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Sony Handycam DCR HC48

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC48. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the zoom and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the battery. Many are less positive about the color.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC48 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC48

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC48 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the size.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC48 1MP MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Handycam Station Included)Sony DCR-HC48 1MP MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Handycam Station Included)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC48 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony introduced a revamped trio of MiniDV camcorders at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the DCR-HC48. Replacing last year's DCR-HC46, it will be placed just under the DCR-HC96, which is being carried over from last year to...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC48

 

The Sony DCR-HC48 utilizes a 1/6" Advanced HAD CCD Imager featuring 1070K gross pixels, 670K effective pixels 16:9 video mode, and 690K effective pixels in 4:3 video mode. While the pixel count is identical to last year's DCR-HC46, that camcorder's CCD...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony Handycam DCR HC48

 

As the top of this Sony series of miniDV camcorders, this is the camcorder to buy from Sony if you want to take still pictures as well as video. The other two mini DV camcorders do not have still photo capability. The Sony Handycam DCR HC48 offers a...

Like all Sony products, the Handycam DCR HC48 offers proprietary technology. Sony's Super Nightshot Plus Infrared may sound like a feature built for kids playing war games, but consumers agree it improves the performance at night. Better low light...

Consumer review by: binoy_tvm (epinions.com)

GOOD BUY-NO COLOUR ISSUES

 

Well have been on the lookout for my first camcoder for a while.Main concern was my 400$ cut off, so had a look at most of the camcoders in that range. To start - i was undecided on the format- miniDV versus DVD, but looking at the products in the ...

great EASY mode,25X optical zoom, crisp outdoors

docking station, no firewire cable supplied, poor software

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: binoy_tvm (epinions.com)

GOOD BUY-NO COLOUR ISSUES

 

great EASY mode,25X optical zoom, crisp outdoors

docking station, no firewire cable supplied, poor software

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: jerebaldo1 (epinions.com)

Buyer Beware! Terrible blueshifted image. Worse than it's predecessors

 

My goodness, I had my Sony dcr-hc30, a 2004 midrange handycam stolen from me recently. I figure I could get a decently upgraded version of what I had by going for the dcr-hc48. I was sorely mistaken. This camera's color balancing favors blue so much ...

Almost lossless widescreen functionality, compact size, excellent sound quality that handycams are known for

Auto white balance plain doesn't work

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: jerebaldo1 (epinions.com)

Buyer Beware! Terrible blueshifted image. Worse than it's predecessors

 

Almost lossless widescreen functionality, compact size, excellent sound quality that handycams are known for.

Auto white balance plain doesn't work.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: greenacreslabs (epinions.com)

Sony Camcorder Nightmare

 

Fits in the palm of your hand.

Low light areas. Bad Instructions. You need more than one battery.

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Capture high-quality digital video with the powerful DCR-HC48 MiniDV Handycam camcorder. With its 1 Megapixel CCD Imager, the DCR-HC48 records digital videos and captures digital still images with enhanced levels of beauty and detail. The precision-crafted Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens works with the imaging technology for a crisp and clear picture. Discover the ease of use with Sony's original Handycam Station. Switch from standard 4:3 full screen to enhanced 16:9 widescreen recording for more of the big picture. For greater shooting control, the hybrid LCD monitor features Start and Stop buttons on the frame, or control exposure and focus settings using the Touch Panel Display. The STAMINA Battery System provides extended recording and playback, delivering the power to capture and enjoy outstanding digital video anytime, anywhere. Featuring Sony's unique technologies including Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization and Super NightShot plus, you'll find new ways to hold on to the moment with the DCR-HC48 MiniDV Handycam.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:3.3in
Weight:16.4oz
Width:2.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode

General Features

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC48/HC48E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
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

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD