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Sony HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Sony HDR-HC1. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and portability also get good comments, but there are some less positive comments about the battery and reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design

reliability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC1 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. Views about the image quality and design are overall positive. The size and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability. Views are divided on the portability.

usability, price, size, design, image quality

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-HC1E - Camcorder - High Definition - 2.97 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - Mini DV (HDV)Sony Handycam HDR-HC1E - Camcorder - High Definition - 2.97 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - Mini DV (HDV)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Sony 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 are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some negative opinions about the reliability. Comments about the viewfinder and battery are different.

portability, usability, image quality, price, zoom

reliability

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC1 2.8MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC1 2.8MP High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV 1080i Handycam Camcorder

 

Video Recording Format: DV Tape, CCDType: Single CMOS Chip

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.

Though it certainly isn't perfect, Sony's HDR-HC1 puts HD in your hand and takes home movies to a whole new level.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 review:

 

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

Expert review by: Marc Perton (engadget.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV camcorder reviewed

 

Sony's HDR-HC1 - the company's smallest and most affordable HD camcorder - is about to hit the street (er, not literally, we hope), and the lucky devils at Camcorderinfo.com got their mitts on a review unit. What did they think...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV Camcorder Review

 

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Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Frank Völkel (tomsguide.com)

Sony HDR-HC1: A Quantum Leap For Video Buffs

 

Sony's smallest HD video camera costs upwards of $1,200, but is the way to go for serious amateur videographers looking to raise the level of their game.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Frank Völkel (tomshardware.com)

Sony HDR-HC1: A Quantum Leap For Video Buffs

 

Sony's smallest HD video camera costs upwards of $1,200, but is the way to go for serious amateur videographers looking to raise the level of ...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Morgan Paar (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-HC1 HDV

 

When Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, announced 2005 to be the year of HD while on stage at Macworld in January, he told the overflow, Mac loyal crowd at San Francisco's Moscone Center, "you guys gotta get one of these," referring to the Sony HDR-FX1...

Relatively low price ; Small ; Beautiful HD image and sound ; Many pro features

Tape door and battery release in bad places/li ; Doesn't ship with stand-alone battery charger/li ; Audio levels adjusted in the menu

A great HDV camcorder for beginners and intermediates at a surprisingly low price.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: (luminous-landscape.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 High Definition Video Camera

 

In every field a product comes along every now and then which is later regarded as a tipping point - a fulcrum, if you will - around which the old and the new swing. In digital photography many regard the Canon D30 of several yea

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

Sony HDR-HC1 camcorder review

 

Groundbreaking technology, Handling, ease of use, Compact size, Picture quality, Microphone jack, Very good viewfinder

Battery life, Memory stick size, No Editor software included, Minor autofocus issues

Expert review by: Laurence Grayson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC1

 

Sony's new HDR-HC1 is the first high-definition video (HDV) camcorder within reach of the consumer videographer.

Affordable HD camcorder

No progressive scan, some design faults

While not without its flaws, the Sony HDR-HC1 can claim the title of being first HDV camcorder available to mainstream consumers

Nov, 2005