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Sony Handycam DCR HC52E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC52E. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and zoom are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good views. The connectivity and battery get negative reviews, while comments are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, size

durability, battery, connectivity

On average, users rate this product 70/100.

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Affordable and gets the job done.


I bought this when my older camcorder just was too bulky for me. This is very light weight & compact and is great for traveling. It's easy to use & great for your home videos. I've been very pleased with the videos I've took.

Lightweight, Compact, Easy to Use

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Mar, 2010

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very handy and small


i bought this camcorder to use when i go on is small and good for carrying in my travel bag to take video of my family having fun.

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Mar, 2010

Consumer review (

Easy to Use


Purchased a Sony DCR-H52 from Office Depot on sale. Wanted a cam that was light and easy to hold without a lot of gadgets. This one fills the bill.

Easy to holdSimple to useGreat for grandparent and family use

Weak sound recordingAssessories, if purchased at local stores, are expensive

Oct, 2008

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Connection Nightmare


I like the camera fine. However, I've beaten my head against a wall for days trying to download my video. Today I even installed a brand-new firewire card and cable (which works fine for anything else). No programs recognize the attached DV camera,...

Convenient, easy to use camera

It's an expensive paperweight if I can't download my video

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (

Yet if I may hold this Cam in the darkness, it is enough...


The DCR-HC52 is a Digital video camera recorder. It uses a lithium, rechargeable battery (#NPFH-30) and comes with the following:

Night vision setting, 40X zoom, easy to operate, high-quality images easily transferrable

Would be even better with an extra battery and maybe one mini DV starter tape

Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

Does The Job Efficiently and Nicely


The DCR HC52 is one of the entry level models from Sony's 2007 line of MiniDV camcorders.

Low asking price, decent picture quality. Easy to use

Feels cheaper next to older Sony models, some basic features missing, No USB connectivity

Aug, 2008

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.