Sony DCR-SX45/L SD Memory Card Camcorder, 70x Extended Zoom, 3.0" Touch-Screen Display, Built-in Zoom Microphone, Intelligent Auto, Blue

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About Sony DCR-SX45

The Sony DCR-SX45/L SD Flash Memory Camcorder is an entry-level camera that goes beyond the realm of the pocket cam. Providing you with a plethora of shooting controls and functions the SX45 gives you customization options and the freedom to let the camera do the heavy-lifting for you. Simply pop in a compatible media card: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, or SDHC. The SX45's 1/8" CCD image sensor works together with the processor, Carl Zeiss lens, features like image stabilization and 70x Extended zoom and the 3.0" touch screen LCD to help you record your memories right to the memory card of your choosing.

Of course, the aforementioned shooting controls do a fair amount of the work as well. Intelligent Auto, for instance, automatically selects the right setting for your shot from seven different scene modes, taking the guesswork out of recording. Other features like an LED video help you to take your best shots at night or in low light settings.

When you're all done shooting and ready to share there's no need to fret. The SX45 comes with Sony's Picture Motion Browser software for editing with Windows based machines. PMB helps you to trim, add titles and otherwise customize your footage. It also helps you to upload your movies to your favorite social media sites.

Sony DCR-SX45 Features

  • Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality
  • Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode allows for a greater degree of image stabilization over the well known, Sony developed, SteadyShot stabilization that has been used for years, giving you more stable video even when on the move or in low light circumstances
  • Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural
  • Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your TV
  • With Film Roll Index, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and creates scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes). Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene
  • The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake
  • Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes (36 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Macro, Portrait, Tripod
  • The DCR-SX45 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video
  • Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort and view your video and still images on your compatible PC
  • For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX45 accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)
  • The 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback
  • The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering
  • The built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds
  • The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it
  • The automatic lens cover protects the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens from scratches during transport or while not in use by closing the lens cover automatically when the camera is shut off

Sony DCR-SX45 Specifications

Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds
Auto Control Range: 1 / 4 - 1 / 4000; Self-timer: 10sec. (Still Image); Standard: 1 / 60-1 / 500; Auto: 1 / 60 - 1 / 500; Scene Selection: 1 / 60 - 1 / 4000 1 / 4 - 1 / 500 (Candle mode / "MOVIE" position only); Auto (Auto Slow Shutter ON): 1 / 30 - 1 / 500; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1 / 60 - 1 / 500
Focus System
Contrast AF
AF Modes
Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area
Full range Focus / Spot Focus
AF Illuminator
Camera Type
Digital STD Video Camera Recorder
Quick On
Yes (Power On by LCD)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Touch Panel)
Fader Effect(s)
White / Black
Date / Time Stamp
Yes (Rec Date / Time, Camera info)
Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes / Yes
Power Save Mode
Auto Shut-off (5 minutes)
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show; Playback Zoom (1.1 x -5x) (TouchPanel + Zoom Lever)
Built-in USB Cable
Yes (USB Charge Available)
Built-in Video Light Coverage
Approx. 30cm-150cm
Menu Customization
Multiple Language Display
English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portuguese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes (Menu)
View & Index
Data Index / Film Roll / Face
Media Type
Optional Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC
Still Image Mode
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
470K pixels
Video Format
Video Mode
HQ: 9Mbps / SP: 6Mbps / LP: 3Mbps
Video Resolution
720 x 480/60i
Video Actual (Pixel)
Approx. 410K pixels (16:9), Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Photo Capture from Movie
307K pixels 4:3 (640 x 480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640 x 360)
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
Mic Level Control
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.21 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
307K pixels 4:3 (640 x 480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640 x 360)
Wind Position
Yes (Auto)
Battery Type
Lithium-ion type NP-FV30, Manganese Dioxide Lithium type ML621
Battery Capacity
Typical: 3.6Wh (500mAh), Minimum: 3.6Wh (500mAh)
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
LCD Type
3.0" Touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus (230K pixels)
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control
Yes (LCD Backlight Level, LCD Bright)
Live View
Grid Display
Guide Frame
Touch Panel
Supplied Software
Picture Motion Browser Ver. 5.3
Operating System Compatibility
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7. PMB software is not Mac compatible
Metering Modes
Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Scene Mode(s)
Auto / Twilight / Candle / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Sports / Beach / Snow
Noise Reduction
White Balance Mode
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Minimum Illumination
Auto Slow Shutter: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
Gain Control
Face Detection
Image Stabilization
Electrical SteadyShot image stabilization w / Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto
Portrait / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro
Imaging Sensor
1/8" (2.25mm ) Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager
Sony Imaging processor
Pixel Gross
Approx. 680K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
Color Filter System
YeCyMgG mosaic filters
Lens Type
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
F1.8 - F6.0
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Photo Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3); Movie Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 150cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom
Focal Distance
f = 1.8mm - 108mm
Steady Shot Mode
Active: 46mm - 2760mm (16:3)
Memory Card Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media compatible
SD Output
Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video)
USB Port(s)
TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported)
Remote Jack
A/V Remote terminal
Direct Copy
A/V Remote Terminal
Video /S Video /Audio / Remote
2 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 4 7/8" / 52.5 x 57 x 123.5 mm
Main unit only: 8.1 oz / 230 g
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Mac users do not buy


Though the box says "works with Mac and iMovie" the fine print actually says it is not compatible with Mac. How it can say both sentences on the box is beyond me. If you use a Mac you must go through a 4 step process to upload the files, then convert them with a third party converter, then import them to iMovie. By then the quality is gone. For windows users, you should have no such issues.

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