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Sony DCR-HC44

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Sony DCR-HC44. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The zoom and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the durability.

usability, price, zoom, portability, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC44 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC44 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the image quality and portability are overall positive. The zoom and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, price, zoom, portability, image quality

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [12x optical zoom]Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [12x optical zoom]

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Great Beginners Camcorder...


For a Camcorder Newbie the Sony DCR-HC44 Handycam digital camcorder is an ideal starting point. Easy to use with the option of ta...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: Anthony (

Sony DCR-HC44E


Very handy and easy to use

Not so easy to transfer from tape to computer harddisk

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

A very good easy to use Camcorder...especially for a beginne


We were in a hurry to purchase a Camcorder at the very last minute---a day before our holiday and to be honest I wanted to purchas...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

The DCR-HC44E features a 1 Megapixel CCD for 16:9 recording and playback and the capture of still images. In addition, it also features a Sony Memory Stick Duo Slot for the easy transfer and storage of images. The inclusion of a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens ensures excellent quality pictures with true to life, beautiful colors. The DCR-HC44E has a 12x Optical Zoom to ensure the highest quality is maintained during zooming and close focusing. Additionally, this model is also equipped with a large and bright 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD Monitor to make framing and viewing an easy and exciting experience so you can feel part of the action.


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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom (max):Y

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200

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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 36
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix/1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
I/O ports:Audio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG1

Video Input

Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.9