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Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

features, reliability, viewfinder

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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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 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the color. The portability is also mentioned favorably.

size, portability, color

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 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. People really like the size and image quality. The usability and price also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the reliability and features.

portability, price, usability, image quality, size

features, reliability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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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...

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Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430V Review

 

While pocket cameras and smartphones are convenient for shooting videos that are appropriate for YouTube, you still can't beat a camcorder if you want to capture long-length, high-quality footage that you can display on a huge high-definition TV, or if...

Excellent high-definition video quality at 24p/60i/60p ; Great still image capture ; Built-in projector ; Improved optical image stabilization ; External mic and stereo headphone ports

Projected image is dim at larger sizes ; No viewfinder

Sony’s latest gen Handycam captures gorgeous HD video and JPEG stills, and it can also project your video for larger audiences right from the camera.

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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....

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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...

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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.

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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

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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,...

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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

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Consumer camera masquerading as professional.

 

This is a great CONSUMER camera, but for the professional price, NO WAY. Buyers would have better luck buying a better quality camera and adding pro features like shotgun mic/and 35mm adapter for much less $$. These cameras are dead weight in a market...

Great HD video quality. Good audio unit. "Cinema Modes" (24 and 30fps). Good Navigation on the touch screen. Solid design

Manual controls are a JOKE. The focus ring does not have stops (you won't be able to use a follow focus). Does poorly with low light conditions. Small image censor

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Beautiful Small Camcorder

 

I'm a part-time wedding videographer, and wanted to upgrade with HD and also the film-look. I found this camcorder online and was amazed at the price. When I received it i was a little disappointed because of the size. I found this camcorder under...

External microphone gives it a professional look & quality, plus its smallness comes in handy

Night shooting is not great probably due to the size of lens & processor

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 Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
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 Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display (Projector)

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

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

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 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)

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

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

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD
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