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Sony DCR-HC21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews of Sony DCR-HC21. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the price and image quality are overall positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and memory. Views about the reliability and durability are different.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price

viewfinder, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 71/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC21

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC21 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. Views about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and memory, while opinions are divided on the durability.

portability, usability, price, image quality, battery

memory, connectivity

66% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The DCR-HC21 is Sony's lowest-end MiniDV camcorder this year. It has horrible low light performance, though it does well in bright light environments. It also has great automatic controls, but poor manual controls. See a pattern emerging?

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC21 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony's DCR-HC21 fills out the bottom rung of Sony's new MiniDV hierarchy this year. Released at CES early this January, The DCR-HC21 shares many specifications with last year's DCR-HC20, with a few upgrades. Most of these upgrades, however, are...

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC21

 

We assessed the DCR-HC21's color and video quality at optimal, bright light conditions of 3000 lux in a controlled testing environment. The results were similar to last year's DCR-HC20, which makes sense as the two camcorders share imager specifications

Feb, 2005

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

Sony DCR HC21

 

Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC21 from Sony gives you a full-featured, compact MiniDV camcorder at an entry-level price. Highlights include the advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the digital zoom, which focuses on distant subjects...

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (shopzilla.com)

I have yet to find a program to get my still pics off camera

 

I like the size of it. Also I like the touch screen.

How do I get the "Still" pictures off the camera?

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: LeeP (shopzilla.com)

Great Video

 
Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Good things do come in small pakages

 
Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: pisdoff (epinions.com)

Don't buy Sony

 

Great when it works.

Doesn't work for long.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: pisdoff (epinions.com)

Don't buy Sony

 

Sony camcorders have a problem that Sony refuses to acknowledge, despite overwhelming evidence from people who have bought their camcorders that this is a manufacturing defect. There are well over 10,000 incidents of the same error code on Sony ...

Great when it works

Doesn't work for long

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Aaron (reviewstream.com)

DCR-HC21 Sony Handycam

 

I purchased the sony handycam dcr-hc21 fresh from the box about a year ago for 420.00 from walmart and has worked great every time!it also comes with a program on a cd called picture package witch helps you making video's looking @ pictures….ect. the...

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

The action is never too far away with the VCL-HG2025 tele conversion lens. It features a 2.0x magnification that allows your camcorder to record subjects at a distance with striking clarity. Built from high-grade glass and aluminum, the VCL-HG2025 is designed to resist wear and deliver consistent visuals over time. It also includes a handy case and two lens covers to protect it from damage while disconnected from the camcorder.

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

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

Recording

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