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Sony DCR-HC46

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews of Sony DCR-HC46. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and size. The price and image quality also get good comments, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC46 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC46

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC46 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The battery and zoom are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

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76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC46 review: Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

 

Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

Small size; lightweight; easy to use.

No accessory shoe; short battery life; low-resolution still images.

Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that is worth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Within Sony’s family of consumer camcorders, the mid-range DCR-HC46 ($599.99 MSRP) is quite an improvement over its step-down siblings, the HC26 and HC36. It features better image quality in bright light, a similarly easy to use design, and refined...

Decent video performance, and very easy to use, - Great automatic controls, - Ergonomic palm-friendly design

Value does not compare favorably with competitors, - No mic input and poor manual control interface and fearture set, - In the line-up below, only the DCR-HC36 scores lower

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC46 Camcorder Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC46 is their middle-of-the-road offering for MiniDV this year. It's something of a Goldilocks camcorder – not too expensive, not too cheap. Not too skimpy on features, and certainly not too heavy on the features, either. It offers all the...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : John Neely (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC46

 

The Sony DCR-HC46 features a 1/5.5" CCD with 1.07 gross MP. The manual lists 690K effective pixels, though it does not specify what aspect ratio this refers to or whether this is with the electronic image stabilization on or off (it reduces the number...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC46 review: Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

 

Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

Small size; lightweight; easy to use.

No accessory shoe; short battery life; low-resolution still images.

Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that is worth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Which? (which.co.uk)

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Oct, 2007

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Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

 

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A Quick Review

 

A great camcorder for under $500.

None that I have found so far.

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Camcorder!

 

I am not a super user, but I am really happy with this camcorder so far. I bought it to video indoor horseback riding. So, I was concerned with low light environments. This camcorder outperformed my expectations. After reading most of the reviews on...

size, video quality, low light capability for the price

zoom is awkward and over-sensitive with the small size

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A slightly missed opportunity.

 

good image quality, acceptable lowlight shooting, ease of use. quality look and build.

lack of improvements over DCR-hc42, warranty, no accessory shoe, missing a/v in, dock.

Mar, 2006
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