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Sony DCR-HC22

alaTest has collected and analysed 106 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive comments about the features.

usability, portability, price, image quality, reliability


We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC22 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC22 from 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 Views about the reliability and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas comments are divided on the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, price, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC22E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]Sony DCR-HC22E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD]

May, 2017

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Brilliant, easy to use little camcorder


Having owned and used this Sony DCR-HC22 camcorder since August 05 I can thoroughly recommend it. I bought it to replace an old So...

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Excellent, easy to use Camcorder


With a baby on the way, but no experience of camcorders I was unsure which route to go with this purchase. I chose the Sony HC22E ...

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Just something to add


I have used this Sony DCR-HC22 camera on a number of different occasasions, and whilst i do not own this particular model, i am lo...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Crackin camcorder shame about the battery life.


However, the battery that it comes with onl...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Sony HandyCam DCR-HC22E Mini DV Camcorder


I have been really pleased with the Sony DCR-HC22, since buying it 2 weeks ago. It was very quick to set up and, having whizzed of...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

quite good camcorder


i bought this Sony DCR HC22 camcorder 2 weeks ago. i was pleasantly surprised by its size - it is really tiny and lightweight. ver...

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony DCR-HC22


very compact

battery life could last longer, maybe smaller

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

awesome mini-dv(DCRHC32E)


The first thing that you notice about the Sony DCR-HC22 camcorrder ,is yes as the name suggests its really small & will easily fit...

Product Specifications


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


Minimum illumination:5


Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:123200

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
Optical Zoom:20

Other features

Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Monotone
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video Out, USB, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Light exposure control:Portrait / Beach & Ski / Sports Lesson /Landscape / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV


Video formats supported:DV

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9