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Sony DCR-PC1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 313 reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the color and reliability. There are some negative views about the connectivity and battery.

usability, portability, size, image quality, design

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good comments. Many are negative about the battery. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC1000 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [2.8Mp, 10x, 2.7" WLCD]Sony DCR-PC9 DV CamcorderSony DCR-PC9 DV Camcorder

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony DCR-PC1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and reliability get mixed views, while there are some negative comments about the color and connectivity.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

battery, connectivity, color

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD301 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRPC9 MiniDV Handycam CamcorderSony DCR-PC1000 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


This camcorder is at the helm of the entire Sony 2005 line of MiniDV camcorders.  The PC1000 has 3 CMOS chips with 790K gross pixels.  CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) chips are an alternative to CCD chips. As head of the Sony MiniDV...

Automatic Control, -Video Performance, -Respectable Low Light Performance, -Still Performance, -Ease Of Use, -LCD, -Portability

Manual Control, -Handling, -Closed Battery Port, -Audio

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-PC1000 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-PC1000 has great potential. It uses three new CMOS sensors, never before seen in a consumer grade camcorder, and they've managed to squeeze some pretty impressive performance out of the first CMOS camcorder. The DCR-PC1000 was theoretically...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (

Sony DCR-PC1000 Mini DV Camcorder


The menu system is accessible through the 2.7" color LCD that acts as a touch panel. On the LCD is an additional record start/stop button, zoom controls and a wide select control that swaps the aspect ratio between 16:9 and 4:3. The wider 16:9 mode...

Sharp Image Sharp Design Camera Control Dial

FireWire on Dock Only Mic Input ul&g

The details in our test footage were also very pleasing to the eye. The CMOS sensors certainly add a more polished look to the overall contrast of the images. We played back the footage a second time without the color from the image to see just how...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


Uses MiniDV, has a three CMOS sensor and an electronic image stabilisation system. But is the vertical form a winner?

This 2.8MP Sony offering gives solid stills, but images are not as glorious as you'd expect for the brassy price

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (

Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


A compact three-chip MiniDV camera that combines advanced features with point-and-shoot design.

Compact design ; Three-chip capture ; Broad feature set ; Strong photo capabilities ; Smooth automatic operation

Clumsy user interface for more advanced functions ; Pricey ; Mediocre battery life; works only with proprietary cables and accessories

Although the DCR-PC1000 provides electronic image stabilization instead of an optical system, it effectively eliminated shake without noticeably degrading the image.

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: scooter (

The best consumer camcorder I've ever owned!!!

Jun, 2005

Consumer review by: KAREN TORO (





Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Tamburga (

digicam at its best




Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Karim Kawakibi (





Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: glennys (



good product

is diferent in my hands

Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

With high performance video recording and a fresh new body design, the DCR-PC1000 MiniDV Handycam camcorder takes form and function to a new level. The CMOS imaging sensor provide superior detail and clarity in both video and still image recording. The 2.7 Megapixel digital still memory mode captures high-resolution still images perfect for prints. The SteadyShot picture stabilization system provide smooth video recording for the best possible picture. The DCR-PC1000 camcorder's sleek and compact body comes fully-loaded with features to help you manage your video recording. The 2.7" Hybrid LCD display provides high-resolution images for excellent viewing clarity. An assignable manual dial is built into the lens of the camera, so you can easily customize the focus and the exposure of the camcorder. The Cinematic mode creates a 24 frame film-like effect to your recordings.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FA50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:None/Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick/Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB/4MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2/F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:27.7mm/33mm
Min Focal Length:2.77mm/3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/670Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/790Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD/3CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Overlap fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Cinema / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Motion Effect / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail/Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD