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Sony DCR-HC40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 320 reviews of Sony DCR-HC40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the price and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 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. Opinions about the price and portability are generally positive. The size and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, size, portability, price

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC40ES Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC40ES Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC40 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC40 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Samsung SC-D6040 DuoCam

 

Good quality audio and video ; new controls on LCD panel

Some usability issues

The Sony DCR-HC40 produces good video quality for an entry-level camcorder.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Although the DCR-HC40, as the top of this year's HC line by Sony, includes an improvement in CCD size and still capabilities from its fellow camcorders, its performance is remarkably similar to the DCR-HC30, which nearly serves to render invalid any...

LCD quality, - Ease of use, - Decent low light and video quality

Zooms, - Still options, - Mediocre manual control

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC40 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sony introduced five new MiniDV camcorder's including the middle of the line DCR-HC40. The DCR-HC40 replaces last year's DCR-TRV33. At a selling price of $700, the DCR-HC40 is Sony's lowest priced Megapixel...

Feb, 2004

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Sony DCR HC40

 

Sony DCR HC40 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC40 MiniDV Handycam gives you all the features you'd expect from a Sony camcorder in an ultra-compact design that's as beautiful as the images it captures. It features a 1.0 Megapixel Advanced HAD imaging chip and a Carl Zeiss...

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-HC30E Touch screen

 

Handy

LCD screen touch system not working

Jun, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Don't try to take this puppy to warm, moist places with lots of light

 

Works okay on Northern latitudes only - Japan, USA, Europe

Doesn't handle moisture or lots of tropical light or booming bass signals too well

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Don't try to take this puppy to warm, moist places with lots of light

 

This camera works okay if all you do is shoot family (or porn?) videos at moderate latitudes such as Japan, continental US or Europe. Its battery circuit failed twice on moist climate (once in Tahiti and once in Hawaii), rendering it unuseable for what...

Works okay on Northern latitudes only - Japan, USA, Europe

Doesn't handle moisture or lots of tropical light or booming bass signals too well

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Camcorder for the price

 

Quality video camcorder. Ability to capture still photos. Good low light capabilities. Computer friendly.

Camera must be removed from the tripod to change tapes which are only 60/80 minutes.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Camcorder for the price

 

My DCR-HC40 camcorder is about 14 months old and is still recording in good quality. I have not had the problems that some others seem to be experiencing. I recorded my grandchildren's school play and transferred it to DVD using firewire and ulead "dvd...

Quality video camcorder. Ability to capture still photos. Good low light capabilities. Computer friendly

Camera must be removed from the tripod to change tapes which are only 60/80 minutes

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Sony miniDV camcorder - HC40

 

My Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 is an upgrade for my family from a JVC SVHS video camera. My JVC was OK while it lasted, but it needed to be repaired more than once, and when my warranty expired and the same problem arose and it was to cost over $150 to fix ...

Crisp video, great sound, nice options for upgrading

The still digital photos are just OK, Sony refuses universalism

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

Sony DCR-HC40E compact MiniDV Digital Handycam provides a combination of high picture quality and ease-of-use. It features a new horizontal body design and incorporates a range of enhancements including Carl Zeiss lens, NightShot Plus, Easy Handycam operation and Memory Stick Duo slot. The new model is not only compact and lightweight, but is ergonomically sound. It incorporates touch-screen technology for access to the Handycam menu system and a built-in lens cover for enhanced convenience. Among the advancements, one in particular is the new NightShot Plus system that allows for recording in darkness, while delivering more natural colors to videos. That ensures no residual images even when shooting fast moving objects. To provide beginners with a one-stop solution, the new Easy Handycam button simplifies the choice of menu features with a limited set of commands for basic operation on the LCD screen in large, easy-to-read characters. With almost all settings on automatic, learning to shoot videos is much easier. The camcorder can resume to the normal function Regular Mode, making the model perfect for both beginners and advanced users. The DCR-HC40E comes equipped with Sony's new video editing software - Picture Package - that offers an extremely easy way to create music videos on Video CDs. By connecting the Handycam with a PC via a USB or i.LINK (IEEE1394), users can modify their videos with music or special effects and burn the videos directly onto Video CDs. The DCR-HC40E offers Sony's unique Mega Pixel Engine and a 1 Mega Pixel CCD for high definition videos and excellent color reproduction with an ultra compact Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens for superior image capture. The Mega Pixel Engine uses ultra high speed signal processing to convert analog signals to digital signals at high speed, resulting in superior color reproduction. In addition to providing true 16: 9 wide screen mode by using the whole area of the Mega Pixel CCD, it also allows for direct recording in 16: 9 mode onto the tape. Users can take full advantage of the wide screen functionality to play back videos on 16: 9 screen televisions.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FP50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.4in/3.6in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.500
Display Resolution:123200

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon / Super night mode/Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC40/HC40E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):0.126 - 1.260
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Focus:Auto / Manual
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB Terminal, Video In/Out\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power Requirements:AC-L25

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video compression format:DV
Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.409
Height:3.622
Weight:14.110
Width:1.969