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Sony DCR HC 30E

Sony DCR HC 30E
alaScore 74

237 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and size. The portability and image quality also get good opinions.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR HC 30E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR HC 30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the price and memory are on the whole positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the size.

usability, portability, design, memory, price

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC30ES Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC30ES Digital Camcorder

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR HC 30E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 user reviews of Sony DCR HC 30E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the price and zoom are generally positive. The size and portability also get good feedback, but views are divided on the usability.

image quality, portability, size, zoom, price

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC30 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC30 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Aimee Baldridge (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC30

 

A good budget MiniDV camcorder with a very compact design.

Extremely compact and lightweight ; Good ergonomics ; Decent video quality ; Accessory shoe

Inconvenient touch-screen controls ; Bottom-loading tape ; No wind filter for microphone ; Short battery life from included cell

Jan, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC30 was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2004. It includes a smaller CCD than its predecessor, the DCR-TRV19, which seems to reflect a trend in the industry toward optimized space without the expected loss of low light...

Analog to Digital passthrough, - Memory Stick media, - Low light performance

Still resolution, - CCD size, - No headphone jack, - Mediocre manual control

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC30 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show Sony introduced five new MiniDV models including the DCR-HC30. The DCR-HC30 is the second model up from the entry level DCR-HC20. The DCR-HC30 has a selling price of $600, and adds still features over the DCR-HC20....

Feb, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR HC30

 

Sony DCR HC30 is a Mini DV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC30 is the MiniDV Handycam Camcorder that doubles as a digital camera. It features a compact Memory Stick DUO slot which allows 640 x 480 resolution digital still image capture, which is perfect for e-mail or printing. It also includes a...

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Great Product - Bad Customer Service

 

Great Product

Worst Customer Service

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: BalaSubramanian (viewpoints.com)

very good camcorder!!! ”

 

Other features I really like that are not usually talked about are the night shot mode and the still camera ability. Night shot gives it that Desert Storm night vision look. Maybe it is just a novelty with no real practical use, but a really cool...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: mrls (viewpoints.com)

sony -DCR-HC30 is so easy and handy to have cherish memories. ”

 

sony handy cam is very easy to operate and carry to special occasions,events and places . its been more than a year now that i got this handycam for myself and so far i havent experiences any difficulties with this be it in operating or maintaing its...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Ivey0301 (viewpoints.com)

Great for capturing those everyday memories ”

 

After reviewing a lot of different models and brands, we decided on this Sony DCR-HC30 camcorder.  We just had our first child and wanted to be able to record all those everyday memories while she was young.  Growing up, both my husband and I did not...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: lingaz (productreview.com.au)

Good

 

Light and compact. This video camera captures all your great moments with professional quality. I'd recommend to anyone who does not want to invest in an HDD or DVD video camera just yet.

Very reliable. This unit has been through my travels through Europe and beyond and it has never failed me. I managed to get it at a good price and it came with a bag and extra battery - extremely handy if you do extensive filming without a powerpoint...

The head gets dirty quite often so it is best to invest in a head cleaner and have one on hand before you head off filming.

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: raysavoy (viewpoints.com)

give it a 95 % rating ”

 

had it for three months and a very good job. used for a wedding and was pleased with results. used also at halloween and again it performed in a dim light setting my sister was impressed with the quality of the picture and asked where i got it.

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Sony DCR-HC30/E compact MiniDV Digital Handycam provides a combination of high picture quality and ease-of-use. The new series 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 camcorders can resume to the normal function Regular Mode, making the models perfect for both beginners and advanced users. The DCR-HC30/E 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-HC30/E features a Memory Stick Duo slot for still image and MPEG1 movie capture. Its active 3D-menu system uses bit-map technology to enhance animation and special effects.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:InfoLithium / NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2cm
Height:8.6cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:5cm

Display

Display:Hybrid LCD / LCD
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 / 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:HC30/HC30E/HC30E/S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68 / 0.8 / 6.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 23
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Flash memory:8
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 / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power requirements:AC-L25
Resolution:640 x 480
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DV port: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/3500

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
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 / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.2 / 8.6
Height :11.2 / 8.6
Weight:380
Width:5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes