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Sony DCR-HC21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews of Sony DCR-HC21. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and usability also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the connectivity and memory. The reliability and durability get mixed opinions.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price

viewfinder, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC21 from 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 Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability. Many are less positive about the connectivity and memory.

portability, usability, price, image quality, battery

memory, connectivity

66% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony VCL0625S Wide Conversion Lens x 0.6 for 25mm Lenses on DCR-DVD101, 201, 301, 105, 205, 305, & DCR-HC21, 32, 42, 26, 36, 46 Camcorders

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

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The DCR-HC21 is Sony's lowest-end MiniDV camcorder this year. It has horrible low light performance, though it does well in bright light environments. It also has great automatic controls, but poor manual controls. See a pattern emerging?

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

Sony DCR-HC21 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-HC21 fills out the bottom rung of Sony's new MiniDV hierarchy this year. Released at CES early this January, The DCR-HC21 shares many specifications with last year's DCR-HC20, with a few upgrades. Most of these upgrades, however, are...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (

Sony DCR-HC21


We assessed the DCR-HC21's color and video quality at optimal, bright light conditions of 3000 lux in a controlled testing environment. The results were similar to last year's DCR-HC20, which makes sense as the two camcorders share imager specifications

Feb, 2005

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Sony DCR HC21


Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC21 from Sony gives you a full-featured, compact MiniDV camcorder at an entry-level price. Highlights include the advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the digital zoom, which focuses on distant subjects...

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

I have yet to find a program to get my still pics off camera


I like the size of it. Also I like the touch screen.

How do I get the "Still" pictures off the camera?

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: LeeP (

Great Video

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Good things do come in small pakages

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: pisdoff (

Don't buy Sony


Great when it works.

Doesn't work for long.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: pisdoff (

Don't buy Sony


Sony camcorders have a problem that Sony refuses to acknowledge, despite overwhelming evidence from people who have bought their camcorders that this is a manufacturing defect. There are well over 10,000 incidents of the same error code on Sony ...

Great when it works

Doesn't work for long

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Aaron (

DCR-HC21 Sony Handycam


I purchased the sony handycam dcr-hc21 fresh from the box about a year ago for 420.00 from walmart and has worked great every time!it also comes with a program on a cd called picture package witch helps you making video's looking @ pictures….ect. the...

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

The DCR-HC21 from Sony gives you a full-featured, compact MiniDV camcorder at an entry-level price. Highlights include the Advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the Digital Zoom, which focuses on distant subjects providing clear close-up images with less distortion. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens offers less glare and increased contrast for vivid, more life-like color and tones. Make your personal videos complete with additional customization features such as Picture and Fader effects for creative and professional looking enhancements. Photo Mode allows you to capture and store hundreds of individual still images, and Picture Package software helps you easily organize and edit still images and video.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

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

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic