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Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 reviews of Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are generally positive. The design and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, design, image quality, size

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder 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-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the image quality and size are overall positive. The portability and color also get good feedback. Many are negative about the design and reliability. Views about the zoom and price are mixed.

usability, color, portability, size, image quality

reliability, design

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC55E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [0.8MP, 10x Optical, 3"LCD]Sony DCR-PC55E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [0.8MP, 10x Optical, 3"LCD]

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The design and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical reviews about the memory.

usability, portability, design, image quality, size

memory

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC55 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (Black)Sony DCR-PC55 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (Black)Sony DCR-PC55 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom (Silver)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-PC55

 

Active Interface Shoe (hot shoe) ; Oversized 3.0-inch LCD ; Stylish and compact

Image stabilization is electronic, not optical ; No viewfinder ; No night mode ; No manual controls ; Letterboxed (cropped) 16:9 mode ; Dock required for video transfer ; Expensive ; Stills are only 640 by 480 ; Optical zoom is only 10x

Jul, 2005
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Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-PC55 is hailed as the smallest MiniDV camcorder to date. This model comes in several colors, providing you with the freedom to color coordinate your shooting experience. This camcorder is basically a fashion accessory and nothing else....

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-PC55 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The DCR-PC55 is an odd one. It's marketed as, and is, the smallest MiniDV camcorder ever, and this inflates its price considerably. Aside from that gimmicky quality, the camcorder doesn't really have too much to offer aside from a few cool still...

May, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-PC55 Mini DV

 

Up to meeting the demands of any consumer shooter, Sony's DCR-PC55 camcorder makes small work of the Mini DV format

Large 3" LCD ; Analog To Digital Conversion with Pass-Through

Small, hard to handle ; No headphone input ; Mic in bad place

A tiny Mini DV camcorder lacking a few essentials.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Robert Ellis (macworld.com)

Sony DCR-PC55

 

The Sony DCR-PC55 is seductively compact, housed in a stylish metallic body available in silver, black, red, and white. Unfortunately, the small size is the big news. Aside from scale, this camcorder just doesn't measure up.

Stylish and compact ; oversized 3.0-inch LCD ; Active Interface Shoe (hot shoe)

No viewfinder ; optical zoom is only 10x ; no manual controls ; letterboxed (cropped) 16:9 mode ; image stabilization is electronic, not optical ; no night mode ; stills are only 640 by 480 ; dock required for video transfer ; expensive

The DCR-PC55 fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, yet controls are easy to operate, even for someone with big mitts. Unlike other camcorders, which are dotted with buttons, you control almost everything via easy-to-navigate menus on the bright,...

Jul, 2005

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

Sony DCR PC55

 

Sony DCR-PC55 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

Sleek, stylish and amazingly portable, the Sony DCR PC55 MiniDV Handycam camcorder provides excellent video recording quality in an ultra-compact design. The Advanced HAD CCD imager provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video...

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A great handycam for a day at the beach, or a simple series of home videos, the Sony DCR-PC55 isn't for the serious camera enthusiast.

Simple interface, instinctive operation, impressive outdoor performance

Indoor and low light performance inadequate, slow autofocus, lack of features

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Alex Kidman (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-PC55R

 

Sony's DCR-PC55R aggressively pursues consumers who want a dash of style with their camcorder choices.

Simple operation ; Eye-catching design

Higher-end users will find it a bit simplistic ; No optical viewfinder

May, 2005

Expert review by: Randolph Ramsay (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-PC55

 

Sony is aiming squarely at the hip youth market with its stylish new Handycam, the DCR-PC55.

Simple operation ; Eye-catching design

Higher-end users will find it a bit simplistic ; No optical viewfinder

Overall The DCR-PC55 Handycam scores high on looks, and sports enough features to make its $1499 price tag seemingly worthwhile (especially for those willing to pay a price premium for design). CNET.com.au will bring you a full review soon and hand...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: rikagerald (ciao.com)

A Good Portable Handycam

 

Sony Handycam DCR PCE 55 is a handy cam which is very convenient to where it was. I think with the size fit in the hand is not too difficult to operate this handy cam. In addition to the available several beautiful colors, this handy cam can also put...

Portable and a beautiful Handy Cam with the clear result

the camera has a great sensitivity of the form of dust dirt / sand

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

New breakthroughs in miniaturisation technology mean you're able to take the Sony DCR-PC55E Handycam with you anywhere, kept in your bag or jacket just like your mobile phone or slim line digital camera. This tiny Handycams is intended for daily use, wherever you are, whenever you want. The camcorder is always ready for shooting - the provision of an automatic lens cover means you'll never miss the action. The model enables you to position your camcorder on the supplied Handycam Station, so that everyone can see the LCD display. This mains powered cradle ensures that your camcorder is always ready to use being connected to your PC or TV. Even more, playing back with Slide show plus function it can be used as a photo frame to keep playing your favorite pictures. The Sony DCR-PC55E camcorder is fully equipped with the latest technologies. A 3.0-inch Hybrid LCD monitor is ideal for viewing video or a slideshow of still images even under high contrast situations. The 3.0-inch LCD display also has a Touch Screen, which can be used in conjunction with Sony's Active Menu, a logically structured graphical user interface for camcorder control. With Memory Stick DUO you can also easily shoot and store digital still images. Sony's unique Easy Handycam menu gives one-button access to basic camera operation and recording settings.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FA50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.8in
Height:3.9in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:1.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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

Header

Manufacturer:Apple/Sony
Model:DCR-PC55/PC55/PC55/B/PC55/R/PC55/S/PC55/W/PC55E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam/Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Red/Silver/White

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Steady Shot)

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