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Sony DCR PC 1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Sony DCR PC 1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and usability are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Many are negative about the color.

size, image quality, portability, usability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR PC 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Sony DCR PC 1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design and usability. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the color.

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRPC1 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRPC1 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robert C. Lang (

Sony DCR-PC1 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


The DCR-PC1 is a MiniDV camcorder with a MSRP of $1999. The camcorder has a 10x optical zoom and a 120x digital zoom. The camcorder has the same matchbox shape of the first digital camcorders.

Jun, 2004

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (


Jun, 1998

Product Specifications

Sony offers its smallest DV camcorder to date. Its unique, ultra-compact design is approximately 27% smaller than the DCR-PC10. Despite the small size, this camera is feature packed and provides excellent recording quality. A 1/4" 680K pixel CCD imager designed specifically for DV picture quality. Professional quality, Carl Zeiss precision lens system provides unparalleled detail and clarity. 10X Optical /120X Digital Zoom brings the action up close from far away. This camera is capable of recording 12 Bit or 16 Bit digital stereo audio. Audio dub allows you to add an additional 12 bit stereo track to your original recording (with optional RK-G128). LP recording capability increases Record/Play time and allows you to record 90 minutes of digital video on a 60-minute DV cassette. Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization uses motion sensors that compensate for camera "shake" without compromising picture quality. Super SteadyShot will also eliminate high frequency vibration for smooth video. Manual Focus Ring allows added control of focus. Manual Exposure Control provides for variable exposure control. Digital Noise Reduction delivers improved picture quality in the camera mode, by reducing chrominance (color) noise in low light situations. 2 1/2" Active Matrix LCD provides brilliant images and you can swivel the screen angle up to 270 and even adjust it to the popular 'mirror' mode. This LCD also has anti-glare and anti-fingerprint treatments that will help to eliminate smudges, and offer easier cleaning. With 180k pixels provides excellent viewing clarity, with increased resolution. Sony's smallest Infolithium Battery to date will show you the remaining battery power in minutes in the LCD or the viewfinder. New digital picture effects allow you to get very creative with you shots; you can even vary some of the levels. There are 6 Digital Effects: Still, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Slow Shutter, Trail, and Old Movie, plus 8 different Picture Effects. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality, you can store up to 700 individual still photos on a 60-minute cassette in the LP Mode. You can also select from 5 different fader modes to transition from scene to scene: Black, Mosaic, Overlap, Bounce, and Monotone. i.Link DV Interface (IEEE1394) allows for edits between two digital camcorders, or a camcorder and a deck with virtually no generation loss. The i.Link interface provides for direct digital communication between you DV Handycam camcorder and you PC with optional DV Capture card(s). To further expand you creativity Sony adds an Index Titler feature that allows you to add Custom titles (22 characters), 8 pre-set titles in 2 sizes and 9 positions using 4k Cassette Memory. 16: 9 Wide Mode allows you to record and playback in a 'widescreen' aspect ratio.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):55min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


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 & ski / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Vertical
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Old Movie / Slow Shutter / Still / Trail


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD