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Sony DCR-HC96

alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 reviews of Sony DCR-HC96. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC96 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC96

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC96 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the zoom and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the color and design. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, zoom

battery, reliability, durability, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam Mini DV camcorder [ Carl Zeiss T* lens, 10 x optical, 3 Megapixel, DV-in]Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam Mini DV camcorder [ Carl Zeiss T* lens, 10 x optical, 3 Megapixel, DV-in]

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC96

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC96 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. Reviews about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative comments about the memory. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, size, reliability

memory

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV 3.3MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV 3.3MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Galbraith (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony DCR-HC96Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam

 

The £360 inc VAT Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam, Sony's high-end MiniDV camcorder, offers step-up features such as a higher-capacity battery, a charging dock and the ability to capture higher-resolution video than can other HC series models.

The Sony DCR-HC96 performs well and provides impressive still-image quality. Nice features such as a touchscreen LCD and an accessory shoe make it more attractive, but camcorders with better low-light video quality are available for less.

Jun, 2007

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Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony DCR-HC96E review

 

The fairly large DCR-HC96E comes with a docking station with USB and FireWire ports, as well as pass-through connectors for power and AV.

Sony's most expensive consumer MiniDV camcorder comes with a wide range of features, and shoots high-quality video and decent stills.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony DCR-HC96 DV Camcorder

 

Good sturdy build and handling with tape top-loading, ergonomic design, LCD on-frame controls, full DV and AV input connectivity (incl. S-Video). Large CCD produces nice images, decent 16:9 widescreen

It's a pity there's no microphone input or headphone output. The omission of both takes the edge off what could be a great starter DV camcorder.

Despite what we've said about external mic and headphone output (which many users might not be bothered with anyhow) the DCR-HC96 is undoubtedly a great starter cam that's ideal for newbies and, of course, attractively priced.

Expert review by: James Galbraith (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder

 

The DCR-HC96 ($650 as of May 11, 2007), Sony's high-end MiniDV camcorder, offers step-up features like a higher-capacity battery, a charging dock, and the ability to capture higher-resolution video than other HC series models can. Though it scored...

Wide-screen LCD touch screen ; Very good standard-light video quality

Mediocre low-light performance ; Dock required for file transfers

May, 2007

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 review:

 

Sharp, colorful video; compact size; decent photo quality.

Poor battery life; cumbersome menus poorly matched with the small touch-screen LCD.

Excellent video quality, a broad feature set, and decent photos make the Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 an excellent choice for those seeking a compact MiniDV camcorder. Navigating the small touch screen may encourage you to stick with its automatic features,...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 

Excellent video quality, a broad feature set, and decent photos make the Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 an excellent choice for those seeking a compact MiniDV camcorder. Navigating the small touch screen may encourage you to stick with its automatic features,...

Sharp, colourful video ; Compact size ; Decent photo quality

Poor battery life ; Cumbersome menus poorly matched with the small touch-screen LCD

Photo quality is also better than a camcorder typically produces. The DCR-HC96's 3-megapixel images look sharp and detailed, with accurate colour reproduction and a low level of noise. However, the images are somewhat soft, and with a lack of detail...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The DCR-HC96 represents the best of what Sony has to offer this year on its consumer MiniDV camcorders (aside from the high definition HDR-HC3). Replacing the HC90, once again Sony has made great video quality in an easy to use package. At $800 (MSRP),...

Easy mode is great for the beginner, -Top loading tape compartment

Placement of white balance controls within a labrynithian menu structure, -Touch screen interface has a mere 123K pixel count and becomes smudged easily, -No mic input, -Proprietary hot shoe demands consumers only purchase Sony brand products that, are...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC96 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-HC96 is Sony's flagship consumer MiniDV camcorder this year, and by the looks of it, Sony has all but given up innovation in this medium. The HC96 is the same camcorder as last year's HC90, with most ports relocated from the body to a Handycam...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: James Galbraith (macworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam camcorder

 

The Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam is a MiniDV camcorder that performs well and provides impressive still-image quality. Nice features like a touch-screen LCD and an accessory shoe make it more attractive.

Wide-screen LCD with touch-screen controls; accessory shoe; impressive still-camera quality; very good standard-light video quality

Mediocre low-light performance; dock required for video and image transfers

A mix of plastic and metal, the DCR-HC96fits well in the palm. It features a 2.7-inch wide-screen LCD with touch-screen controls. Play, record, and stop buttons are also conveniently located just below the screen, allowing you to keep your eye on the...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: James Murray (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-HC96

 

At 3000 lux, the DCR-HC96 had very good video performance. For the top model in its class, it should. The HC96 packs a big 1/3" CCD with 3.31 gross MP (2.05 effective MP). This is one of the big differences between manufacturers in their upper-tier...

Mar, 2006

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot Plus infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to detect and correct camera "shake" for smoother video recording. Tele Macro Mode zooms in for close-up shots to bring out the subject in vivid imagery - making it stand out above the background. This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices.

Audio

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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12cm
Height:9.1cm
Weight:0.5kg/460g
Width:7.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC96/HC96E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:3.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.1Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Expansion slots:Picture Package\n
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
I/O ports:Audio In,\nAudio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) In,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video In,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo In,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Resolution:2016 x 1512

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/3500

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:MPEG1

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Delayed Motion / Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12
Height :9.1
Weight:460
Width:7.2