Sony DCR-SX40 Palm-Sized camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)

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  • Brand: Sony
  • Category: Camcorders

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Make the memories last & mdash ;in style. The ultra-compact DCR-SX40 Handycam & reg; camcorder can record video to 4GB of embedded memory or handy removable Memory Stick Duo & trade; or Memory Stick PRO Duo & trade; media. A professional-quality Carl Zeiss & reg; Vario-Tessar & reg; lens delivers sharp, high resolution images and its 60x optical zoom lets you bring the action closer with impeccable detail. Available in silver, red, and blue.


  • 4GB embedded memory
  • 60X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom
  • Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • Hybrid Recording to 4GB memory or Memory Stick media (sold separately)
  • 2.7” wide touch panel LCD display (123k pixels)
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DCRSX40
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 60 x



Deliliah J. Whitehead 5.0
101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
My first impressions of this small camcorder are very good. The size is perfect as it fits in your purse so it is available at all times. How many times have you thought I wish I had my camera. The battery last about one and a half hours,it is a infolithium battery, which means that you can see how much time you have left on it. Plus it will hold and retain its charge over time. The record time on sp is about 85 minutes. This camcorder will accept up to a 16 gig memory card. And, you can purchas ... e additional batteries with longer record time. The number of the batteries range between np-fh50 to np-fh100. The touch screen is simple and easy to use. It is powered up when the lcd screen is opened. The controls all have a good placement.The zoom is great works quietly and quickly. The sound is also very good(I could hear every bite the cat ate,the screech of the rocking chair and even the tv which was turned low.)No it is not hd but the picture is very good. This camcorder has a quality... More >
Sarah P 4.0
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I was torn between the Sony SX40 (or SX41) and the Canon FS200. They were similar in price, and the reviews here and elsewhere offered comparable raves and rants. I went with the Sony SX 40 because it comes with internal flash memory: even if you lose or corrupt your data stick, you can still film right to your camera. For the Canon you can only film to a data stick; this adds about $50 to the price because you must purchase it separately. Also, the Sony SXs save their files as MPEG-2s, whic ... h I have heard are more compatible with various software than the Canon's MOD files.I love the SX40's compact size, the feather lightness, the intuitive simplicity of filming, and the clarity of the movies on our TV screen. I do not love the short battery life and long recharge time.I was also troubled by camera's filetype and the bundled Picture Motion Browser software. Other reviewers have made similar complaints, so I was ready for the glitch but still frustrated... More >
Bizzie8 4.0
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Tried for the first time at a school concert where I sat at the back of the auditorium as I do not want to disturb others as I might be fussing with the unit. With the 60x optical, it came out very well. Even managed to zoom into the individual face. Picked up the music played clearly without any problems. The battery that came with the unit has maximum of abt 1 and half hours. Not enough for most and would need to buy a higher capacity battery. Would need additional memory as 4Gb would not be e ... nough - at least for me.The unit is so small, it fits onto your palm nicely. Probably too small for those with big hands!! When watched taped movies using my analog TV, it is much clearer than the old tape camcorders. Still pictures taken was just as good, obviously without the results as a still camera.No conversion issues/problems. The software that came with the unit simply provides the managing of the taped contents to your hard drive with ease.No frills,... More >