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Sony DCR-HC26

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 reviews of Sony DCR-HC26. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The portability and price also get good reviews. Many are negative about the memory and reliability. Comments are divided on the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC26 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC26

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC26 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC26 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with 20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC26 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC26 review: Sony Handycam DCR-HC26

 

Extremely compact; lightweight; low price; very easy to use; top-loading tape compartment.

Poor video quality; short battery life; no accessory shoe; no memory slot for photo capture.

The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power, and features for a bargain-basement camcorder, but its substandard video quality is disappointing.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-HC26 is similar to the HC21, this camcorder's predecessor; however, there are several features missing from this 2006 model in comparison. The DCR-HC26 is the lowest priced model currently sold by Sony and the price is reflected in its...

Simple Easy Mode for beginners, - Lowest priced Sony on the market

Poorly designed touch screen menu structure, - Limited manual control will minimize the possibility to adapt to more controls over time, - Low image quality in both strong and low light, - Loss of cold shoe from the DCR-HC21

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC26 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-HC26 is Sony's entry-level MiniDV camcorder this year. Writing about the entry-levels is always difficult, because they are destined to perform poorly compared to all the great camcorders from the year prior. But here we are at the beginning of...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Sony DCR-HC26 Mini DV Camcorder

 

The one trouble you can expect, however, is with the battery slot. Loading the battery on the camera is trickier than normal if you're accustom to sliding a battery into its slot. This system is different, in that you must line that battery up...

Firewire 20x Opical Zoom

Awkward battery loading Mediocre Video Resolution Limited Audio Options

One of the weak points of this camera is the automatic exposure, which tends to move all over the place in tricky lighting conditions. We expect to see this on most point-and-shoot camcorders, but it seemed especially wild with the DCR-HC26. With...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

Sony DCR-HC26 Review

 

The auto white balance on camcorders doesn't always give you the look you want in your video. A manual white balance is an important feature to have in any camcorder you buy.

May, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC26

 

The DCR-HC26 features a 1/6" CCD with a 680K gross (340K effective) pixel count. At 3000 lux, the camcorder produced tones in accordance with its bottom-of-the-barrel position in the product line. The picture was exceptionally noisy, even at this...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-HC26E

 

Good optical zoom, small, reasonably priced

Poor battery life

An ideal digital video camera for beginners and casual users

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC26E

 

At the bottom end of the spectrum in Sony's new range of Mini-DV video cameras sits the DCR-HC26E. The camera is designed to be easy to use and portab...

Good optical zoom, small, reasonably priced

Poor battery life

An ideal digital video camera for beginners and casual users

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC26E

 

At the bottom end of the spectrum in Sony's new range of Mini-DV video cameras sits the DCR-HC26E. The camera is designed to be easy to use and portable, yet still retaining high performance; ideal for the casual user who doesn't need vast numbers of...

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC26

 

The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power and features for a bargain-basement camcorder, but its substandard video quality is disappointing.

Extremely compact ; Lightweight ; Low price ; Very easy to use ; Top-loading tape compartment

Poor video quality ; Short battery life ; No accessory shoe ; No memory slot for photo capture

Unless your budget is extremely tight, we suggest you move up a price class to around AU$1,000; the video quality of products priced below that mark is unlikely to please even casual users.

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

The DCR-HC26 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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:0.9lbs/12.7oz
Width:2.6in

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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC26/HC26E
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:680Kpix/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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

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 / White fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic