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.


  1. 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.