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Sony DCR HC 30E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 268 reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the battery and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good views, but some have doubts about the features and resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR HC 30E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR HC 30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the control panel and image quality are on the whole positive. The design and portability are also appreciated.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony DCR-HC30ES Digital Camcorder

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR HC 30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and price are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good opinions. There are some less positive reviews about the features. Views are divided on the resolution.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC30 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC30 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC30

 

The DCR-HC30, like the other two budget HC models, combines a very compact design with comfortable ergonomics. One thing that really sets Sony's consumer camcorders apart from the crowd is their touch-screen LCD system, which we have mixed feelings...

Extremely compact and lightweight; good ergonomics; decent video quality; accessory shoe.

Inconvenient touch-screen controls; bottom-loading tape; no wind filter for microphone; short battery life from included cell.

The DCR-HC30 makes a decent and very compact choice for a budget camcorder, but if you can afford to spend another $100, the DCR-HC40 will give you better video quality.

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Sony's DCR-HC30 was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2004. It includes a smaller CCD than its predecessor, the DCR-TRV19, which seems to reflect a trend in the industry toward optimized space without the expected loss of low light...

Analog to Digital passthrough, - Memory Stick media, - Low light performance

Still resolution, - CCD size, - No headphone jack, - Mediocre manual control

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Sony DCR-HC30 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show Sony introduced five new MiniDV models including the DCR-HC30. The DCR-HC30 is the second model up from the entry level DCR-HC20. The DCR-HC30 has a selling price of $600, and adds still features over the DCR-HC20....

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Sony DCR HC30

 

Sony DCR HC30 is a Mini DV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC30 is the MiniDV Handycam Camcorder that doubles as a digital camera. It features a compact Memory Stick DUO slot which allows 640 x 480 resolution digital still image capture, which is perfect for e-mail or printing. It also includes a...

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC30

 

A good budget MiniDV camcorder with a very compact design.

Extremely compact and lightweight ; Good ergonomics ; Decent video quality ; Accessory shoe

Inconvenient touch-screen controls ; Bottom-loading tape ; No wind filter for microphone ; Short battery life from included cell

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Worked great for the past few years...

 

It worked great for when it was new but nowadays I would buy a disc camcorder. Much more reliable and one doesn't have to worry about old/stretched tapes.

It is a great budget choice and worked great for home video and such

Recently, I've had problems with the video drawing lines towards the bottom of the screen. I think it has something to do with internal video processing. It comes and goes. We can still get some good video but makes frantic uploads difficult

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"Worked great for the past few years..."

 

It worked great for when it was new but nowadays I would buy a disc camcorder. Much more reliable and one doesn't have to worry about old/stretched tapes.

It is a great budget choice and worked great for home video and such.

Recently, I've had problems with the video drawing lines towards the bottom of the screen. I think it has something to do with internal video processing. It comes and goes. We can still get some good video but makes frantic uploads difficult.

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excellent camera, has its downsides though

 

I got this camera from insurance back in '04 when we got robbed and my old National NV-M5 was stolen (ill find them) and i have not had a problem except that the LCD screen colours stain and when you tap the side of the camera, it goes back to normal,...

Versatile, easy to use, long play for extra tape space, touch screen LCD

LCD screen colours stain and you have to tap the side of the camera to get it back to normal, i'd say it needs a sevice

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"excellent camera, has its downsides though"

 

I got this camera from insurance back in '04 when we got robbed and my old National NV-M5 was stolen (ill find them) and i have not had a problem except that the LCD screen colours stain and when you tap the side of the camera, it goes back to normal,...

Versatile, easy to use, long play for extra tape space, touch screen LCD

LCD screen colours stain and you have to tap the side of the camera to get it back to normal, i'd say it needs a sevice.

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Bad build quality - poor warranty

 

Like I said, I am happy with the low light image. Unfortunately Sony makes the only camcorders that deliver in low light. I knew from previous experiences and friends that Sony has a very poor support and customer service dept. After 2 months I began...

Low light picture, touch screen, light

bottom loading, noisy motor, badly placed connector, breaks down a lot

Product Specifications

Sony DCR-HC30E compact MiniDV Digital Handycam provides a combination of high picture quality and ease-of-use. It features a new horizontal body design and incorporates a range of enhancements including Carl Zeiss lens, NightShot Plus, Easy Handycam operation and Memory Stick Duo slot. The new model is not only compact and lightweight, but is ergonomically sound. It incorporates touch-screen technology for access to the Handycam menu system and a built-in lens cover for enhanced convenience. Among the advancements, one in particular is the new NightShot Plus system that allows for recording in darkness, while delivering more natural colors to videos. That ensures no residual images even when shooting fast moving objects. To provide beginners with a one-stop solution, the new Easy Handycam button simplifies the choice of menu features with a limited set of commands for basic operation on the LCD screen in large, easy-to-read characters. With almost all settings on automatic, learning to shoot videos is much easier. The camcorder can resume to the normal function Regular Mode, making the model perfect for both beginners and advanced users. The DCR-HC30E comes equipped with Sony's new video editing software - Picture Package - that offers an extremely easy way to create music videos on Video CDs. By connecting the Handycam with a PC via a USB or i.LINK (IEEE1394), users can modify their videos with music or special effects and burn the videos directly onto Video CDs. The DCR-HC30E features a Memory Stick Duo slot for still image and MPEG1 movie capture. Its active 3D-menu system uses bit-map technology to enhance animation and special effects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.4in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon / Super night mode/Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC30/HC30E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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