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Sony DCR-HC36

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of Sony DCR-HC36. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and price. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas the memory and image quality get mixed opinions. Some have doubts about the reliability and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC36 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC36

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC36 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good views, but many are negative about the color and durability.

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74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with 20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 review:

 

main content The differences between Sony's entry-level MiniDV camcorders, the Handycam DCR-HC26 and the DCR-HC36, don't add up to much. The biggest is the HC36's Memory Stick Duo Pro slot for still-image recording. But, since the camera's 1/6-inch CCD...

Very compact size; lightweight; easy to use; low price.

Mediocre video quality; short battery life; no accessory shoe; low-quality stills.

Unless this camcorder's low-resolution, low-quality stills are important to you, you might as well go for Sony's less expensive DCR-HC26.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Handycam DCR-HC36 Minidv Digital Camcorder

 

At $400 (as of 5/2/06), the Sony DCR-HC36 is very affordable. But, unfortunately, it produced some of the lowest-quality video among recently tested MiniDV camcorders. Our test video shot in studio lighting looked acceptable (scoring slightly below...

The Sony HC36 MiniDV Handicam is a budget camcorder that takes adequate video in daylight, but its poor performance in low light will be a problem if you want to take videos indoors--at a party, for instance

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder Review - PCWorld

 

Light and easy to carry

Awful still-image quality

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

In a world of rapidly burgeoning technology, the Sony DCR-HC36 ($400 MSRP) opts for the safe route. The HC36 and Sony’s entry-level HC26 share numerous core elements such as a standard 1/6� CCD chip, touch screen menu, limited manual controls, and...

Easy to use, -Small, compact design, -Good automatic features

Poor video quality, -Limited manual controls, -Feels cheap

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC36 Camcorder Review

 

A mere $50 above the entry-level model, the Sony DCR-HC36 ($400 MSRP) will probably have to do a lot of convincing on the showroom floor in order to justify a purchase. Its only benefits over the HC26 are a remote control and the ability to capture...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (macworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam

 

The Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam is a budget camcorder that takes adequate video in daylight, but its poor performance in low light will be a problem if you want to shoot videos indoors—at a party, for instance.

Low cost; small size; light and easy to carry; easy to use

Comparatively mediocre video quality; awful still-image quality

These problems show up even in good lighting conditions, and are much more exaggerated in low light. In low-light tests, the grain in the images was extremely distracting and much more obvious than the grain in the video produced by the other camcorders

Aug, 2006

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

Sony DCR-HC36 Digital Camcorder Review

 

Photo Capabilities The DCR-HC36 has a built-in digital still camera, with the ability to save digital stills to a memory stick rather than the camcorder cassette tape. A dedicated digital still camera usually means decent quality prints, but in the...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC36

 

The Sony DCR-HC36 is fitted with the standard 1/6" CCD, the type you could expect to find on almost any entry-level or near entry-level camcorder. This chip, like most 1/6" chips, has 680K gross pixels and 340K effective pixels

May, 2006

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony Handycam DCR HC36 DCRHC36 Review

 

Expert review by: Philip Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC36

 

Unless this camcorder's low-resolution, low-quality stills are important to you, you might as well go for Sony's less expensive DCR-HC26.

Very compact size ; Lightweight ; Easy to use ; Low price

Mediocre video quality ; Short battery life ; No accessory shoe ; Low-quality stills

In the end, it's difficult to recommend the Sony Handycam DCR-HC36. If your budget allows, you'll be better served stepping up to a higher-end consumer camcorder. If your budget doesn't allow the step up, you're still probably better off saving some...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to detect and correct camera "shake" for smoother video recording. Tele Macro Mode zooms in for close-up shots to bring out the subject in vivid imagery - making it stand out above the background. This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices.

Audio Input

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:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:0.9lbs
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:Vertical
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC36/HC36E
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:16:9 / 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
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic