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Sony Handycam DCR HC48

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC48. 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 zoom and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the battery. Some have doubts about the color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC48 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC48

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC48 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the size.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC48 1MP MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Handycam Station Included)Sony DCR-HC48 1MP MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Handycam Station Included)

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: John Neely (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC48 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony introduced a revamped trio of MiniDV camcorders at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the DCR-HC48. Replacing last year's DCR-HC46, it will be placed just under the DCR-HC96, which is being carried over from last year to...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: John Neely (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC48

 

The Sony DCR-HC48 utilizes a 1/6" Advanced HAD CCD Imager featuring 1070K gross pixels, 670K effective pixels 16:9 video mode, and 690K effective pixels in 4:3 video mode. While the pixel count is identical to last year's DCR-HC46, that camcorder's CCD...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony Handycam DCR HC48

 

As the top of this Sony series of miniDV camcorders, this is the camcorder to buy from Sony if you want to take still pictures as well as video. The other two mini DV camcorders do not have still photo capability. The Sony Handycam DCR HC48 offers a...

Like all Sony products, the Handycam DCR HC48 offers proprietary technology. Sony's Super Nightshot Plus Infrared may sound like a feature built for kids playing war games, but consumers agree it improves the performance at night. Better low light...

Consumer review by: binoy_tvm (epinions.com)

GOOD BUY-NO COLOUR ISSUES

 

Well have been on the lookout for my first camcoder for a while.Main concern was my 400$ cut off, so had a look at most of the camcoders in that range. To start - i was undecided on the format- miniDV versus DVD, but looking at the products in the ...

great EASY mode,25X optical zoom, crisp outdoors

docking station, no firewire cable supplied, poor software

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: binoy_tvm (epinions.com)

GOOD BUY-NO COLOUR ISSUES

 

great EASY mode,25X optical zoom, crisp outdoors

docking station, no firewire cable supplied, poor software

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: jerebaldo1 (epinions.com)

Buyer Beware! Terrible blueshifted image. Worse than it's predecessors

 

My goodness, I had my Sony dcr-hc30, a 2004 midrange handycam stolen from me recently. I figure I could get a decently upgraded version of what I had by going for the dcr-hc48. I was sorely mistaken. This camera's color balancing favors blue so much ...

Almost lossless widescreen functionality, compact size, excellent sound quality that handycams are known for

Auto white balance plain doesn't work

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: jerebaldo1 (epinions.com)

Buyer Beware! Terrible blueshifted image. Worse than it's predecessors

 

Almost lossless widescreen functionality, compact size, excellent sound quality that handycams are known for.

Auto white balance plain doesn't work.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: greenacreslabs (epinions.com)

Sony Camcorder Nightmare

 

Fits in the palm of your hand.

Low light areas. Bad Instructions. You need more than one battery.

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: Yes
Sound:Stereo

Configuration

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

Connections

Firewire in (IEEE 1394): Yes
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): Yes
Headphone Jack: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes

Connectivity

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

Display

Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Flash

Internal flash/video light: No

General Features

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

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:0.67 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:1152x864 pixels pixels
Total MegaPixels:1.07 Megapixels

Lens/Zoom

Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F3.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Filter Size:30.0 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):41-1189 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):2.5-62 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:25 x
Shutter speeds:1/2-1/4000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Indoor, One push, Outdoor, Manual

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):85x63x115 mm
Weight:465 grams

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechrageable

Recording

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

Related

Miscellaneous:PictBridge Compatible

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/6 inch
Sensor Type:CCD

Settings

Exposure Control:Manual

Storage

Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0.0 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes

Video

HDV Recording: No
Recording Format:Mini DV
Recording System:NTSC

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:123000 pixels