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Sony DCR-PC1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 303 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and features.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

price, 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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-PC1000

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 21 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, usability, price, size, image quality

battery, features, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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-PC1000 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [2.8Mp, 10x, 2.7" WLCD]

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC1000

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

battery, memory, features

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

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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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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

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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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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

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000 review

 

Attractive and compact, this 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

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 stabilisation instead of an optical system, it effectively eliminated shake without noticeably degrading the image

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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.

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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

 

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'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

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:3.8in/4in
Height:4.1in/4.6in
Weight:0.9lbs/1.1lbs
Width:2.1in/2.3in

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

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PC1000/PC1000E/PC9
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

Miscellaneous

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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