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Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the build quality, and there are some negative opinions about the resolution and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 10 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, design, image quality, battery, size

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC109 Camcorder 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.

portability, usability, battery, image quality, design

memory, resolution

88% 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

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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.

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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

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC109

 

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.

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

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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...

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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

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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...

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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

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"Piece of junk!"

 

What a piece of junk. The zoom feature is awful and will cause motion sickness when reviewing movies. After the warranty period expired, the zoom feature completely stopped working. Thanks, but no thanks. I've replaced it with a Canon ZR850.

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"Not a very good value when the sensor dies."

 

Consumer reports had originally included this camera as among those with defective sensors. My sensor died in the same manner as those covered in the class action lawsuit against Sony, but was not covered. It is a $300 expense to replace. I only got...

Pictures were fine until the sensor self destructed.

Sony quality has hit the toilet.

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"One of my best experiances with sony"

 

I am an ameature videographer who has worked with many cameras and I have also edited the videos and I have not had many experiences like I did with the PC109. The video taken with this camera was very crisp and surpassed my expectations. The LCD wasnt...

Great LCD, good audio, nice lens, crisp video quality, long battery life, smart foot for expandability.

No firewire, LCD hard to see in sun, lens does not adjust well with dark subject in front of bright windows.

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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