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Sony DCR-PC330

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Sony DCR-PC330. 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. People are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The usability and price also get good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the control panel and battery.

portability, price, usability, image quality, reliability

battery, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-PC330


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC330 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 Comments about the zoom and design are overall positive. The reliability and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the battery and portability.

price, image quality, reliability, design, zoom

portability, battery

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC330 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical]Sony DCR-PC330 Mini-DV Digital Camcorder [Mini-DV 10xOptical]

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-PC330


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DCR-PC330 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the durability and usability. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

portability, price, image quality, usability, durability


87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRPC330 MiniDV 3.3-Megapixel Handycam CamcorderSony DCRPC330 MiniDV 3.3-Megapixel Handycam Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Sony DCR-PC review


Sony's DCR-PC55 MiniDV Handycam is a stylish shooting companion that's small and light enough to fit in your pants pocket. With a 10X optical zoom and a decent selection of automatic and manual shooting modes, the DCR-PC55 provides most of the...

Extremely small; looks classy and cool enough to take to a Hollywood premiere; easy to learn.

Mediocre video quality; awkward to hold; short battery life; DV connector is on charging cradle.

Unless portability is your primary consideration, you can find better choices than this petite underachiever.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Sony DCR-PC330


The Sony DCR-PC330 ($1,700 direct) offers a unique blend of compact size with good still- and video-image quality, making it a natural for anybody seeking one camera to take anywhere.

The DCR-PC330 is an admirable attempt to blend a still camera and video camcorder into a compact package. It will appeal to users who value small size; just know that the Canon Optura Xi delivers better video quality and more features at about the same...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : John DuQuette (

Sony DCR-PC330


This top-of-the-line, full-featured camcorder produces excellent video and takes decent digital stills.

Excellent video ; Good photos ; Lens-mounted manual focus ; Packed with features

No zebra stripes ; Limited manual override ; Touch screen suboptimal for some operations

Jan, 2004

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-PC330 First Impressions Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


At a press luncheon in New York City Sony announced the DCR-PC330 matchbox style MiniDV camcorder with a price point of $1,700. The major features of the camcorder is it's 1/3 in. 3.3 Megapixel CCD. The camcorder is being billed as a hybrid still /...

Aug, 2003

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Sony DCR-PC330E


Although a few years old now the DSR-PC330E is still a fantastic quality DV camcorder with a 3.3 megapixel with a 1/3 ccd with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with Manual and auto focus. DV in and out, Svideo in and out, and Composite video in and...

None I have Found

Aug, 2013

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Check thoroughly before you pay


Touch-screen menus - no more groping for buttons in the dark

Zoom button awkward for large hands

Aug, 2004

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Sony DCR-PC330 - (Digital Camcorders)

Oct, 2006

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Sony DCR-PC330 MiniDV Digital Camcorder


I owned a Sony DCR TRV 30 mini DV prior to this unit. The PC 330 has better low light color sensitivity for both video and stills. I was impressed by how I can get much better indoor still pictures without need for an accessory flash. Because's...

Camcorder and Still Camera in one.

The upright form factor may feel awkward to those used to horizontal configuration camcorders.

Jun, 2004

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This is the camcorder you wish you could afford.


There are a few pieces of electronics that you are most likely to do in-depth research on, write down what you want and also look very carefully at what you can afford, a camcorder is one of those electronics. The problem is very few people can afford ...

Excellent video, excellent nightvideo, very good still shots, overall sexiness, Carl Zeiss lens

Battery life, inconvenient tape location, price

May, 2004

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Sony DCR-PC330 Camcorder April 2004 Review


If you are looking at Sony's stunning DCR-PC330, you've made an initial solid choice just by its consideration. It's Carl Zeiss lens along with its 3-Megapixel digital still potential is reason enough to look at this camcorder combination unit. Let's ...

Color Quality, Carl Zeiss Lens, Size And Battery Life

3 Megapixel Photo Quality And Speed, Customer Support And LCD Screen Control Panel

Apr, 2004

Product Specifications

DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder is the industry's first single-CCD (charge coupled device), 3.31-megapixel model, affording customers the highest quality combination of digital video and still camera optics. The new DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam model has an Advanced HADTM (hole accumulated diode) CCD imager, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and a new advanced primary color filter, which together create outstanding video and digital photographs. Beyond Sony's standard advanced features such as Super NightShot infrared system for shooting video in total darkness and the Super SteadyShot system for image stabilization, this new model also has a new smooth interval record feature, enabling smooth time-lapse recording. Along with a 2.5-inch hybrid touch panel liquid crystal display (LCD) for an easy-access, easy-to-see menu, the new 3-D user menu is customizable into a Personal Menu. Once users assemble their favorite features into their own Personal Menu, it takes just one touch on the LCD to facilitate a personal shooting style. The DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder weighs just over a pound with its battery. It is smaller than a paperback dictionary, but has the versatility and sophistication of camcorders twice its size. The new three-color filter uses proprietary technology that quadruples the area for each primary color, resulting in more true-to-life photographs and video. Like the human eye distinguishes color through red, green and blue photoreceptors, the new primary color filter uses the same colors to deliver vibrant and color-rich video and still images. The manual focus ring together with the 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom gives the user even more options for creativity and composition. The DCR-PC330 MiniDV Handycam camcorder also has specific Sony still camera features for shooting crisp clear pictures in poor lighting conditions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):95min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Webcam capability: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:16MB


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:3.7
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Flash memory:16
Horizontal resolution:530

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.3