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Sony DCR-HC18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of Sony DCR-HC18. 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. Views about the battery and size are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good opinions, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability. There are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, portability, size, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC18 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC18 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and battery. The portability and price are also appreciated, but there are some less positive views about the reliability. Opinions are divided on the durability.

usability, price, portability, battery, size


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC18E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC18E Digital Camcorder

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam DCR-HC18E


night vision, digital,

microphone get interference from camera, user interface is difficult to use. to many cables,

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam DCR-HC18E


At the time of purchase this was a great product, but now with the advance of technology it is outdated, surpassed by DVD and smart cards

Too Old fashioned now.

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

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

Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
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

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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.2