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Sony DCR-HC46

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews of Sony DCR-HC46. 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. Opinions about the size and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good opinions, whereas there are some negative reviews about the memory and reliability.

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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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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC46

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC46 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The battery and zoom are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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76% 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)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Havlik (laptopmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

 
Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

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

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: John Neely (reviewed.com)

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...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Which? (which.co.uk)

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Oct, 2007

Expert review by: PC Pro (alphr.com)

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...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: (camerareviews.ca)

Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

 

Consumer review by: gyourek (pricegrabber.com)

Nice camera if you're not quite ready to pay more for high-res

 

I received this as a birthday gift from my wife as we're planning on having some "video moments" this year.

720x480 resolution, CD quality sound, still image capture, night-shot, small size

still images only ~1MP, no firewire included

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: gyourek (pricegrabber.com)

Nice camera if you're not quite ready to pay more for high-res

 

I received this as a birthday gift from my wife as we're planning on having some "video moments" this year. While I was secretly holding out for a high-res video camera, the prices right now are just too high for us. This is a good alternative to hold...

720x480 resolution, CD quality sound, still image capture, night-shot, small size

still images only ~1MP, no firewire included

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: buckalewj (pricegrabber.com)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

 

What a great MiniCam! Too bad that Sony told me they were phasing this one out; but I was still able to find a great deal via the Internet.

Lightweight Camera with all the fancy wistles & bells - Nice docking station so you can watch your videos via a TV/monitor

N O N E

Dec, 2006

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

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
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/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

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

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)

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
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