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Sony DCR HC 30E

Sony DCR HC 30E
alaScore 73

239 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price

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 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the price and memory. The design and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the size. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, portability, design, memory, price

reliability

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

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR HC 30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 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. People are impressed by the price and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price

71% 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

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

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

Oct, 2004
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Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

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....

Feb, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

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...

Expert review by: Aimee Baldridge (cnet.com.au)

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

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Great Product - Bad Customer Service

 

Great Product

Worst Customer Service

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: BalaSubramanian (viewpoints.com)

very good camcorder!!! ”

 

Other features I really like that are not usually talked about are the night shot mode and the still camera ability. Night shot gives it that Desert Storm night vision look. Maybe it is just a novelty with no real practical use, but a really cool...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: mrls (viewpoints.com)

sony -DCR-HC30 is so easy and handy to have cherish memories. ”

 

sony handy cam is very easy to operate and carry to special occasions,events and places . its been more than a year now that i got this handycam for myself and so far i havent experiences any difficulties with this be it in operating or maintaing its...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Ivey0301 (viewpoints.com)

Great for capturing those everyday memories ”

 

After reviewing a lot of different models and brands, we decided on this Sony DCR-HC30 camcorder.  We just had our first child and wanted to be able to record all those everyday memories while she was young.  Growing up, both my husband and I did not...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: raysavoy (viewpoints.com)

give it a 95 % rating ”

 

had it for three months and a very good job. used for a wedding and was pleased with results. used also at halloween and again it performed in a dim light setting my sister was impressed with the quality of the picture and asked where i got it.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: raysavoy (viewpoints.com)

give it a 95 % rating

 

had it for three months and a very good job. used for a wedding and was pleased with results. used also at halloween and again it performed in a dim light setting my sister was impressed with the quality of the picture and asked where i got it. ...

Dec, 2007

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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