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Sony DCR-PC109

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of Sony DCR-PC109. 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. Reviewers really like the battery and design. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC109 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-PC109

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC109 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the battery and design. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. The reliability and durability get critical opinions.

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60% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC109E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-PC109E Digital Camcorder

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC109

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC109 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the battery and design are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the memory. Comments are divided on the durability.

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87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony DCRPC109 Compact MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-PC109 Handycam

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: MiniDV Tape

Good video quality. Compact design. Good still-image capture for a 1-megapixel sensor.

No built-in flash.

The highly portable, stylish Sony DCR-PC109 Handycam offers good video quality.

Oct, 2004
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Expert review by: Robert Ellis (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-PC109

 

Hot-shoe ; Spot focus ; Best image stabilization ; Headphone and mike jacks ; Easy-to-use touchscreen menu

Awkward zoom-button position ; USB and FireWire on docking station

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Sony's moderately priced matchbook camcorder this year, the DCR-PC109, has a 1/5-inch CCD with 690K effective pixels for video and 1000K effective pixels for still photos. It has a 10x optical zoom and a 2.5 inch LCD screen for monitoring your footage.

Docking station, - Hot shoe, - Mic input, - Portability/ Ease of Use, - Spot metering, Spot Focus

Video and Low light performance are just average, - Manual Controls are lacking

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Nathaniel Hansen (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony's DCR-PC109 matchbook-style MiniDV camcorder has a 1/5-inch CCD with 690K effective pixels for video and 1000K effective pixels for still photos. Additionally, the Sony DCR-PC109 has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 10x optical and 120x digital zoom...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

DCR-PC109 - DV Camcorders

 

The Canon Optura 40 is the standout among these contenders, with excellent video quality, respectable stills, and professional features (such as true 16:9 mode). The Sony and the Panasonic are also good choices, but for the difference in price, we'd...

Best image stabilization ; spot focus ; headphone and mike jacks ; hot-shoe ; easy-to-use touchscreen menu

USB and FireWire on docking station ; awkward zoom-button position

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR PC109

 

Sony DCR PC109 is a Compact MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

Compact and feature rich, the Sony DCR PC109 MiniDV Handycam is the perfect camcorder for people who demand quality and convenience. Featuring a large 2.5 hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display, Super NightShot Plus infrared recording system, Super SteadyShot...

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-PC109

 

This pocket MiniDV camcorder excels outdoors, and back home, you'll love the Handycam Station dock.

Supercompact ; Bundled Handycam Station ; 1-megapixel imager ; Hybrid LCD great in sunlight

No earphone jack ; No built-in flash or video light ; Bottom-loading cassette ; Viewfinder doesn't tilt

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: heatstroke (pcphotoreview.com)

Sony DCR-PC109

 
Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: (nextag.com)

A Great Little Camcorder

 
Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: (pricegrabber.com)

Review: Sony Handycam DCR-PC109 Mini DV Camcorder

 
Oct, 2004
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Product Specifications

Compact and feature rich, the Sony DCR-PC109 MiniDV Handycam is the perfect camcorder for people who demand quality and convenience. Featuring a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display, Super NightShot Plus infrared recording system, Super SteadyShot image stabilization, and a big 1.0 megapixel Advanced HAD imaging device, the DCR-PC109 provides all the punch of a camera twice its size. Combined with Memory Stick DUO media, it even doubles as a digital camera, able to take pictures as large as 1152 x 864 pixels. What really sets it apart from the competition, though, is its innovative Handycam Station, which provides quick and easy connection between the camcorder and your TV, VCR, or computer. Now, viewing your footage is easier than ever before. Plus, it provides power to the camcorder and charges the battery while you wait, assuring you a full charge whenever you use it.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FF51

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.8in
Diameter:2.2in
Height:3.9in
Length:2in
Weight:1.1lbs/4.4oz
Width:2in

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 / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HG0725/PC109
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR/Sony VCL

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Wide angle
System Type:Lens accessories
Type:Converter/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)
Magnification:0.7

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 / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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