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Sony DCR-PC1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 296 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and size. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the zoom and features.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

value for money, battery, features, zoom

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


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.

Attractive and compact, the Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000 MiniDV camera offers excellent image quality for its class and brings CMOS technology to the world of camcorders. But its overly clever user interface doesn't do its feature set justice.

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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...

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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...


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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


This is an outstanding camera for digital video and stills. The quality of video is tremendous (prosumer level) and it looks like a small consumer camera. I've had the Canon GL1 and used the GL2, this one shoots as good a quality video and is small...

Video quality is outstanding, so small it fits in a jacket pocket

Touch screen menus take a little getting used to and mic noise is noticeable especially in windy conditions

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


I have mine for more than 10 months already and so far after 6 months of use, only the auto lens cover is giving me a major problem. The lens cover automatically shut after power off and opens when on. Unfortunately mine got stucked on a close position...

Small and easily fit to my pants' pocket, great 3CMOS videos and pics, good price

very poor low light performance, touch screen easily contaminated with finger prints, limited zoom, no USB connection in the camera (needs the base)

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


I've only had my pc1000 for a week and it seems to be a great camera. The camera form factor, user controls, and picture/audio quality are all better than I expected.

Good form factor, intuitive user controls, excellent video/audio

Poor documentation

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


Over all I like this camera. I got it so that I could have a camera that's easy to grab and get shots of my newly born daughter. It's quick to start up and begin filming.

Small and portable. It is a Sony, so that accounts for well built and reliable camera

The docking station is needed to output footage and the microphone is in a bad spot

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


I relly do not recommend to buy this camera, it does not have night shot mode, in low light it has mediocre image,the integrated flash has power for closer pictures ,no more than 5 feet, the red eye reduction feature is workless,the memory stick...

Small, inovative 3 Cmos

Bad pictures, no night shot, short batery life

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"Excellant quality, ease of use, style, features, few drawbacks"


One more pro is that there is a neat little focus ring on the left side also programmable for exposure, etc. The camera is feature rich and for me easy to use (and high-quality. Overall a great camera for anyone who wants a small, easy to use camcorder...

Lokks good, easy user interface, high quality videos, large touch screen, 3CMOS, has controlls from bottom of screen, handy battery life display, seems to slightly charge itself when not using LCD

Battery life isn't super (but camera seems to charge itself little when off, or not using LCD), charging time isn't super, focus is a little slow in low light

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"Great Things to come in Small Packages"


A bit skeptical on CMO technology but ultimately chose this over Sony's D403 and HC90, Panosonics 250/350, and couldn't waite for the even more impressive Canon Optura 600 with 4 mega pixal because my baby is due in a few weeks.

Size/Weight/Portability, Comfortable fitting, High-tech design/quality, Very good stills and videos with excellent color contrast, build-in lens cover

LCD too small to be used for touch screen; short battery life; dark/unnatural color,

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