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Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 reviews of Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the battery and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. The finish and durability get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC27 / HC27E from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and battery. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the zoom. There are some less positive reviews about the durability.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC27 Handycam Mini DV CamcorderSony DCR-HC27 Handycam Mini DV Camcorder

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: staff (

Sony DCR-HC27 review


Sony continues its High Definition Video push

Outstanding features ; Excellent picture in HDV mode ; Decent value for money

Manual roller-wheel action could be better

An attractive all-round video performer that can do no wrong in converting video-makers to the virtues of high-definition shooting

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: (

Sony DCR-HC27


It's been a fair old while since we've seen a budget Sony camcorder. Despite the outstanding UX1 and the even more remarkable SR1, Sony, like its leading rivals, is still keen to present a line-up of budget mini DV camcorders

Remarkably revealing and a wide dynamic range, Impressive bass extension, Lovely rubberised front baffle, Convenient, Decent sound, Upgradeable cartridge and arm lead, Ideal for beginners, Easy to set up and use, Outstanding features, Excellent picture...

Vinyl finish won't be to all tastes, Not the most dynamic, Upgradeability limited by the onboard phono stage, Wind-up radio better in theory than in practice, Manual roller-wheel action could be better

An attractive all-round video performer that can do no wrong in converting video-makers to the virtues of high-definition shooting

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Bev (

Sony DCR-HC27


size and weight ; Very easy to use

Had to keep selecting snow conditions. Would have been good if it stayed there until I removed it

Jan, 2008

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. PRODUCT FEATURES: 800, 000 pixels Advanced HAD CCD; Carl Zeiss Lens; 20x Optical Zoom / 800x Digital Zoom; STAMINA up to 14 hours 50 minutes (with optional battery); 2.5" LCD screen with touch panel.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP30


Minimum illumination:5

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44 - 880
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
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:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Fader:Black / White / Mosaic / Monotone
I/O ports:USB\nVideo Out\nAudio Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power consumption (typical):2.1

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.9