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Sony Handycam DCR HC52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 245 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC52. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity and memory.

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battery, color, viewfinder, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC52

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC52 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC52 Mini DV Camcorder PAL with Sony warrantySony DCR-HC52 Mini DV Camcorder PAL with Sony warranty

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC52

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC52 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas the memory and viewfinder get less positive views.

price, usability, portability, image quality, size

color, battery, viewfinder, memory

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Sony DCR-HC52

 

The Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV camcorder is easy to use, economical to buy and takes fantastic movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out the HC 52!

Zeiss 40x optical zoom lensminiDV camcorderSony SteadyShotSony NightShotSmall and compact

The Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV camcorder is a reasonable priced, good quality pro

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-HC52

 

Sony's budget Mini DV camcorder for casual users

Attractive price point, 40x optical zoom, solid user interface

Performed poorly in low light, flash memory and DVD models can be bought just as cheaply

The Sony DCR-HC52 is a perfectly capable little camcorder, but its recording format is beginning to show its age. Frankly, your money would be better spent on something younger and hipper. (Mini DV, your time is nearly up.)

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

great product

 

great camcorder for the money

none

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: yashuvtalli (dell.com)

Not computer friendly

 

Good image

This model does not allow for USB connection to computer.Do not buy this model in today's market buy the model that has the USB connection

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: PaPa2008 (dell.com)

USB Cable NOT Included

 

If you don't have firewire, buy a different camera.

Small and good quality. Nice features

If you want to do digital editing, you need to have firewire ports on your computer. The Dell website claims that this camera comes with a USB cable. IT DOES NOT. I had to spend over $30 putting a firewire port on my PC to make it work

May, 2008

Consumer review by: mpetrop (dell.com)

So far, so good!

 

Doesn't come with a camera bag or backup battery. Make sure that you are prepared to buy one once you get it. Also, I was so excited when I received the camera but I wasn't able to use it until I had the tapes. Not a flaw with the camera, but something...

Very easy to use. I just wanted an easy camera that took good shots and where I didn't have to read the instruction manual if I didn't want to. So far, I've just done basic shooting with it but, I know that there's a lot more features. Also, the camera...

May, 2008

Consumer review by: techgeek23 (dell.com)

small and useful

 

I love that it is small and easy to carry. I have only had it for about a week and the picture is great

I wish that the sound was a little louder. and that the battery would last a little longer

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: caligirl1210 (viewpoints.com)

Great camera for home use ”

 

I received the Sony Handycam as a wedding present two years ago and it still works great!

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: angiev0829 (viewpoints.com)

I LOVE MY SONY HANDYCAM! ”

 

I am a mother of two wonderful children, so naturally I needed a camcorder to record all the wonderful things they do! My children were around 8 and 11 yrs. old when I bought my sony handycam. They play baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and...

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: rf86 (viewpoints.com)

Entry Level Handycam

 

This is a great camera to start out with, the simplicity of Mini DV tapes makes this a good value choice. DVD camcorders in this price range suffer from bad battery life, and disk errors that can render your disks useless. The Mini DV tapes are tried...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

The DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam camcorder is a high quality, versatile, and highly capable device. Boasting a strong zoom lens and vivid color reproduction, this camcorder delivers what you need to capture those memorable events. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens and Super SteadyShot image stabilization capture clear, sharp video. Powerful 40x optical / 2000x digital zoom brings you close to the action, and the 2.5" touch panel SwivelScreen LCD display puts control of everything at your fingertips.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/6''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:3.3in
Weight:13.4oz
Width:2.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode/Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / 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:HC52
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-4.1
Max Focal Length:76mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Optical Zoom:40
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic