The Sony DCR-SX40 4GB Handycam PAL Camcorder is a great option for the budget minded. Not only is the SX40 easy on your budget, but it records to flash memory, meaning that there’s no need to buy extra recording media. There is, of course, the option to use Sony’s own Memory Stick PRO Duo media, should you need extra recording space or simply want the easy transfer that Memory Stick media provides. Flash memory lends itself well to Internet sharing through email or social media sites.
The DCR-SX40 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that features an impressive 60x optical zoom that's perfect for clearly capturing your child on the soccer field. Other features, like the 2.7" wide touch panel LCD, SteadyShot image stabilization, and the Easy Handycam Button work together to make shooting a breeze.
The SX40 is an easy to use camcorder that fits every budget.
Hybrid Recording to 4GB Flash Memory or Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
Record up to 2 hours and 55 minutes of video (LP mode) to the camera's 4GB embedded flash memory. Recording to Sony's Memory Stick PRO Duo Media offers added flexibility and easy transfer of video and still images to compatible computers and printers.
1/8" Advanced HAD CCD Image Sensor
The 1/8" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD image sensor captures crisp and clear video and still images.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 60x Optical Zoom
The professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens features precision ground optics for sharp, true-to-life image capture. The impressive 60x optical zoom captures far off subjects with no loss in image quality.
2.7" Wide Touch Panel LCD
The generous 2.7" LCD gives you an accurate display on which to compose and playback your shots, while also providing an intuitive surface to navigate menus and other functions. The 270° rotation of the screen helps capture hard-to-get shots and aids in viewing upon playback.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Sony's SteadyShot cuts down on blur caused by hand-shake or a moving subject.
Creative Control and Workflow Features
Power on the camera by opening the LCD
Direct Connection to optional VRD-P1 DVD burner
One-touch disk burn to make DVD copies of your footage
Built-in zoom microphone for recording crisp, clean audio
Face Index Function: indexes your video footage by faces in scenes
Film Roll Index: easily find the scenes you want in your video footage
Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software for one-touch upload to social media sites
Easy Handycam Button locks out most camera functions leaving only those needed for recording