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Sony DCR-PC3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Sony DCR-PC3. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the color and durability. The image quality and size also get good feedback, whereas the zoom and price get mixed reviews. Many are less positive about the battery and viewfinder.

usability, size, image quality, durability, color

viewfinder, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC3 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and color. The durability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, durability, color, portability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRPC3 Digital CamcorderSony DCRPC3 Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2018

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC3: not bad for a weenie one....


We've been using the sony p23 for just over six months now, filming everything from watersports to the odd dodgy flick and we remain impressed with the overall quality of the thing. It feels built to last and the only quibbles are minor. It certainly...

decent pics, versatile stills abilities, some worthwhile special effects

everyone will want a go

Oct, 2000

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam DCR PC3 : not bad for a weenie one....


We've been using the sony p23 for just over six months now, filming everything from watersports to the odd dodgy flick and we remain impressed with the overall quality of the thing. It feels built to last and the only quibbles are minor. It certainly...

Oct, 2000

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-PC3 is the ultimate in high quality easily portable video. This camera fits into a pocket, yet gives you the power of digital technology. The unique combination of a Sony Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Technology and a Carl Zeiss Lens deliver the best available image quality for moving and still images - housed in one of the world's most compact camcorders. 400 lines of horizontal resolution deliver precision video footage with brilliant color reproduction and excellent digital zoom results. Professional quality, precision 12x Optical/120x Digital Zoom provides unparalleled detail and clarity. 4-capsule microphone offers crystal clear stereo separation and superior digital wind noise reduction. A 200k pixel, poly-crystalline silicon LCD provides up to 400 lines of horizontal resolution for spectacular image clarity during recording and playback. Dichroic Prism divides incoming light into red, green, and blue components for incredibly sharp and rich color. Drop-Frame Time Code provides accurate time code for precision editing. Index Titler stores titles (eight colors and two sizes) on Sony DV cassette 4k-memory chip, allowing the titles to be added during or after shooting video. Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with No Memory communicates with camcorder and provides accurate readout in minutes of time remaining. Intelligent Accessory Shoe communicates signals (such as power on/off, Control L, and audio) between the camcorder and accessories to simplify usage. Laserlink Wireless Connection allows you to beam videos from your camcorder to your TV from up to 16 feet away-wire free with optional IFT-R10 receiver. TV Control will turn on most Sony TV's and select the proper input automatically. LP recording lets you record up to 90 minutes of video on a 60-minute mini DV cassette. Super-durable magnesium alloy is used for a tough, rugged, and beautiful chassis. PCM Digital Stereo Audio With Audio Dubbing provides an incredible 96dB of dynamic range for superior audio power, clarity, and accuracy. Audio dubbing lets you record your stereo sound first, then insert your stereo music or narration without disturbing the original soundtrack. 200, 000 Pixels Precision Color Viewfinder provides excellent viewing clarity. Super Steadyshot Image Stabilization is a highly sophisticated system of internal motion sensors that detect and eliminate high-frequency vibration for incredibly smooth video. 16: 9 Wide Mode lets you record in the widescreen 16: 9 aspect ratio for video that plays back in cinema mode for an authentic theater-like look. This camera also features built-in Memory Stick Slot for DSC functions and Picture & Digital Effects capabilities.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon/Landscape / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

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


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)/None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Slide wipe/Bounce fader / Fade trigger / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail/Mosaic / Negative / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Slow Shutter / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD