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Sony DCR-PC330

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews of Sony DCR-PC330. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas views about the size and battery are different. Many are critical about the viewfinder and control panel.

portability, price, usability, image quality, reliability

control panel, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-PC330

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC330 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the zoom and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and image quality also get good opinions, whereas the battery and portability get negative comments.

price, image quality, reliability, design, zoom

portability, battery

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC330 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical]Sony DCR-PC330 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical]

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC330

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC330 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and usability. The image quality and price are also appreciated. Many are critical about the reliability.

portability, price, image quality, usability, durability

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRPC330 MiniDV 3.3-Megapixel Handycam CamcorderSony DCRPC330 MiniDV 3.3-Megapixel Handycam Camcorder

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-PC330

 

The Sony DCR-PC330 ($1,700 direct) offers a unique blend of compact size with good still- and video-image quality, making it a natural for anybody seeking one camera to take anywhere. But those looking for an inexpensive prosumer camera should check...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: John DuQuette (cnet.com)

Sony DCR-PC review: Sony DCR-PC

 

Unless portability is your primary consideration, you can find better choices than this petite underachiever.

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.

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-PC330 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At a press luncheon in New York City Sony announced the DCR-PC330 matchbox style MiniDV camcorder with a price point of $1,700. The major features of the camcorder is it's 1/3 in. 3.3 Megapixel CCD. The camcorder is being billed as a hybrid still /...

Aug, 2003

Expert review by: John DuQuette (cnet.com.au)

Sony DCR-PC330

 

This top-of-the-line, full-featured camcorder produces excellent video and takes decent digital stills.

Excellent video ; Good photos ; Lens-mounted manual focus ; Packed with features

No zebra stripes ; Limited manual override ; Touch screen suboptimal for some operations

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: JacobChiong (shopzilla.com)

Check thoroughly before you pay

 

Touch-screen menus - no more groping for buttons in the dark

Zoom button awkward for large hands

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: D. Gohmann (photographyreview.com)

Sony DCR-PC330 - (Digital Camcorders)

 
Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: twoeyedox (pricegrabber.com)

Sony DCR-PC330 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I owned a Sony DCR TRV 30 mini DV prior to this unit. The PC 330 has better low light color sensitivity for both video and stills. I was impressed by how I can get much better indoor still pictures without need for an accessory flash. Because's...

Camcorder and Still Camera in one.

The upright form factor may feel awkward to those used to horizontal configuration camcorders.

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: zlmajors (epinions.com)

This is the camcorder you wish you could afford.

 

There are a few pieces of electronics that you are most likely to do in-depth research on, write down what you want and also look very carefully at what you can afford, a camcorder is one of those electronics. The problem is very few people can afford ...

Excellent video, excellent nightvideo, very good still shots, overall sexiness, Carl Zeiss lens

Battery life, inconvenient tape location, price

May, 2004

Consumer review by: benicia (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-PC330 Camcorder April 2004 Review

 

If you are looking at Sony's stunning DCR-PC330, you've made an initial solid choice just by its consideration. It's Carl Zeiss lens along with its 3-Megapixel digital still potential is reason enough to look at this camcorder combination unit. Let's ...

Color Quality, Carl Zeiss Lens, Size And Battery Life

3 Megapixel Photo Quality And Speed, Customer Support And LCD Screen Control Panel

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: letstalkturkey (epinions.com)

Produce a jewell and sacrifice it bec. of missing control buttons : pc330

 

Below is mainly on the photo function of pc330 , please look elsewhere if this aspect is not what you would like to hear about ) . I'm a former owner of dcr pc120 , and I still own a sony vx2000 . VX is bulky ( not as terrible as xl1s of canon ) and ...

great video and photo pixels (though possibly increased artificially) in a jewel size

we have our fingertips help controls while filming, and Sony:(( doesn't seem to realise

Mar, 2004
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Product Specifications

DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder is the industry's first single-CCD (charge coupled device), 3.31-megapixel model, affording customers the highest quality combination of digital video and still camera optics. The new DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam model has an Advanced HADTM (hole accumulated diode) CCD imager, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and a new advanced primary color filter, which together create outstanding video and digital photographs. Beyond Sony's standard advanced features such as Super NightShot infrared system for shooting video in total darkness and the Super SteadyShot system for image stabilization, this new model also has a new smooth interval record feature, enabling smooth time-lapse recording. Along with a 2.5-inch hybrid touch panel liquid crystal display (LCD) for an easy-access, easy-to-see menu, the new 3-D user menu is customizable into a Personal Menu. Once users assemble their favorite features into their own Personal Menu, it takes just one touch on the LCD to facilitate a personal shooting style. The DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder weighs just over a pound with its battery. It is smaller than a paperback dictionary, but has the versatility and sophistication of camcorders twice its size. The new three-color filter uses proprietary technology that quadruples the area for each primary color, resulting in more true-to-life photographs and video. Like the human eye distinguishes color through red, green and blue photoreceptors, the new primary color filter uses the same colors to deliver vibrant and color-rich video and still images. The manual focus ring together with the 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom gives the user even more options for creativity and composition. The DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder also has specific Sony still camera features for shooting crisp clear pictures in poor lighting conditions.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30
Run Time (Up To):95min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Smartphone Remote Control: No

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:4.7in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon/Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:16MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Vertical
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PC330/PC330E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX/MPEG-1
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/Card Mix / Chroma Key / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD