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Sony DCR PC 103

Sony DCR PC 103
alaScore 76

33 reviews

Mar, 2019

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Sony DCR PC 103. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR PC 103 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Sony Handycam DCR-PC103: Sony Handycam, Handy Ain't It?


Introduction* My Dad bought this Sony Handycam a while ago now. It has come in very handy for a number of things, everything from recording family occasions to some of my school projects. We have also let friends borrow the camera to record their...

Very Small, Great Quality, Very Handy


Jul, 2004

Product Specifications

This new, ultra compact DV Handycam is called 'Pocket Compact' because of its lightweight and easy-to-handle characteristics. The DCR-PC103 has a stylish new 'vertical' design which makes it fit comfortably into the hand. Combined with a brand new blue-gray metallic finish, it will strongly appeal to the style conscious. Thanks to Megapixel technology, overall picture quality and recording resolution in 16:9 format are both dramatically improved. In addition, users can now burn to CD-R direct from the Handycam with new supplied software that links the Handycam to a PC via a USB cable. VAIO users can also connect their VAIO and Handycam via an i.LINK cable and take advantage of the Sony 'Click to DVD' software which allows them to burn directly to DVD. As consumers are more and more equipped with wide screen televisions, the latest Megapixel technology has given rise to many improvements in 16:9 recording and consumers can now record in actual 16:9 with no stretching or cutting. In 16:9 mode, the DCR-PC103 achieves a much higher image quality by reading a wider, 16:9 shaped, area of the 1.1 Megapixel CCD chip, increasing image resolution and maximizing a much wider shooting angle. All Sony 16: 9 recordings are anamorphic and allow consumers, for the first time, to make full use of their wide screen television resolution. The DCR-PC103 comes with 10x optical and 120x digital zoom lenses from Carl Zeiss plus 2.5" touchpanel with Hybrid LCD screens offering a resolution of 211,000 pixels. It includes Super SteadyShot, which enables users to shoot stabilized images and Super NightShot, allowing the shooting under dark conditions such as "0lux" with infra-red ray.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):100min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5

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 / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4.7
Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):0.146 - 1.46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions