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Sony DCR-SR32

alaTest has collected and analyzed 471 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the features and memory. There are mixed views on the reliability and resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-SR32 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-SR32

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 99 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR32 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR32 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.5'' LCD ScreenSony DCR-SR32 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.5'' LCD ScreenSony DCR-SR72 Hard Disc Drive Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-SR32

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Sony DCR-SR32 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC32 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC32 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

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Sony DCR-HC32

 

20x optical zoom

Image stabilization is electronic, not optical ; No manual controls ; Letterboxed (cropped) 16:9 mode ; No microphone jack ; Dock required for video transfer ; Stills are only 640 by 480 ; Poor low light performance

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC32

 

Review: A minor but decidedly worthwhile update of the DCR-HC30, the Sony Handycam DCR-HC32 offers a much more powerful optical zoom, a killer docking station, an accessory shoe, and a lower price tag. Plus, this MiniDV model carries over most of the...

Charging/connectivity dock included; built-in lens cover; novice-friendly Easy mode; touch-screen LCD; customizable onscreen menus; 20X optical zoom; NightShot mode

Noisy images in all but the brightest environments; touch-screen interface can be confusing; low-resolution still photos; cropped wide-screen mode; bottom-loading tape compartment

Like many lower-end camcorders, the Sony Handycam DCR-HC32 has trouble keeping noise out of the picture. But that's the only real problem with this affordable, feature-packed model.

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Sony DCR-HC32 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sony announced their new 2005 camcorder line, including the $600 DCR-HC32. While the new DCR-HC32 exhibits many of the cosmetic upgrades and features found on the DCR-HC21, and on all of Sony's new...

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Sony DCR-HC32

 

The 20x optical zoom lens on the Sony DCR-HC32 offers more range than most, but there's little else to recommend about this mediocre camcorder.

20x optical zoom

No manual controls ; letterboxed (cropped) 16:9 mode ; image stabilization is electronic, not optical ; poor low light performance ; no microphone jack ; stills are only 640 by 480 ; dock required for video transfer

The DCR-HC32 is compact, with well-placed controls, but I found the power switch and eject lever a bit awkward to operate. There are few buttons, with most options selected via easy-to-navigate menus on the 2.5-inch touch panel LCD. For sunny days,...

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Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-HC32 Mini DV

 

The DCR-HC32 has an inviting design and user interface that beginners and intermediate shooters will enjoy. If you're a casual shooter who wants a camcorder with modern day power and conveniences, you'll definitely want to take a closer look

Easy to use right out of the box ; Small, lightweight, relatively inexpensive ; Programmable menu system ; 20x optical zoom

Manual focus in menu ; No DV I/O on camera (must have base station to capture) ; No headphone/microphone ports

An excellent beginner to intermediate camera with the useful Handycam Station (base station) at a very affordable price.

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Sony DCR HC32

 

Sony DCR-HC32 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

Sony DCR HC32 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture...

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Sony DCRHC32

 

One of the smallest miniDV-based palmcorders on the market, with dimension of only 55 x 90 x 112mm, the Sony DCRHC32 has a sparse layout, with most of...

Build quality, useful docking station, touch screen control

Still images are only VGA quality, no FireWire cable supplied for use away from the docking station

One of the most stylish consumer camcorders around. With the useful docking station, the DCRHC32 is an ideal option for anyone wanting to work with their video on the PC.

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Sony DCR-HC32

 

Build quality, useful docking station, touch screen control

Still images are only VGA quality, no FireWire cable supplied for use away from the docking station

One of the most stylish consumer camcorders around. With the useful docking station, the DCRHC32 is an ideal option for anyone wanting to work with their video on the PC.

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Sony DCR-SR72E Camcorder

 

It's not high-def, but it has a fat hard drive.

In other respects, though, the SR72E is very much an entry-level device, and shares a lot with the cheaper SR52E. The CCD has the same 1.07 megapixel resolution (the SR32E's is 800 kilopixel), and it's only a 1/6in unit, which is about as tiny as they...

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC32 review

 

Like many lower-end camcorders, the Handycam DCR-HC32 has trouble keeping noise out of the picture. But that's the only real problem with this affordable, feature-packed model

Charging/connectivity dock included ; Built-in lens cover ; Novice-friendly Easy mode ; Touch-screen LCD ; Customisable onscreen menus ; 20x optical zoom ; NightShot mode

Noisy images in all but the brightest environments ; Touch-screen interface can be confusing ; Low-resolution still photos ; Cropped wide-screen mode ; Bottom-loading tape compartment

Image quality For all its great features and commendable design elements, the Sony Handycam DCR-HC32 can't quite overcome its small CCD. Colours seemed a bit muted, and the camera seemed to have trouble managing high-contrast exposures. For instance,...

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-HC32 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to detect and correct camera "shake" for smoother video recording. Tele Macro Mode zooms in for close-up shots to bring out the subject in vivid imagery - making it stand out above the background. This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices. Memory Stick Duo media compatibility provides yet another way to easily transfer still images and compact MPEG Movie EX video to your PC for emailing and printing.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40/Sony NP-FH60/Sony NP-FP30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.3in/4.4in/5in
Height:2.8in/3.1in/3.5in
Weight:0.9lbs/12.5oz/12oz/16.2oz
Width:2.2in/2.9in/3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
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/Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode/Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode/Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC32/HC32E/SR190E/SR32E/SR72E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9/F/1.8-3.1/F/1.8-3.2/F/1.8-4.1
Max Focal Length:46mm/51mm/62.5mm/76mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm/2.3mm/2.5mm/5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10/20/25/40
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.3Megapixel/1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1070Kpix/680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD/ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CCD/1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super 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/Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX/MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000/80/800
Media Type:Hard disk drive/Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail/Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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