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Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the color and size. The portability and image quality also get good opinions, whereas comments about the reliability and price are different. There are some critical opinions about the battery and features.

usability, image quality, portability, size, color

features, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the usability and portability are overall positive. The size and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the features and price.

image quality, size, portability, usability

price, features

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRHC9E Mini DV Full HD HandycamSony HDRHC9E Mini DV Full HD HandycamSony HDR-HC9E Mini DV Full HD Handycam

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the durability and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the color and price. The reliability and features get negative views.

usability, portability, image quality, size, durability

features, reliability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC9 6MP MiniDV High Definition Handycam Camcorder 10x Optical ZoomSONHDRHC9 - Mini Dv Camcorder,10x Optcl/20x Dgtl,3-1/4x3-1/4x5-1/2,BKHDR-HC9 MiniDV HD Camcorder with Vegas Pro 8 Software

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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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Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Camcorder Review

 

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

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

 

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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Sony HDR-HC9

 

The tape-based HDV camcorder is an increasingly rare beast. Despite delivering arguably the best image quality of any video format, it has been all bu...

Superb 1080i image quality, loads of manual features, reliable build quality, intuitive user interface

Not much has changed since last generation's HDR-HC7

If you prefer the familiarity and reliability of HDV tape, the Sony HDR-HC9 is one of the best (and only) options on the market. Sticklers for value may want to check out Canon’s HV30 though — it's every bit as good, yet cheaper.

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Sony HDR-HC9E HDV Camcorder

 

Sony's HDR-HC9E camcorder remains loyal to the tape-based HDV format, so how does it stack up against the competition?

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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