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Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the battery and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback. The finish and durability get negative reviews, while comments are divided on the zoom.

usability, price, portability, image quality, battery

durability, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and design. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the zoom, while some have doubts about the durability.

usability, price, portability, design, battery


95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC27 Handycam Mini DV CamcorderSony DCR-HC27 Handycam Mini DV CamcorderSony Handycam DCR-HC27E Camcorder

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: (

Sony DCR-HC27E


The HC27 is a neat, compact package, with the focus on simplicity

Outstanding features, Excellent picture in HDV mode, Decent value for money

Manual roller-wheel action could be better

Divided into two pages, the first gives you all the necessary access to the manual and automatic modes, digital effects and the standard-settings functions. The second adjusts the White Balance and the LCD display settings, and it is a great way of...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: staff (

Sony DCR-HC27 review


Sony continues its High Definition Video push

p>Outstanding features Excellent picture in HDV mode Decent value for money</p

p>Manual roller-wheel action could be better</p

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: (

Sony DCR-HC27


It's been a fair old while since we've seen a budget Sony camcorder. Despite the outstanding UX1 and the even more remarkable SR1, Sony, like its leading rivals, is still keen to present a line-up of budget mini DV camcorders

Remarkably revealing and a wide dynamic range, Impressive bass extension, Lovely rubberised front baffle, Convenient, Decent sound, Upgradeable cartridge and arm lead, Ideal for beginners, Easy to set up and use, Outstanding features, Excellent picture...

Vinyl finish won't be to all tastes, Not the most dynamic, Upgradeability limited by the onboard phono stage, Wind-up radio better in theory than in practice, Manual roller-wheel action could be better

An attractive all-round video performer that can do no wrong in converting video-makers to the virtues of high-definition shooting

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Edge (

Not worth the time or money


Unless you want a really expensive paperweight or have a child that's just starting to get into portable gaming, this system is a total epic failure. Sony did not think this one through at all. Sure you can digitally download games too, but there's not...

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: rei (

Amazing hardware, software needs to be flexible


Very good console and well bundled. Only complaint, as usual with Sony, is the software. In a market where things are leaning towards Android phones and games I don't see why they cannot make a custom Android OS for this device. Would surely triple...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Squarephreak, (

Beautiful and Fun


This system has phenomenal graphics and capabilities. The only problem is the major learning curve for the wide array of controls. I'm good with the standard playstation style controls, but the new front and rear touch panels on the system almost...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Bev (

Sony DCR-HC27


size and weight ; Very easy to use

Had to keep selecting snow conditions. Would have been good if it stayed there until I removed it

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: 800, 000 pixels Advanced HAD CCD; Carl Zeiss Lens; 20x Optical Zoom / 800x Digital Zoom; STAMINA up to 14 hours 50 minutes (with optional battery); 2.5" LCD screen with touch panel.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / 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: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

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format: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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic