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Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 549 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the usability and color. The portability and size also get good comments, but there are some less positive views about the durability.

size, portability, color, usability

durability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-A1E Pro Digital CamcorderSony HVR-A1E Pro Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the memory and design. There are some negative reviews about the viewfinder and durability.

portability, usability, price, image quality, size

durability, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX230

 

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best.

8GB internal memory. 1080p60 video. 27x f/1.9-4 zoom lens

No touch screen. Very limited physical controls. Manual lens cover. No Wi-Fi. No mic input. No shoe adapter

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 ($279.99 direct) is a no-frills camcorder that does its best to pack an impressive zoom lens and 1080p60 video recording into a compact package. Don't expect a touch screen, Wi-Fi, or even an automatic lens cover on this...

Dec, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV 1080i Handycam Camcorder

 

Although it certainly isn't perfect, Sony's HDR-HC1 takes home movies to a new level.

Incredible video quality. Great sound.

Expensive. Most users will need to invest in new hardware to store and play high-definition video. No software included for HD video editing. Image stabilization isn't powerful enough.

More digital video camcorder reviews:• Ricoh Theta SC• Vuze VR Camera• Samsung Gear 360 (2017)• Giroptic iO• YI 4K+• more

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 review

 

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

High-resolution video; compact design; excellent viewfinder; versatile features.

Only interlaced HD video, no 720p; some design quirks; some autofocus glitches.

The Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 is a good first effort at a consumer HD camcorder, but only HD fanatics should consider it.

Jun, 2005

Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V Review

 

With its built-in projector and 96GB of internal memory, the PJ790V may be too much of a good thing.

We won't argue the fact that the HDR-PJ790V is a great camcorder, but the lack of improvement when it comes to performance is frustrating. If you have a Sony HDR-CX760V, HDR-PJ760V, or an HDR-PJ710V from last year, then you shouldn't bother upgrading....

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Ben Keough (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-PJ650V Camcorder Review

 

Sony comes up to par with the competition, but doesn't go any further.

Thus far, we've spilled a lot of virtual ink comparing the PJ650V to its compatriots from Canon and Panasonic. And what have we learned? Mostly, we've determined that there's very little difference between the three when it comes to performance or...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Jennifer O'Rourke (videomaker.com)

Sony Camcorder Review: Sony HVR-A1U HDV

 

Out of the box, we first noticed, in our Sony camcorder review, that the HVR-A1U was much smaller than expected. Weighing just a pound and a half, this is just about the tiniest HDV camcorder out there. But attach the sharp lens hood, the audio jack...

True crisp color and detail Adjustable SPMTE timecode and color bars XLR jacks and stereo shotgun mic

Bottom tape loading On/off button easy to trigger accidentally Manual controls buried in menus and not on camera body

Streamlined easy to use camcorder with a Carl Zeiss lens and XLR mic; a big pro HDV camcorder in a small affordable package.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Jennifer O'Rourke (videomaker.com)

Sony HVR-A1U

 

Streamlined easy to use camcorder with a Carl Zeiss lens and XLR mic; a big pro HDV camcorder in a small affordable package.

True crisp color and detail, Adjustable SPMTE timecode and color bars, XLR jacks and stereo shotgun mic

Bottom tape loading, On/off button easy to trigger accidentally, Manual controls buried in menus and not on camera body

May, 2006

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (studiodaily.com)

Sony HVR-A1U

 

Sony's Second Offering In Its PRO HDV Lineup Is The HVR-A1U. Thiscamcorder is squarely aimed at the budget HDV'er, and for the price isa surprising offering. I recently had the opportunity to work with thecamera for a few weeks as my company, VASST,...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

Sony HVR-A1U HDV Camcorder

 

Bringing its fourth HDV camera to market, Sony is about to start shipping the second in their professional offerings for the HDV shooter. The HVR-A1U is the latest addition to the HDV market, and is a dynamite camcorder both for DV shooters and HDV...

Spot takes a first look at a pre-production model

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: Michael R (newegg.com)

I love this camera.

 

This is a great camera. It is very easy to set up and use. It is, of course, auto-focus. Still photos are just as good as an SLR. 16 gig of on-board memory gives lots of movie time. It is easy to sync to hand-helds and to network. Small and easy to use...

None

Jun, 2014

Product Specifications

Sony introduces the world's smallest and lightest high definition consumer camcorder with full HD resolution based on HDV 1080i, the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. The ultra-compact HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder fits comfortably in your hand, while delivering high-definition picture quality and lighting detail on both video and digital still images. The HDR-HC1 features Sony's CMOS imaging sensor technology, designed to deliver faster image processing speeds for richer colors, more vivid detail, and significantly less glare from reflected light. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens further enhances image clarity and richness, even when shooting in low light. The HDR-HC1 also features a 2.7-inch wide hybrid, touch-panel LCD screen1 to access menu options. You can switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios (in DV mode) to see exactly how your content will be viewed on television. Other convenient features include fully automatic controls, a built-in microphone for audio quality, an intelligent pop-up flash, and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. You can even record your own high definition video in complete darkness with Sony's Super NightShot Infrared System, which adds the greatest amount of range and detail to your images in low- to no-light conditions. This HDR-HC1 Camcorder comes with Vegas Movie Studio + DVD 6 and Super Duper Music Looper. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD 6 is a real-time nondestructive video editor. No matter what changes you make to your video and photos in the software, your original files are never affected! Super Duper Music Looper is a fun, easy way for children to learn the basics of music making and recording. Kids don't have to know how to read or play an instrument to make their very own songs.

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.16
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Run Time (Up To):85min

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3 / 6 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Playback zoom:N
Playback zoom (max):N
Progressive Scan: Yes
Self-timer:10
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Design

Color of product:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.1in/7.4in
Height:3.7in/7.5in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:2.8in

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123200
Display resolution (numeric):123200 / 230000
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash

Built-in flash:No / Y
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB

Focusing

Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC1/HDR-HC1 Ultimate HDV Starter Kit/HVR-A1E/HVR-A1U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.9
Optical sensor size:1 / 3 / 1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:2.1 / 2.97 / 3 / 8.9

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.17 - 31.7
Digital Zoom:10 / 120 / 320
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.17 - 31.7
Focal length range (f-f):0.0827 - 2.24 / 0.201 - 2.01
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Interchangeable Lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:51mm
Maximum aperture number:4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):31.7 / 45.9
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Minimum aperture number:1.9
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.17
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 27
Type:Zoom lens

Light Exposure

Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Scene modes:Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel/2.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.2Mpix/1.98Mpix/2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.97Mpix/3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Flash:Y
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK(DV)In/Out, S-Video Out, USB Terminal, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):6.2
Power Requirements:8.4 V / 7.2 V / AC-L15
Resolution:1920 x 1440
USB 2.0 connectors:1
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, Component, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Included memory card size:0.016
Memory card included:MS Duo

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
HDMI:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Projector

Built-in Projector: Yes
Native Resolution:640 x 360
Projector brightness:13
Screen size compatibility:0 - 100

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.03 / 0.03 - 0.0001 / 1/2-1/10000
Camera shutter type:Electronic
Shutter speed (video):0.0001

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1440 / 3984 x 2240
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:DVCAM, HDV / HDV / No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Duo / MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD / HD
Maximum frame rate:25
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1440
Supported video modes:1080i, 576i, 576p
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4 / H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4 / H.264,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder: No
Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:252000
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder screen size:0.54
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.61 / 7.4 / 7.52
Height:2.24 / 3.7 / 4.06
Weight:23.6 / 24 / 6.28 / 7.41
Width:2.07 / 2.28 / 2.8

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Outdoor