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Sony DCR-HC22

We have collected and analyzed 2 expert reviews and 110 user reviews from international sources. Users rate it 90/100. The average review date is May 17, 2006. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 77/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 17, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC22 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC22E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]Sony DCR-HC22E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]

Dec, 2018

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Reliable and quite simple to operate. Easy to switch between record and review.

Transfering images from the digit tape to a PC. Out of date technology. Although it still films great quality video Sony have not kept up with the latest PC operating systems so you have to use a PC running Windows XP. Nowadays everyone want to...

Nov, 2011

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Good LCD touch screen. Easy to use.

The Picture Package software disc that comes with the model is not compatible with Vista or W 7. You need XP or less to be able to download video using a USB connection or a firewire cable. The USB connection is not recognised on the newer Operating...

Jul, 2011

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the fingertip controls the sharpness of the image I love the way it fits perfectly in my hand

seeing black and white through the view finder is not on. Why?

Dec, 2009

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Really easy to use video camera

Hav,nt used enough yet to give a proper answer

May, 2006

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love it!

Mar, 2006

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Ease of use Size and weight

Low light image quality only mediocre "Night Shot" capability range limited

Feb, 2006

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very compact

battery life could last longer, maybe smaller

Feb, 2006

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Brilliant, easy to use little camcorder


Having owned and used this Sony DCR-HC22 camcorder since August 05 I can thoroughly recommend it. I bought it to replace an old So...

Feb, 2006

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the camcorder is a sophisticated and very advanced piece of equipment but the programing and setup of its functions make it as simple to use as a car steering wheel. its also fairly durable for a camcorder...

when dropped onto concrete... it takes on crystal qualities

Dec, 2005

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The touch screen is incredibly handy and easy to use. Auto-focus is faultless. An excellent camcorder.

Standard battery is okay. A second battery is a must have.

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Minimum illumination:5


Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123200

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter size:0.984
Focal length range (f-f):0.0906 - 1.81
Optical Zoom:20

Other Features

Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Monotone
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video Out, USB, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Light exposure control:Portrait / Beach & Ski / Sports Lesson /Landscape / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV


Video compression format:DV
Video formats supported:DV

Weight & Dimensions