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Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

We have collected and analyzed 22 expert reviews and 173 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 84/100. The average review date is Apr 30, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 200785 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 86/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 18, 2014.

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Sony HDR-HC9 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a minor update from last year's HDR-HC7. This high definition camcorder records to tape in the HDV format, which continues be the format of choice for those who prize video quality over the convenience of flash media, HDD, and DVD....

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a good high definition camcorder. It's also Sony's only 2008 HDV model, so your only other choice is to go back to 2007 or earlier if you want to stay in the Sony family (our standing recommendation is the 2005 HDR-HC1).

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Reviewing the Sony HDR-HC9 Camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-HC9 video camera offers high-definition quality video while still using the MiniDV format. What else does this affordable camcorder offer you? Bright Hub looks at the qualities of this HD camcorder in this review.

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Camcorder Review Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Camcorder

 

Sony's new HC9 looks and feels a lot like last year's HC7, all in all a good thing. The design proves to be solid and usable, and it captures good images. For some users, the very best feature is one you can take out and hold in your hand: tape

Tape-based for easy archival Wide array of manual controls Great image quality

Lens hood obstructs flash and IR light Small Cam Control wheel Curious menu layout

A robust, flexible camera. Good choice for those who want their video on tape.

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Sony HDR-HC9

 

The HDR-HC9 is identical in most respects to last year's Sony HDR-HC7, including the 1/2.9-inch CCD with a gross pixel count of 3,200,000. The performance is, once again, very good. In bright and moderate light, the camcorder shows excellent color...

In low light testing, you'll start to see differentiations between the HDV models. While the Sony HDR-HC9 was good, it was clearly outperformed by the Canon HV30. Not only did the Canon produce a picture that looked less noisy, it also offers multiple...

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Sony HDR-HC9 HDV camcorder

 

HD is taking over the video production world faster than many camera owners can keep up with. Now in its 5th generation, HDV cameras offer a broad range of choices from full-size broadcast cameras to small format palmcorders. The most recent addition...

HD is taking over the video production world faster than many camera owners can keep up with

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Sony HDR-HC9 HDV camcorder

 

HD is taking over the video production world faster than many camera owners can keep up with. Now in its 5th generation, HDV cameras offer a broad range of choices from full-size broadcast cameras to small format palmcorders. The most recent addition...

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Sony HDR-HC9

 

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a minor update from last year's HDR-HC7. This high definition camcorder records to tape in the HDV format, which continues be the format of choice for those who prize video quality over the convenience of flash media, HDD, and DVD....

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Outstanding images, versatile, professional features

 

A great HD video camcorder with lots of features found in professional camcorders. Lots of existing accessories and add-on equipment available. Lots of I/O connections found only in professional camcorders.

Compact, easy to use and set, beautiful color and image quality

Manual focus dial too small. Transfer software a bit confusing with first use

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Day 1: it's great

 

I'm an average consumer who likes to shoot video of the kids and family events, and edit on the PC to make short videos. I wanted top quality video images so chose a miniDV HD video camera. I plan to keep this for years, so opted for HD so that it'll...

amazing night shooting ; easy flip out touch screen ; Easy Button ; fun extras like the Slow Motion feature (records 3s of video and plays back over 12s) ; tape miniDV media for storage ; ability to snap photos and save to a Memory Stick Duo

too many menu options ; no neck strap, but the sturdy hand strap is alright ; battery life is disappointing

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Day 1: it's great

 

I'm an average consumer who likes to shoot video of the kids and family events, and edit on the PC to make short videos. I wanted top quality video images so chose a miniDV HD video camera. I plan to keep this for years, so opted for HD so that it'll...

amazing night shooting ; easy flip out touch screen ; Easy Button ; fun extras like the Slow Motion feature (records 3s of video and plays back over 12s) ; tape miniDV media for storage ; ability to snap photos and save to a Memory Stick Duo

too many menu options ; no neck strap, but the sturdy hand strap is alright ; battery life is disappointing

Product Specifications

Record your memories in HD brilliance. The HDR-HC9 MiniDV HD Handycam Camcorder delivers high definition quality and versatility with a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 10x optical / 20x digital zoom, and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor for stunning video and 6.1 megapixel still images. Use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps ensure clear images. View everything you shoot on the 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel technology. Even save your still images directly to a Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (sold separately) to easily transfer and share your photos.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC9/HDR-HC9E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.04Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

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