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Sony Handycam DCR HC45E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC45E. 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. Comments about the price and portability are generally positive. The zoom and size also get good opinions, whereas many are less positive about the image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC45E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC45E from 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 Reviews about the price and portability are generally positive. The image quality and zoom are also mentioned favorably.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC45 Handycam Mini Dv Camcorder with 2.5'' LCD screenSony DCR-HC45 Handycam Mini Dv Camcorder with 2.5'' LCD screen

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Wood-Myster (

Sony Handycam DCR-HC45E: The perfect family camcorder


The Sony Handycam DCR-HC45 is a really good, small handheld video camera that produces some really good video. The camera comes packed with loads of fantastic features, however be warned if you plan to take a lot of video or upload to you computer you...

Really quick to charge and produces good quality video

The tapes and compuet software cost an awful lot

Jun, 2009

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: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens; 800, 000 pixels Advanced HAD CCD; 40x Optical Zoom / 2000x Digital Zoom; STAMINA up to 14 hours 50 minutes (with optional battery); Handycam Station.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


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 / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset & Moon / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):1.9 - 76
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-4.1
Max Focal Length:76mm
Min Focal Length:1.9mm
Optical Zoom:40
Optical Zoom:40
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:Audio Out\nVideo Out\nUSB\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

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:2000
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 :8.5