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Sony DCR-PC5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the memory and size are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good views. Many are less positive about the battery and value for money.

image quality, usability, portability, size, memory

value for money, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 79 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, battery

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sony DCR-PC5

 

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Sony DCR-PC5 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The DCR-PC5 is a MiniDV camcorder with a MSRP of $1599. The camcorder has the matchbox shape of the first digital camcorders. It is a thin, tall, and small camcorder. The video cameras in matchbox form are extremely portable. It is unfortunate that...

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Sony DCR-PC5 Mini DV

 

External mike & headphone jacks, Manual controls, Digital still capability with Memory Stick

No numeric manual shutter speed, Uncomfortable for large hands

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Sony DCR-PC5

 

External mike & headphone jacks, Manual controls, Digital still capability with Memory Stick

EISA Award - Best Product

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SONY DCR-PC5E

 

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Sony Handycam DCR PC5 : Sony PC3 DV camcorder - should you snap it up

 

Looking for my first camcorder last week, I was presented with a wealth of options from traditional Digital 8 Video cameras to the new modern Digital Video camcorders. After some preliminary research on the Internet, I found that the general concensus...

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Sony Handycam DCR PC5 : Small but beautiful (updated 9/6/01)

 

Update: I can now say that I made the right choice. The camera is a delight to use. Digital stills taken on the memory stick are brill. Video quality is excellent even in max zoom and as good as anything else on the market. The humming noise I refer to...

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Sony Handycam DCR PC5 : does everything you dream of

 

We bought this camcorder especially for our holiday in Florida, we needed one that was small so that we could take it on rollercoasters etc. and be able to hold onto it! The Sony DCRPC5 was the smallest we could find. For £1000 (from...

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Sony Handycam DCR PC5 : Digital heaven

 

The Chanel little black dress of the camcorder world, the DCR-PC5 is seriously small, sexy and gossamer-light at 450g. it's so small, in fact, that you can't hold it in the usual way, but master the drop down handle and his is a joy to use. It's LCD...

Product Specifications

Handycam camcorders help you experience a revolutionary new technology that delivers all the advantages of digital recording with all the convenience and familiarity of today's analog cassettes. There's nothing quite like it. 12-bit/16-bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio Recording offers a choice of either a single 16-bit/48kHz stereo audio track for DAT-quality recording, or two 12-bit/32kHz stereo tracks for CD sound quality. 2.5-inch LCD Viewscreen makes recording a snap by allowing you to see your recordings as you make them. It also makes recording events from difficult angles much simpler. Plus, you can watch your masterpiece after you've recorded it. Hole Accumulation Diode CCD reduces noise in the video signal to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6dB. Built-in Digital Still Camera with Memory Stick allows you to store still images in digital format at 640x480 resolution in Sony's new Memory Stick memory. World renowned for high quality optical applications, the Carl Zeiss Varrio Sonnar zoom lens provides exceptional image quality. Digital Video The Digital Video format offers more precise image detail and color accuracy than previously possible with analog camcorders. The DCR-PC5 employs a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery power system which let's you know the amount of power remaining in the battery to within 1 minute of accuracy. Another thing you don't need to worry about is holding the camcorder perfectly still. Sony's SteadyShot system uses sophisticated motion sensors to remove unwanted picture shake. With Sony's Hyper-Precision CCD image sensors, you're not sacrificing image size or picture quality. Super NightShot enables you to shoot subjects up to 10 feet away in total darkness. 6 Picture Effects let you add creative enhancements to your video productions. Choose Slim, Stretch, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, or Negative Art. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality, you can store hundreds of individual stills to the tape.

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.8in
Height:4in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.1in

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:Night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PC5
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects: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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