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Sony Handycam DCR HC28

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC28. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas the zoom and reliability get less positive opinions.

usability, price, portability, image quality, battery

reliability, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC28 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC28


alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC28 from 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 People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the reliability.

price, usability, portability, image quality, battery


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

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Great video camera


Couldn't be happier with my decision to purchase this Sony camcorder. The touch screen menu on the LCD is really neat and eliminates buttons on the machine. Great picture quality and sound. For the price, this is a great deal.

Extremely compact size (fits great in the hand), very nice picture quality even in low light situations, touch screen menu on the LCD

Battery life isn't the greatest, but it never has been on camcorders. A good idea to have a 2nd battery and keep it charged if you'll be doing a lot of filming in one day (kids baseball games, etc)

Jul, 2007

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Sony Handycam works just fine ”


I realize everyone is in to the digital format these days, but I have had so much luck with this little guy, I'm not ready for the switch. I can transfer te taped movies to any format I want, Long battery life, and quality of movies is great. you don't...

Mar, 2011

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Great Product - Easy to use


Great Product - Easy to use

Feb, 2010

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Good camera, good value


The Sony Handycam DCR-HC28 is a very good camcorder.  It is easy to use, has touch screen, uses mini DV tapes, shoots stills and movies, has slot for memory stick pro duo, and works well.

touch screen, night vision, easy to use

only average movie quality

Oct, 2009

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Tough and Brilliant


I got this cam last year for an overseas trip to India. I went there during the monsoons (very hot and very hunid). I needed a cam to be able to withstand a lot of abuse, easy to carry around in my pocket and yet deliver quality. after doing research i...

tough and has great features

dont think you can find too many out there anymore

Nov, 2008

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Good value for the money easy to use and to carry all the time ”

Nov, 2008

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this sony mini digital camcorder is the best


this sony mini digital camcorder is the best

Jul, 2008

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this sony mini digital camcorder is the best ”

Jul, 2008

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this sony mini digital camcorder is the best

Jul, 2008

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pretty good


The only problem was the usb cable. It didn't come with the set but other than that it's great!

Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile

Poor Sound

May, 2008

Product Specifications

Easy to use and enjoy, the DCR-HC28 MiniDV Handycam camcorder comes equipped with everything you need to capture exceptional video. Zoom in on the action with the 20x optical/800x digital zoom while remaining in the director's chair with its easy-to-use controls and 2.5" touch panel LCD monitor. A Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens makes sure everything stays in focus. Minimizing blur and camera shake is simple with built-in Super SteadyShot image stabilization and you'll be able to keep all your video bright with Night Shot Plus technology. The DCR-HC28 gives you everything you need to capture vivid video every time.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD