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Sony DCR-HC65

Sony DCR-HC65
alaScore 72

15 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Sony DCR-HC65. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and price. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the portability.

usability, image quality, size, price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC65 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC65

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC65 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC65 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC65 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC65 Handycam

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: MiniDV Tape

Huge 3.5-inch LCD. Manual focus ring around lens. Headphone jack for monitoring audio.

No audio gain. High-action video and still-image quality were subpar.

The Sony DCR-HC65 is a solid choice for intermediate videographers, but we've seen better, especially when it comes to shooting scenes with action.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Like every camcorder, the Sony DCR-HC65 has its pros and cons. This model sports one of the best LCD monitors on the market -- a 3.5-inch color LCD with 123,000 pixels. It totes a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and also has decent manual and automatic...

3.5 inch LCD, - Focus Ring, - Ease of use

Manual control options

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC65 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony introduced the DCR-HC65. The DCR-HC65 adds a 3.5 in. LCD screen over it's $100 less expensive sister camcorder. With the DCR-HC65, Sony is going for simplicity. They've added...

Feb, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR HC65

 

Sony DCR HC65 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

See the big picture with the Sony DCR HC65 MiniDV Handycam camcorder from Sony. The DCR-HC65 features a huge 3.5 hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display, a 1.0 megapixel advanced HAD CCD imager, and a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which...

Consumer review by: inteleckt (pricegrabber.com)

Sony DCR-HC65 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

This camcorder is incredible!!! First off i needed a camcorder that has night vision, well this has color night vision. Meaning, if there is some light, it will amplify the colors as much as it can so that the screen isn't just green. Street lights...

Paris Hilton Night Vision, Touch Screen Display, Zoom, Steady Shot, Color

Pretty Big compared to the HC40, MPEG mode is pretty choppy and Picture shots are blurry with low light

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (pricegrabber.com)

Review: Sony DCR-HC65 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 
Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: rocketman7 (pricegrabber.com)

Sony DCR-HC65 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

The 3.5 inch screen is really nice. It wasn't difficult to learn, even though the manual leaves a lot for you to figure out. Turning off the backlight on the screen will greatly add to the battery life - it seems to be an energy hog. Doesn't come with...

Very easy to use, touch screen is great, battery life good (for as small as it is), fits well in hand, big screen.

Supplied software is a joke - don't waste your time with it. Instruction manual could be better. In low level light the picture suffers.

Jan, 2004

Product Specifications

See the big picture with the DCR-HC65 MiniDV Handycam camcorder from Sony. The DCR-HC65 features a huge 3.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display, a 1.0 megapixel advanced HAD CCD imager, and a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which help you see your video bigger, brighter, and clearer than ever before. It also includes features you would expect from a camcorder twice its price, such as Super NightShot Plus zero-light video recording, digital photo mode on Memory Stick DUO media, and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. Why settle for less when you can have a Sony.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.8in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:2.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC65
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic