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Sony DCR-PC1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the price and image quality are overall positive. The size and portability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the color and reliability, while many are less positive about the connectivity and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-PC1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the reliability. Many are critical about the battery.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC1000 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [2.8Mp, 10x, 2.7" WLCD]Sony DCR-PC1000 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [2.8Mp, 10x, 2.7" WLCD]

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-PC1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, but the memory and reliability get mixed comments. Many are negative about the color and connectivity.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD301 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD301 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Image quality


Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000

Compact design; three-chip capture; broad feature set; strong photo capabilities; smooth automatic operation.

Clumsy user interface for more advanced functions; pricey; mediocre battery life; works only with proprietary cables and accessories.

Attractive and compact, the Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000 MiniDV camera offers excellent image quality for its class and brings CMOS technology to the world of camcorders. But its overly clever user interface doesn't do its feature set justice.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


This camcorder is at the helm of the entire Sony 2005 line of MiniDV camcorders.  The PC1000 has 3 CMOS chips with 790K gross pixels.  CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) chips are an alternative to CCD chips. As head of the Sony MiniDV...

Automatic Control, -Video Performance, -Respectable Low Light Performance, -Still Performance, -Ease Of Use, -LCD, -Portability

Manual Control, -Handling, -Closed Battery Port, -Audio

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-PC1000 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-PC1000 has great potential. It uses three new CMOS sensors, never before seen in a consumer grade camcorder, and they've managed to squeeze some pretty impressive performance out of the first CMOS camcorder. The DCR-PC1000 was theoretically...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Mark Montgomery (

Sony DCR-PC1000 Mini DV Camcorder


The menu system is accessible through the 2.7" color LCD that acts as a touch panel. On the LCD is an additional record start/stop button, zoom controls and a wide select control that swaps the aspect ratio between 16:9 and 4:3. The wider 16:9 mode...

Sharp Image Sharp Design Camera Control Dial

FireWire on Dock Only Mic Input ul&g

The details in our test footage were also very pleasing to the eye. The CMOS sensors certainly add a more polished look to the overall contrast of the images. We played back the footage a second time without the color from the image to see just how...

Sep, 2006

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Stuff magazine


Uses MiniDV, has a three CMOS sensor and an electronic image stabilisation system. But is the vertical form a winner?

This 2.8MP Sony offering gives solid stills, but images are not as glorious as you'd expect for the brassy price

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Wolf (

Sony Handycam DCR-PC1000


A compact three-chip MiniDV camera that combines advanced features with point-and-shoot design.

Compact design ; Three-chip capture ; Broad feature set ; Strong photo capabilities ; Smooth automatic operation

Clumsy user interface for more advanced functions ; Pricey ; Mediocre battery life; works only with proprietary cables and accessories

Although the DCR-PC1000 provides electronic image stabilization instead of an optical system, it effectively eliminated shake without noticeably degrading the image.

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

$$$Sony Handycam DCR PC1000 use experience


1.The semblance, PC1000 first has broken high-end DV is the horizontal-type modelling tradition, has used the vertical design, the complete machine material quality for the high quality plastic and the metal mix, the metal and plastic mix calling seeks...

High quality ten time of optics zoom lens

The overall picture is a little soft

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (



The Sony D C R-PC1000 is the apparent prototype to the design of the S D R-S100. The bodies are almost identical, from the snub-nose look to the built-in lens cap to the wide screen LCD as the sole viewing device. Panasonic has definitely improved on...

good for buying


Apr, 2009

Consumer review (

Perfect for video artists, excellent, reliable, hi-quality


I'll get straight to the point. There's enough manual controls and settings to get original, white-balanced, well exposed, filmic smooth footage from this very compact camera. I use the custom shutter speed of 25fps to get that film look while...

solid and compact, tough metal body. Feature reach, manual controls. Selective shutter speeds. Quality mic

Can't selectively turn off LCD icons.No assignable physical dials/buttons

Jun, 2005

Consumer review (

A Beautiful, tiny Camera


No lens cap Excellent video & picture qualityEnormous amount of camera/menu options

Short battery-life Don't like LCD-screen touch controls Zoom control a bit clunky

May, 2005

Product Specifications

With high performance video recording and a fresh new body design, the DCR-PC1000 MiniDV Handycam camcorder takes form and function to a new level. The CMOS imaging sensor provide superior detail and clarity in both video and still image recording. The 2.7 Megapixel digital still memory mode captures high-resolution still images perfect for prints. The SteadyShot picture stabilization system provide smooth video recording for the best possible picture. The DCR-PC1000 camcorder's sleek and compact body comes fully-loaded with features to help you manage your video recording. The 2.7" Hybrid LCD display provides high-resolution images for excellent viewing clarity. An assignable manual dial is built into the lens of the camera, so you can easily customize the focus and the exposure of the camcorder. The Cinematic mode creates a 24 frame film-like effect to your recordings.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:Rechargeable
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FA50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:None/Pop-up flash


Color of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123200

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick/Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB/4MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.67
Optical sensor resolution:790.000
Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:2.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.109 - 1.09
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2/F/1.8-2.4
Max Focal Length:27.7mm/33mm
Min Focal Length:2.77mm/3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/670Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/790Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )/6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD/3CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Additional accessories:docking station
Cable type:A/V, USB
Compatible operating systems:MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 or later / MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 ~
Fader:Wipe, overlap, white, random, monotone, mosaic, black
Flash:Pop-up, auto mode
Flash memory:16
Horizontal resolution:530
I/O ports:1 x composite video/audio (input/output) \n1 x S-Video input / output \n1 x USB \n1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) \n1 x DC power input \n1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo\n / Audio In\nAudio Out\nUSB\nVideo In\nVideo Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Recording speed:SP, LP

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Package

Ports & interfaces

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/500 - 1/2


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Overlap fader/Black fader / Monotone 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/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Cinema / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Motion Effect / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail/Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions