I have been using the new Sony HDR-SR12 HD Handycam for the past two weeks.  The Sony HDR-SR12 is a magnificent piece of artistry and engineering.


If you are aware of the Sony HDR-SR11, the only real difference between that Handycam and the HDR-SR12 is a doubling of the internal hard drive from 60gigs to 120gigs.

I have used Sony Handycams for many years.  The HDR-HC3 was a tape machine that provided great video.  The HDR-SR7 was also a stalwart performer for my video projects. 

The biggest bump from the HDR-HC3 and the HDR-SR12 is the increase in megapixel density from 6.1 to 10.2 for still images and the fact that the SR12 can now do 1920 x 1080 Full HD video without blinking an eye or fluttering a shutter. 

I have used the SR12 in bright daylight, under ugly florescent light and inside high-powered indoor pro studio lighting conditions — and the Handycam always made the necessary adjustments to provide the richest color and finest detail.

The controls on the SR12 are also re-designed and well-defined. The buttons have a greater tactile feel and provide a better response:  Now you know when you’ve hit the record button without having to look at the screen!

If you’re looking for a fine consumer HD video camera for around a thousand dollars — you will not miss with, and you will not be disappointed by — the Sony HDR-SR12.

I make that recommendation based on my own experience.  I was not paid for this review.  I bought the camera with my own money.  There are no paid links — or any links at all! — in this review. 

I have no interest in pushing you to buy the device or to tickle an affiliate link.

I like celebrating good things on this blog, and the HDR-SR12 is a quick way to publish outstanding editorial content while also sharpening your directorial joy.  It’s a delight to create magic out of a box with just your fingers and a few megapixels.

Posted by David Boles

David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at Boles.com | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.

6 Comments

  1. Neat, David. Is the thing heavy to use? It looks bulky.

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  2. David W. Boles July 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t think it’s bulky at all, Anne. I use a Slik tripod for most of my work so weight and bulk really isn’t an issue for me.

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  3. David W. Boles July 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    5.1 surround. As you zoom in and out, the sound “adapts” to the environmental change, Anne. Really quite special.

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  4. Kathakali Chatterjee July 20, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Awesome picture quality – David!

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  5. David W. Boles July 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you, my Katha! SMILE!

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