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Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and battery. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the finish and features.

value for money, image quality, usability, battery, portability

features, 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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 51 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, usability, image quality, battery, portability

96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

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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...

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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

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:12.7oz
Width:2.6in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC27E
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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