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Sony DCR-HC44

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Sony DCR-HC44. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and zoom. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the design, while opinions are divided on the durability.

usability, price, portability, zoom, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC44 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC44 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the image quality and portability. The zoom and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, price, zoom, portability, image quality

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [12x optical zoom]Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [12x optical zoom]

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: anil (

Sony DCR-HC44E


Regarding this handicame other points are good points except the bad points mentioned in the bad points box.

(1) The flash gun or the shoe for flash gun has not been given and due to this defect this handicame is useless in dim light condition (2) No bracket has been provided with this handicame for external flash gun therefore no external flash gun can be...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Anthony (

Sony DCR-HC44E


Very handy and easy to use

Not so easy to transfer from tape to computer harddisk

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: NICK (

Sony DCR-HC44E




Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Great Beginners Camcorder...


For a Camcorder Newbie the Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam digital camcorder is an ideal starting point. Easy to use with the option of ta...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-HC44E


The usual Sony good quality

Wide sreen could do with a more depth

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: Helen (

Sony DCR-HC44E


So light and easy to use

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

A very good easy to use Camcorder...especially for a beginne


We were in a hurry to purchase a Camcorder at the very last minute---a day before our holiday and to be honest I wanted to purchas...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y


Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123200

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 5.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter size:0.984
Focal length range (f-f):0.118 - 1.42
Optical Zoom:12

Other Features

Cable type:Stereo AV, USB
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
I/O ports:Audio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV


Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1

Weight & Dimensions