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Sony DCR-PC53

Sony DCR-PC53
alaScore 75

60 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Sony DCR-PC53. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and zoom. The portability and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the image quality and size.

usability, portability, zoom, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-PC53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony DCR-PC53 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the image quality. The usability also gets good reviews, but some have doubts about the size.

usability, image quality


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-PC53 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [0.8Mp, 10x Optical Zoom, 3" LCD]Sony DCR-PC53 Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [0.8Mp, 10x Optical Zoom, 3" LCD]

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Bill (



Extremely easy to use, compact size. Excellent zoom and fast focus. Easy to transfer images and video to computer or to display on larger screen via docking station

Limited features to produce special effects. Grainy picture quality in low light conditions

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

It's tiny!


The Sony DCR-PC53 camcorder is an absolute gem - it's so small it really does fit in your pocket. Despite its size it has lots of ...

Mar, 2005

Product Specifications

If you don't have time to stand and stare, then a video-diary is an outstandingly easy and fascinating way of capturing the many impressions of everyday life. A series of snapshots is a great method of producing a video-diary, and with a compact camcorder you can record your experiences wherever you go. A large LCD-screen that's bright and clear is also important, so that you can watch your shots together with friends and acquaintances. The DCR-PC53 is ideal for the task.


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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FA50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FA50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:7.62
Display Resolution:123200

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 23
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
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, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:USB, Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) Out, S-Video Out, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power consumption (typical):2.9
Resolution:640 x 480

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package

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

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.9