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Sony DCR-HC46

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Sony DCR-HC46. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and design. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and memory get less positive comments. There are some mixed views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC46 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC46

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC46 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the color and reliability.

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

This summary is based on the product: Sony DCR-HC46 Mini DV camcorder [1MP, Carl Zeiss, 12 x optical, 2.7" widescren, DV in]

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC46

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC46 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the reliability and features.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

 

Like its siblings, the Handycam DCR-HC46 is small and lightweight and will easily find a spot in a backpack or other bag. The layout is essentially the same as the DCR-HC36's . The main difference is the HC46's slightly-larger wide-screen 2.7-inch LCD...

Small size; lightweight; easy to use.

No accessory shoe; short battery life; low-resolution still images.

Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that is worth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.

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Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

 

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Within Sony’s family of consumer camcorders, the mid-range DCR-HC46 ($599.99 MSRP) is quite an improvement over its step-down siblings, the HC26 and HC36. It features better image quality in bright light, a similarly easy to use design, and refined...

Decent video performance, and very easy to use, - Great automatic controls, - Ergonomic palm-friendly design

Value does not compare favorably with competitors, - No mic input and poor manual control interface and fearture set, - In the line-up below, only the DCR-HC36 scores lower

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Sony DCR-HC46 Camcorder Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC46 is their middle-of-the-road offering for MiniDV this year. It's something of a Goldilocks camcorder – not too expensive, not too cheap. Not too skimpy on features, and certainly not too heavy on the features, either. It offers all the...

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Sony DCR-HC46

 

The Sony DCR-HC46 features a 1/5.5" CCD with 1.07 gross MP. The manual lists 690K effective pixels, though it does not specify what aspect ratio this refers to or whether this is with the electronic image stabilization on or off (it reduces the number...

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC46 review

 

Sony's top mid-level MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that is worth the step up from its less-expensive siblings

Small size ; Lightweight ; Easy to use

No accessory shoe ; Short battery life ; Low-resolution still images

While it was hard to make the case to step up from the DCR-HC26 to the DCR-HC36, the Sony Handycam DCR-HC46 is a logical improvement, with a noticeable bump in video quality for your extra cash. Casual videographers who care about video quality but...

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Sony DCR-HC46E

 

Budget camcorders Although at the budget end of the range, you can still expect great image quality and a healthy range of features A decade ago, when consumer digital camcorders first arrived on the market, they cost around £2,000. But these days, you...

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Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

 

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Awesome Mid-Range Camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-HC46 is a terrific mid-range digital camcorder. It has a more than adequate 12x optical zoom (any more and even image stabilization won't remove the jitters). There are quick access buttons on the body of the camera, and a ton of features...

Good image quality (even indoors), traditional viewfinder

Included ImageMixer software

Product Specifications

Capture and transfer video images quickly and easily with Sony's DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder. Its professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens captures brilliant images with life-like color and tones while the Advanced HAD CCD imager provides stunning detail and clarity. The Progressive Shutter System supplies digital still images with excellent definition and sharpness. The DCR-HC46 makes transferring data a cinch via the included Handycam Station docking device. Now you can easily connect to television for viewing and to a USB-compatible PC for editing and sharing digital images and video. Memory Stick Duo media compatibility makes it simple for you to take your images with you wherever you go.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:0.9lbs/13.4oz
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC46/HC46E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
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
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