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Sony DCR-HC 24 E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews of Sony DCR-HC 24 E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the color and zoom are mixed. Some have doubts about the memory and control panel.

usability, price, portability, size, image quality

control panel, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC 24 E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC 24 E from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the durability and size are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the image quality.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC24E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom]Sony DCR-HC24E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom]

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Rob (

Sony DCR-HC24


Very light compact camcorder. Touch sensitive screen / menus are excellent. Picture and sound great

Software to copy tape to pc is very complicated and not user friendly at all

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: thomas (

Sony DCR-HC24


easy to handle,and carry around

trying to get the recordings to download onto my computer using the information that came with the camera

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-HC24


easy to get along with

capturing video to disk is extremely difficult

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: Jeannie (

Sony DCR-HC24


it is good because it 's compaced& so easy to use and very reliable

Accessories are too expensive to buy and difficult to locate

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: Louise-n-s (

Hitachi DZ-BX35E: Want a simple to use camcorder? This is a good first one to ...


I am not particularly good with techie things, but I found my camcorder pretty easy to use straight away. Have been using this for a couple of years now and have yet to try and load any of my dvds onto the computer (they are small ones!) but its on my...

E A S Y to use

Have to format disks in advance unless you are near a power socket and have the correct cable

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Jazzy09 (

Canon DC 310 - Worth taking a snap at?


I must admit when I first got this camcorder I didn't know where anything was or how to use it properly and took me a few days to get up to scratch. This camcorder is able to record DVD-R discs and can also rewrite DVD's too meaning you can record over...

Great videos and pictures can be taken with this device

Says easy to operate but there are lots of settings and can be hard to find a setting

May, 2009

Consumer review by: xjenniex2008 (

Panasonic DVD VDR-D50: Fab!


We bought this camcorder about 4 months ago, as we had a little girl back in december and didnt want to regret not recording her to watch back when she is older. first off, its a fantastic size - it even fits in our old digital camera case - It looks...

Small, sleek easy to use


Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: ButterBear (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD92: Never lose a moment.


I'm one of those parents every child hates. If there's a special event or occasion the camera comes out and I'm snapping away, imagine then how much worse I am with a Handy cam! When I found out I was expecting my 2nd child I decided to invest in a...

Moving picture and still picture modes. Straight to dvd

Surface is prone to scratches

May, 2007

Consumer review by: gnipping (

Canon XL2: Go PRO for less


The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

May, 2007

Consumer review by: eiley123 (

JVC GR-D23EK: A great little camera till disaster struck


I purchased this digital video camera for Christmas 2004 for my husband.It came in at £249 . He wanted something easy to use, lightweight and with good quality recording. He had only previously used one of the old, huge , non-digital recorders. It...

Lightweight, good clarity of sound and pictures,small,easy to use,well known make

Not the cheapest,poor customer care

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

In addition to being equipped with a 2.5" LCD monitor, 800k pixel CCD and 20x Optical Zoom, the DCR-HC24E features high quality Sony Handycam technology. It is incredibly easy to use thanks to a large Touch panel on the camcorder's LCD screen, allowing you to easily select the filming mode of your choice and even view the remaining battery levels. In addition, Sony has thoughtfully added Start/Stop and Zoom buttons on the frame of the LCD screen itself so that you don't have to take your eye off the action or obstruct the screen to operate these functions.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):N

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
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 / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon/Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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 Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Monotone
I/O ports:Audio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo Out.\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.9