op and thought i#d piggy back the deal, since i'm lazy. =)
I hope this helps make someone's christmas a merry one.
#31
bright_spark;1359579

What's the sanyo HD1000 like, sean a few sample i'm very impressed with HD - you can really tell the difference...

What i carn't get over is the price change $350 in US, £450 - £500 here...

Seen it for £399 here but not at a trusted web site...


Having looked at and rejected all other Sanyo Xacti efforts so far, I am truly blown away by the HD1000. For what it is, it does the job brilliantly. You will get better HD from most other cams on the market. but not in the same easily usable package. It also easily beats my 3CCD SD Panasonic for colour and detail. It's the perfect travel video camera.

Price is an issue, though I think you meant £350 (approx) in US? When launched in Japan it was actually dearer than here. It's exactly the same camera though - exports PAL or NTSC, so if you can get in America or Hong Kong, etc, go for it.
I got it for approx £420 from Jessops with discount and 9% Quidco (now finished). It's priced at the market and the market is rapidly changing, so I'm sure it will come down soon - but I've used it 3 times already in 2 weeks, in situations I wouldn't probably have taken a digicam, so for me it's already paid for itself. Plus whilst most manufacturers are reducing features at this end of the HD market, the Sanyo is very well endowed.
#32
sburley

Price is an issue, though I think you meant £350 (approx) in US? When launched in Japan it was actually dearer than here. It's exactly the same camera though - exports PAL or NTSC, so if you can get in America or Hong Kong, etc, go for it.


Hi, yes your right Amazon had the Hd700 for $300 in December....
The HD1000 is more expensive...

Have you seen the HD700, what do you think of that?

I was also looking a jessops & the 9% quidco with 10% but the deal has now ended... ;-)
martindawes has the HD1 refurbished - but i'm not that impressed @ £159
suspended#33
i'd recommend holding off buying a HD camcorder tbh, good 1080p camcorders cost £700+ here, but are MUCH cheaper in america, you should use 1 of the websites that buy things for you from america and post to the uk. could save yourself £300 or so and have a much higher quality camera. wait another year tho, £400 could prob buy you a really nice 1080p camera in 1yr.
#34
bright_spark;1360393
Hi, yes your right Amazon had the Hd700 for $300 in December....
The HD1000 is more expensive...

Have you seen the HD700, what do you think of that?

I was also looking a jessops & the 9% quidco with 10% but the deal has now ended... ;-)
martindawes has the HD1 refurbished - but i'm not that impressed @ £159


I was initially going for a 700 because I was impressed by samples on the web and couldn't see the point of spending more on the 1000. But thanks to US consumer laws there's enough people out there who have bought both and returned the 700 having found the 1000 vastly superior. It's lens in much much better and also, though not perfect, it copes with low light very well. The 700 is terrible in that respect.

Hd1000 reviewed in Digital Video mag this month, scores very respectable 90% 'Best Buy'.

Steve's digicams http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=27
is a great place for sourcing sample and reviews.

Also www.vimeo.com for posting HD on web.

That is a good price for HD1 and I'm sure the SD video is perfectly good, but IMHO the HD1000 is well worth the extra.
#35
hajj_3;1360441
i'd recommend holding off buying a HD camcorder tbh, good 1080p camcorders cost £700+ here, but are MUCH cheaper in america, you should use 1 of the websites that buy things for you from america and post to the uk. could save yourself £300 or so and have a much higher quality camera. wait another year tho, £400 could prob buy you a really nice 1080p camera in 1yr.


Possibly, but most consumers cameras are only 1080i max and even that is a struggle for most PC/software to cope with. 720p is such a massive improvement over SD, going up to 1080 makes little difference, unless you really have an amazing TV and isn't worth the extra agro.
Shooting 25fps, as most Canons can, is far more beneficial.
For me, if I use a camera a couple of times commercially, it literally pays for itself, but this would also be true regarding 'family' or 'holiday' moments. Why wait a year... you could wait forever.
#36
sburley
One word of caution though, 1080i is a nightmare to edit, very few software packages and hardware can cope. So if you have the option, you may be better shooting in 720p. You won't notice much quality difference, but it's much more likely that your machine will cope.

For certain types of material it will look better also due to being progressive rather than interlaced. I don’t think the Sony’s offer 720P and neither do most of the initial HD camcorders.
suspended#37
sburley;1360484
Possibly, but most consumers cameras are only 1080i max and even that is a struggle for most PC/software to cope with. 720p is such a massive improvement over SD, going up to 1080 makes little difference, unless you really have an amazing TV and isn't worth the extra agro.
Shooting 25fps, as most Canons can, is far more beneficial.
For me, if I use a camera a couple of times commercially, it literally pays for itself, but this would also be true regarding 'family' or 'holiday' moments. Why wait a year... you could wait forever.


ppl should upgrade their computers or be patient with the editing and/or encoding, ive got a core 2 duo overclocked to 3.7ghz, runs everything including encoding very nicely.

1080p is quite a fair bit better than 720p on 37"+ monitors, i watch lots of films, tv shows and encoded shows, im a movie buff and notice things like that and out of sync videos etc. plus 1080i is interlaced and can be a pain to view on some tv's changing settings and on pc's.

wait till the prices come down, 1080p cameras have only really been out around 12-18months but are becoming alot more common with better sensors.

i wouldnt say wait forever, digital cameras are great nowadays, cheap, great 7 megapixel cameras can be had for £90 its all about waiting till the technology is perfected and even the highend £1000 HD camcorders have their flaws, they either have poor avchd, low bitrates, record on dvd instead of having a harddrive, too small harddrives and many other flaws which means a truly great performing camcorder would set you back £1500. im gunna wait till great hd camcorders come down to the £400 range. its a bit too early in their lifespan to buy 1, like with the 1st gen hd-dvd players.
#38
Hi everyone.
Just thought of dropping some lines about HDV cameras.
At the moment the best camera for HDV filming for its price and functionality is Canon HV20.
Any dvd or hard drive camera won't give you better quality & flexibility which a dv camera gives & you can save the DVs for archive.
mini dvs are much better then dvds or other media for archiving over long periods.
all the other hdv cameras in the same category are expensive (sony, panasonic etc.) & features vise canon is better also.

i hope this was helpful
SAZ
#39
hajj_3;1360647
i wouldnt say wait forever, digital cameras are great nowadays, cheap, great 7 megapixel cameras can be had for £90 its all about waiting till the technology is perfected and even the highend £1000 HD camcorders have their flaws, they either have poor avchd, low bitrates, record on dvd instead of having a harddrive, too small harddrives and many other flaws which means a truly great performing camcorder would set you back £1500. im gunna wait till great hd camcorders come down to the £400 range. its a bit too early in their lifespan to buy 1, like with the 1st gen hd-dvd players.

What annoys me is that rather than progressing, often manufacturers just put numbers in front of features. Increased megapixels, increased digital zooms, but little real development. Have compact digital cameras really progressed in the last few years. Many seem to have peaked and gone backwards. It's the same with HD cams; 1st generation models were feature rich, whilst replacements models have dropped important basic functions - now they have peoples attention and the cameras sell themselves, shelf life is playing a bigger role. Products get dumbed down and you still pay more (relatively) to get the basics of movie making - audio in seems to have been deleted from many camera 'updates'.
And look what Apple did to iMovie '08 - stupefying.
suspended#40
modern digital cameras are actually pretty decent, the panasonic DMC-FX12 is 3x optical, 7.2mp, it has great reviews and only £90 on ebuyer. HD camcorders are still living in the past, i wont be buying 1 for atleast 18 months till some good ones are out, 160gb 1.8" included in the camera, much better sensors. 40gb is the biggest which aint enough. the early adopters of hddvd and blueray got **** 1st gen players, only did 1080i, didnt support many hd audio formats, no hdmi 1.3, no deep colour etc, same is with these.

so hold off for 1yr+ ppl.

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