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Sony DCR-HC96

alaTest has collected and analyzed 264 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and value for money. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. The features and battery get less positive comments. Comments are divided on the zoom.

portability, usability, image quality, value for money, design

battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC96 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder

 

The DCR-HC96 ($650 as of May 11, 2007), Sony's high-end MiniDV camcorder, offers step-up features like a higher-capacity battery, a charging dock, and the ability to capture higher-resolution video than other HC series models can. Though it scored...

Wide-screen LCD touch screen ; Very good standard-light video quality

Mediocre low-light performance ; Dock required for file transfers

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Sony DCR-HC96

 

DVD camcorders get all the buzz in the camcorder world. Poor MiniDV is now the forgotten stepchild–even though the majority of digital camcorders in 2006 are still tape based. But, dear readers, the trend is clearly to disk and HDD camcorders with a...

Solid; easy-to-use camcorder that takes decent stills

Tape-based; LCD should be improved

The quality of the clips was good without the digital noise found on many DVD camcorders.

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 

Review: At the top of Sony's consumer MiniDV camcorder line, the compact Handycam DCR-HC96 earns its place with excellent video quality, a full suite of manual and automatic functions, and above-average photo quality. However, its normally merely...

Sharp, colorful video; compact size; decent photo quality

Poor battery life; cumbersome menus poorly matched with the small touch-screen LCD

Excellent video quality, a broad feature set, and decent photos make the Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 an excellent choice for those seeking a compact MiniDV camcorder. Navigating the small touch screen may encourage you to stick with its automatic features,...

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Sony DCR-HC96 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-HC96 is Sony's flagship consumer MiniDV camcorder this year, and by the looks of it, Sony has all but given up innovation in this medium. The HC96 is the same camcorder as last year's HC90, with most ports relocated from the body to a Handycam...

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Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam is a MiniDV camcorder that performs well and provides impressive still-image quality. Nice features like a touch-screen LCD and an accessory shoe make it more attractive.

Wide-screen LCD with touch-screen controls; accessory shoe; impressive still-camera quality; very good standard-light video quality

Mediocre low-light performance; dock required for video and image transfers

A mix of plastic and metal, the DCR-HC96fits well in the palm. It features a 2.7-inch wide-screen LCD with touch-screen controls. Play, record, and stop buttons are also conveniently located just below the screen, allowing you to keep your eye on the...

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Sony DCR-HC96

 

At 3000 lux, the DCR-HC96 had very good video performance. For the top model in its class, it should. The HC96 packs a big 1/3" CCD with 3.31 gross MP (2.05 effective MP). This is one of the big differences between manufacturers in their upper-tier...

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Great camcorder when the door closes

 

This camera replaces a analog Sony Handicam which I loved. This is small, lightweight, fairly easy to use. But case component plastics don't feel sturdy. Cassette door is broke after just a couple of uses. Seems that the relay controlling auto cassette...

Video quality good ; Light ; No motor noise or clicking noise on recording from cameras main motor

Motor for cassette door is a real problem area. Mine is being repaired now after using the camera twice ; Zoom takes getting use to, very sensitive

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"Great camcorder when the door closes"

 

This camera replaces a analog Sony Handicam which I loved. This is small, lightweight, fairly easy to use. But case component plastics don't feel sturdy. Cassette door is broke after just a couple of uses. Seems that the relay controlling auto cassette...

Video quality good

Motor for cassette door is a real problem area. Mine is being repaired now after using the camera twice.

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"Horrible Support from Sony"

 

Seems to be a relatively good camera when working properly. I have also had significant compatibility issues with Vista, even when using firewire. Still picture quality is worse than expected. Sony support has been really bad. Overall, it has been a...

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Support, Compatibility, Quality of Camera

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Horrible Support from Sony

 

Seems to be a relatively good camera when working properly. I have also had significant compatibility issues with Vista, even when using firewire. Still picture quality is worse than expected. Sony support has been really bad. Overall, it has been a...

Picture Quality

Support, Compatibility, Quality of Camera

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot Plus infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to detect and correct camera "shake" for smoother video recording. Tele Macro Mode zooms in for close-up shots to bring out the subject in vivid imagery - making it stand out above the background. This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices.

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.7in
Height:3.6in
Weight:1.1lbs/16.2oz
Width:2.8in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC96/HC96E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.1Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

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 / Stripe fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Delayed Motion / Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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