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Sony DCR-HC42

alaTest has collected and analyzed 628 reviews of Sony DCR-HC42. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good views, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC42 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC42

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC42 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC42E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD] (discontinued by manufacturer)Sony DCR-HC42E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD] (discontinued by manufacturer)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC42

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 437 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC42 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability also get good reviews. The viewfinder and reliability get critical comments, while reviews are divided on the design.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony DCR-SR42 Handycam camcorder

 

When you're recording a special occasion, keeping things simple is the safest way to go. Just point, press a button and let the camcorder do the rest. That's the approach championed by the Sony DCR-SR42 Handycam camcorder (available for around £300...

Though the Sony DCR-SR42 may seem pricey, its powerful telephoto lens and simple operation make it attractive for informal videography.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR42

 

Small and attractive design, 30GB hard drive, very user-friendly, 40x optical zoom

Only 0.68 megapixels, camera is too light, poor stills mode

If you are willing to forgive the sub par visuals, the DCR-SR42E is a pretty decent camera; especially for inexperienced users. However, there are plenty of similarly priced non-HDD cameras on the market that will give you a superior performance.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-HC42

 

High quality video, compact size

Fuzzy still images

A lightweight camera that's got the goods.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCRHC42

 

Although the Sony DCRHC42 is a lightweight in both price and heft, it's far from lightweight in quality. The DCRHC42 produced great-looking video in o...

High quality video, compact size

Fuzzy still images

A lightweight camera that's got the goods.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Drive Digital Camcorder (0.68MP, 40x Opt, 2000x Dig, 2.7

 

When you're recording a special occasion, keeping things simple is the safest way to go: Just point, press a button, and let the camcorder do the rest. That's the approach championed by Sony's DCR-SR42 Handycam ($540 as of April 24, 2007), which...

Powerful zoom ; Touch screen eases menu navigation

Lacks white balance calibration ; Low-quality still images

May, 2007

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 review: Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

Compact and lightweight; large storage capacity; bundled dock; built-in lens cover.

Mediocre video and still photo quality; no wind filter; small, fingerprint-magnet touch screen LCD; software free for Windows but $100 for Mac.

Given its mediocre video quality, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 seems overpriced for what it delivers.

May, 2007

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

PCWorld.com - Sony DCR-HC42 MiniDV Handycam

 

Although the Sony DCR-HC42 is a lightweight in both price and heft, it's far from lightweight in quality. In our tests, we rated the $560 DCR-HC42 ...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC42

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Active Interface Shoe (hot shoe) ; 2.7-inch widescreen LCD

Image stabilization is electronic, not optical ; No manual controls ; Dock required for video transfer ; Images have purple fringing ; Poor low light performance

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

Given its mediocre video quality, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 seems overpriced for what it delivers.

Compact and lightweight ; Large storage capacity ; Bundled dock ; Built-in lens cover

Mediocre video and still photo quality ; No wind filter ; Small, fingerprint-magnet touch screen LCD ; Software free for Windows but costs extra for Mac

The Handycam DCR-SR42 exemplifies, for the moment, that there are still no bargains to be had in hard-disk-based camcorders -- unless you really don't care about the video quality. If you want a decent hard-disk model, you've got to pay a little more....

May, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-SR42 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-SR42 is Sony's entry-level hard disk drive (HDD) camcorder. Retailing for $549, the camcorder clearly demonstrates the pricing stratification in the market. Of the three leading standard definition formats, HDD camcorders are almost always the...

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

One step ahead, the DCR-HC42E Compact DV camcorder from Sony uses the full width of a 1megapixel CCD to always capture and playback your images in true 16: 9 widescreen. A high picture quality for both movies and still images are guaranteed and true 16: 9 movies can be played back to the full on a home theater system. Your camcorder is always ready to shoot and playback. The Handycam Station is a powered cradle for the DCR-HC42E that features an i.LINK connection for digital video editing on a PC or to copy footage to a DVD recorder, as well as USB for Web streaming purposes. Multi AV (Analog, S-Video and Audio) is also featured for dubbing to analog tape, as well as playing back movies or still images on a TV. Throughout connection, the camcorder's "infoLITHIUM" battery is powering up, ensuring that the docked Handycam is charged and ready to be picked up and used at any time. The DCR-HC42E Handycam provides true 16: 9 widescreen recording, taking advantage of the full width of the 1Megapixel CCD, results in a wider angle of view than 4: 3 methods. This is ideal for playback on today's popular widescreen TVs and for widescreen playback on the camera itself the camcorders also feature a 2.7-inch Wide Hybrid LCD monitor that ensures that a bright, clear picture can be viewed anywhere, even at high contrast locations. Start and stop record controls and a secondary Zoom button are conveniently placed on the Wide LCD frame for quick access when viewing the subject on the display or for during difficult shooting situations, even when you are holding the camera above your head. The DCR-HC42E features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, with a 12x Optical Zoom capability and a filter diameter of 25mm. This ensures that your footage will be of pin-sharp quality, even when you are zooming in from a significant distance, while the sizable lens guarantees a bright picture.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2cm
Height:9cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:5.5cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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

General Features

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC42/HC42E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

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:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:480
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor