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Sony DCR-HC1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Sony DCR-HC1000. 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. Reviewers really like the size and color. The price and image quality also get good feedback. Views are divided on the portability. Many are negative about the viewfinder and design.

usability, image quality, price, color, size

battery, design, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC1000

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC1000 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Views about the reliability and image quality are overall positive. The durability and color are also appreciated. Many are critical about the size and design.

usability, color, durability, image quality, reliability

portability, design, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC1000E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC1000E Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC1000

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC1000 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the color and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, image quality, portability, color

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC1000 3-CCD MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC1000 3-CCD MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Morris (computervideo.net)

Sony DCR-HC1000 test and review

 

Can Sony's new sub-£1,000 three-chipper live up to the hugely popular DCR-TRV950 it replaces?

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Laurence Grayson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-HC1000E

 

The new DCR-HC1000E camcorder replaced Sony's previous mid-range MiniDV model, the DCRTRV950E. It has the majority of its predecessor's features, but ...

Small, easy to use, good automatic performance

High levels of image noise in badly lit areas, weak internal microphone

Ideal for wealthy consumers who favour simple operation and high-quality automatic performance.

Dec, 2004

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

Sony Handycam DCR-HC1000

 

The DCR-HC1000 is made to appeal to video enthusiasts who want high-quality images and a degree of manual control but don't need a lot of pro-oriented features.

Outlook: Panasonic's recently announced PV-GS400 will be the main competition for this camcorder. At AU$3,299, the Sony DCR-HC1000 is the more expensive option. We're looking forward to finding out whether it's worth the slightly higher price.

Jan, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-HC1000 was something of a disappointment this year. It entered the market at a substantially higher price than the PV-GS400, its biggest competitor, and frankly, didn't measure up. While the camcorder's video and low light performance were...

Spot metering, Spot Focusing, - Video and Low light performance, - Image Stabilization, - Color hue and sharpness control

Handling, - Touch screen, - Manual control options (no iris reading)

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC1000 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At a potential price of $1700.00, the DCR-HC1000 is a new contender in the 3 CCD consumer market. While it offers many new features, it is hard to imagine the HC1000 gaining a hold of the market at such a price. However, on its own terms, the HC1000...

Jul, 2004

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

Sony DCR HC1000

 

Sony DCR HC1000 3-CCD is a Mini DV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 12x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC1000 MiniDV Handycam camcorder provides outstanding digital video time after time. It features an amazingly compact design and a multi-angle grip that, when combined with Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system and 2.5" Hybrid...

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"Good all rounder "

 

Quality images ; Manual controls ; Affordable ; Topside tape eject

LCD controls ; Internal batt housing ; Viewfinder does not extend

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC1000

 

Quality images

LCD controls

Oct, 2004

Consumer review by: Anonymous (cnet.com.au)

"Great camera to hold"

 
Oct, 2004

Consumer review by: Aimee Baldridge, CNET.com (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC1000

 

sony handycam dcr-hc1000 review: The DCR-HC1000 is made to appeal to video enthusiasts who want high-quality images and a degree of manual control but don't need a lot of pro-oriented features.

Great on automatic for corporate video - downconverting HDV to DV and then to web format via a compression utilty. I use Sorenson Squeeze to compress to Flash video. Online videos retains great clarity and detail with small file sizes for progessive...

Bulky and fairly heavy. ND1 or ND2 filters will kick in when in full auto - can create a continuity problem. Camera doesnt come with ILink (for transferring video to PC) and the included battery runs about 2 hrs.

For the price, the best HD camera currently available.

Jan, 2004
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Product Specifications

With a 3 chip Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) system, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T optics and a progressive shutter, the DCR-HC1000 series MiniDV Handycam camcorder provides outstanding digital video time after time. It features an amazingly compact design and a multi-angle grip that, when combined with Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system and 2.5" Hybrid SwivelScreen touch panel LCD display, makes videotaping a snap. Other features include an 1152 x 864 resolution digital still image capture when you use Memory Stick Duo media, 12x optical zoom with up to 150x digital zoom, and Analog to Digital conversion with pass-through so you can easily convert your old analog video to digital. The DCR-HC1000 series even records 4 channel surround sound audio when combined with the ECM-CQP1 microphone (available separately).

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):135min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.8cm
Height:7.8cm
Weight:0.8kg
Width:10.1cm

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:Night mode / Super night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC1000/HC1000E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:43.2mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:12
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:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:150
Faders:Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Stripe / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Slim / Still / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic