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Sony DCR-HC40

Sony DCR-HC40
alaScore 78

334 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 334 reviews of Sony DCR-HC40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but opinions about the viewfinder and battery are mixed.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and portability. The size and image quality also get good feedback.

usability, image quality, size, portability, price

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC40ES Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC40ES Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC40

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC40 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC40 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Samsung SC-D6040 DuoCam

 

Good quality audio and video ; new controls on LCD panel

Some usability issues

The Sony DCR-HC40 produces good video quality for an entry-level camcorder.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC40 MiniDV Handycam

 

Good quality audio and video; new controls on LCD panel

Some usability issues

The Sony DCR-HC40 produces good video quality for an entry-level camcorder.

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Although the DCR-HC40, as the top of this year's HC line by Sony, includes an improvement in CCD size and still capabilities from its fellow camcorders, its performance is remarkably similar to the DCR-HC30, which nearly serves to render invalid any...

LCD quality, - Ease of use, - Decent low light and video quality

Zooms, - Still options, - Mediocre manual control

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC40 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sony introduced five new MiniDV camcorder's including the middle of the line DCR-HC40. The DCR-HC40 replaces last year's DCR-TRV33. At a selling price of $700, the DCR-HC40 is Sony's lowest priced Megapixel...

Feb, 2004

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

Sony DCR HC40

 

Sony DCR HC40 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC40 MiniDV Handycam gives you all the features you'd expect from a Sony camcorder in an ultra-compact design that's as beautiful as the images it captures. It features a 1.0 Megapixel Advanced HAD imaging chip and a Carl Zeiss...

Consumer review by: Mark (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-HC40E

 

Easy to take lots of photographs

Poor battery life - dim in poor light

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Unhappy Mac user

 

and it is totally incompatable with any Apple edit software. The i.LINK...

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Great First-time user purchase

 

I had this Sony DCR-HC40ES camcorder bought for me as a 50th birthday present, after doing a fair bit of research. As a first-time...

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

Not bad, but slightly flawed

 

I've had this Sony DCR-HC40ES digital camcorder for about 3 months now. The picture quality, though only on mega pixel, is good en...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: UK Guest (reviewstop.co.uk)

A magic box, minute compared to those 'bricks' of the 90's

 

The Sony DCR-HC40ES digital camcorder package, including ImageMixer software, is excellent and thoroughly recommended. Having made...

May, 2004

Product Specifications

Sony DCR-HC40E compact MiniDV Digital Handycam provides a combination of high picture quality and ease-of-use. It features a new horizontal body design and incorporates a range of enhancements including Carl Zeiss lens, NightShot Plus, Easy Handycam operation and Memory Stick Duo slot. The new model is not only compact and lightweight, but is ergonomically sound. It incorporates touch-screen technology for access to the Handycam menu system and a built-in lens cover for enhanced convenience. Among the advancements, one in particular is the new NightShot Plus system that allows for recording in darkness, while delivering more natural colors to videos. That ensures no residual images even when shooting fast moving objects. To provide beginners with a one-stop solution, the new Easy Handycam button simplifies the choice of menu features with a limited set of commands for basic operation on the LCD screen in large, easy-to-read characters. With almost all settings on automatic, learning to shoot videos is much easier. The camcorder can resume to the normal function Regular Mode, making the model perfect for both beginners and advanced users. The DCR-HC40E comes equipped with Sony's new video editing software - Picture Package - that offers an extremely easy way to create music videos on Video CDs. By connecting the Handycam with a PC via a USB or i.LINK (IEEE1394), users can modify their videos with music or special effects and burn the videos directly onto Video CDs. The DCR-HC40E offers Sony's unique Mega Pixel Engine and a 1 Mega Pixel CCD for high definition videos and excellent color reproduction with an ultra compact Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens for superior image capture. The Mega Pixel Engine uses ultra high speed signal processing to convert analog signals to digital signals at high speed, resulting in superior color reproduction. In addition to providing true 16: 9 wide screen mode by using the whole area of the Mega Pixel CCD, it also allows for direct recording in 16: 9 mode onto the tape. Users can take full advantage of the wide screen functionality to play back videos on 16: 9 screen televisions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2cm
Height:8.6cm/9.2cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:5cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.350
Display Resolution:123200

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 / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon / Super night mode/Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC40/HC40E/HC40E/S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):3.200 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB Terminal, Video In/Out\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power requirements:AC-L25

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.200
Height :9.200
Weight:400
Width:5