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Sony DCR-HC46

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative reviews about the features and connectivity.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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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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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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"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

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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

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"FANTASTIC Camcorder for price"

 

I almost did a double take when I saw the rating for this and ready to get into it with the editors till I noticed they gave every reason to like the camcorder but gave it such a low score? Can I ask why? lol

TINY, Color : Very Good, Sharp Focus

connectivity issues

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FANTASTIC Camcorder for price

 

I almost did a double take when I saw the rating for this and ready to get into it with the editors till I noticed they gave every reason to like the camcorder but gave it such a low score? Can I ask why? lol I was waiting for the butssss. but there...

TINY, Color : Very Good, Sharp Focus

connectivity issues

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Last year's model (DCR-HC42) was a better camcorder.

 

When compared to last year's model, the HC42, there are very little technical changes. They have similar 1 migapixel CCD's for stills, the same 12x optical zoom, same size touch screen, same size CCD, and the very same interface. The HC46 has lost some...

Lower MSRP than its predecessor. Color viewfinder

Subpar video quality. Optical zoom is lower than the HC26 and HC36. Touch Screen interface is too cumbersome

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"Last year's model (DCR-HC42) was a better camcorder."

 

When compared to last year's model, the HC42, there are very little technical changes. They have similar 1 migapixel CCD's for stills, the same 12x optical zoom, same size touch screen, same size CCD, and the very same interface. The HC46 has lost some...

Lower MSRP than its predecessor. Color viewfinder.

Subpar video quality. Optical zoom is lower than the HC26 and HC36. Touch Screen interface is too cumbersome.

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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