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Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 543 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 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. People really like the usability and color. The portability and size also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the durability.

size, portability, color, usability

durability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-A1E Pro Digital CamcorderSony HVR-A1E Pro Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and image quality. The price and usability also get good comments. Reviews about the memory and design are mixed, while many are negative about the viewfinder and durability.

portability, usability, price, image quality, size

durability, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX230

 

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best.

8GB internal memory. 1080p60 video. 27x f/1.9-4 zoom lens

No touch screen. Very limited physical controls. Manual lens cover. No Wi-Fi. No mic input. No shoe adapter

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 ($279.99 direct) is a no-frills camcorder that does its best to pack an impressive zoom lens and 1080p60 video recording into a compact package. Don't expect a touch screen, Wi-Fi, or even an automatic lens cover on this...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V

 

Sony's Handycam HDR-CX360V should be the company's $599 camcorder offering, but I suspect is priced about $200 higher in order to rationalize the too-crowded product line. The good news is that if you work a little, you can find it for under $600, at...

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V is attractively designed, with an unusual and nice-feeling brown matte-plastic body. It delivers some unusual features, too, including GPS and built-in stereo speakers.

At its best, the video looks too soft and a bit noisier in low light than some competitors. Also, for its price, some people might expect more manual controls.

While it's a fine model, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V seems too expensive for the video quality and features it delivers.

Aug, 2011

Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V Review

 

With its built-in projector and 96GB of internal memory, the PJ790V may be too much of a good thing.

We won't argue the fact that the HDR-PJ790V is a great camcorder, but the lack of improvement when it comes to performance is frustrating. If you have a Sony HDR-CX760V, HDR-PJ760V, or an HDR-PJ710V from last year, then you shouldn't bother upgrading....

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Ben Keough (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-PJ650V Camcorder Review

 

Sony comes up to par with the competition, but doesn't go any further.

Thus far, we've spilled a lot of virtual ink comparing the PJ650V to its compatriots from Canon and Panasonic. And what have we learned? Mostly, we've determined that there's very little difference between the three when it comes to performance or...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Jennifer O'Rourke (videomaker.com)

Sony Camcorder Review: Sony HVR-A1U HDV

 

Out of the box, we first noticed, in our Sony camcorder review, that the HVR-A1U was much smaller than expected. Weighing just a pound and a half, this is just about the tiniest HDV camcorder out there. But attach the sharp lens hood, the audio jack...

True crisp color and detail Adjustable SPMTE timecode and color bars XLR jacks and stereo shotgun mic

Bottom tape loading On/off button easy to trigger accidentally Manual controls buried in menus and not on camera body

Streamlined easy to use camcorder with a Carl Zeiss lens and XLR mic; a big pro HDV camcorder in a small affordable package.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Jennifer O'Rourke (videomaker.com)

Sony HVR-A1U

 

Streamlined easy to use camcorder with a Carl Zeiss lens and XLR mic; a big pro HDV camcorder in a small affordable package.

True crisp color and detail, Adjustable SPMTE timecode and color bars, XLR jacks and stereo shotgun mic

Bottom tape loading, On/off button easy to trigger accidentally, Manual controls buried in menus and not on camera body

May, 2006

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (studiodaily.com)

Sony HVR-A1U

 

Sony's Second Offering In Its PRO HDV Lineup Is The HVR-A1U. Thiscamcorder is squarely aimed at the budget HDV'er, and for the price isa surprising offering. I recently had the opportunity to work with thecamera for a few weeks as my company, VASST,...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

Sony HVR-A1U HDV Camcorder

 

Bringing its fourth HDV camera to market, Sony is about to start shipping the second in their professional offerings for the HDV shooter. The HVR-A1U is the latest addition to the HDV market, and is a dynamite camcorder both for DV shooters and HDV...

Spot takes a first look at a pre-production model

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: Janet (pricerunner.co.uk)

CMOS chip

 

Operationally the A1E is a charmer the small size gives it instant appeal. Meanwhile, some high-end features are hidden out of sight behind an impressively lateral rotating menu system, which appears on the fold-out LCD with a touch-sensitive screen....

it uses a single three million pixel CMOS chip to capture images. The use of a CMOS chip allows the camera to capture amazing high quality images while consuming less battery power and making the camera smaller overall. The Enhanced Imaging Processor,...

Sony's HDR-FX1E was the first of the affordable prosumer HD camcorders, but was marred by a couple of drawbacks, not least its huge size. The camera perched awkwardly between the bijou portability of a true palmcorder and the shoulder-mounted...

Operationally the A1E is a charmer - the small size gives it instant appeal. Meanwhile, some high-end features are hidden out of sight behind an impressively lateral rotating menu system, which appears on the fold-out LCD with a touch-sensitive screen....

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Ryan (pricerunner.co.uk)

i love it

 

The use of a CMOS chip allows the camera to capture amazing high quality images while consuming less battery power and making the camera smaller overall. The Enhanced Imaging Processor which is a Sony created technology, enables the camcorder to...

High-definition video camera records in 1080i, 720p, and 720i specification with analog down-converting. it has 16:9 widescreen recording and is 4:3 conversion capable. it comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x optical zoom lens, digital Super...

i could not find any flaws...

The use of a CMOS chip allows the camera to capture amazing high quality images while consuming less battery power and making the camera smaller overall. The Enhanced Imaging Processor which is a Sony created technology, enables the camcorder to...

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

The new Sony HVR-A1E is an ideal choice for a wide range of professional users seeking the quality and convenience of the HDV format in the smallest, lightest package yet with full 1080-line resolution. Building on the strengths of the acclaimed HVR-Z1E, the new camcorder joins the professional Sony HDV line-up. Thanks to its highly compact design, it offers an ideal solution for applications where space is limited or complete mobility is required. Like other professional HDV products from Sony, the HVR-A1E provides a 'bridge' between the worlds of HD and SD production, thanks to its ability to capture and playback in HDV, DVCAM and DV formats. The HVR-A1E incorporates a new 1/3-inch primary color 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Teamed with Enhanced Imaging Processor technology, this provides wide dynamic range, lower power consumption and a high quality image for professional results.

Audio

Audio formats supported:LC-AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.16
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM50
Battery voltage:3.6
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Number of Batteries Supported:1
Run Time (Up To):85min

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show / single image, slide show
Image processor:BIONZ / BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:3 / 6 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Playback zoom (max):N
Progressive Scan: Yes
Self-timer:10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Design

Colour of product:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.3cm/18.8cm
Height:19.1cm/9.4cm
Weight:0.7kg
Width:7.1cm

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200
Display resolution (numeric):123200 / 230000
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash

Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB

Focusing

Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC1/HDR-HC1E/HVR-A1E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.9 / 9.2
Effective megapixels (movie):2.29
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3 / 25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.1 / 2.97 / 3 / 8.9 / 9.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:10 / 120 / 320 / 350
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26.8 - 804 / 29.8 - 804
Focal length range (f-f):1.9 - 57 / 2.1 - 57 / 5.1 - 51
Image stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:51mm
Maximum aperture number:4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):116.5 / 80.4 / 98.4
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 1.9
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.68 / 2.98
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 27 / 30
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Scene modes:Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel/2.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.2Mpix/1.98Mpix/2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.97Mpix/3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:1
Flash:Y
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK(DV)In/Out, S-Video Out, USB Terminal, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):6.2
Power requirements:8.4 V / 7.2 V / AC-L15
Resolution:1920 x 1440
USB 2.0 connectors:1
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, Component, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Included memory card size:0.016
Memory Card Included:MS Duo

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
HDMI:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Projector

Built-in projector: Yes
Native Resolution:640 x 360
Projector brightness:13
Screen size compatibility:0 - 2540

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.03 / 0.03 - 0.0001 / 1/2-1/10000 / 1/8 - 1/100000
Camera shutter type:Electronic
Shutter speed (video):0.0001

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1440 / 3984 x 2240 / 4032 x 2272
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240 / 4032x2272, 1920x1080, 3024x2272

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:DVCAM, HDV / HDV / No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Duo / MS Micro (M2), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Technical Details

Lens cover included: Yes
Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD / HD Ready
Maximum frame rate:25 / 50
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1440
Supported video modes:1080i, 576i, 576p / 1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4 / H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:252000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder screen size:0.54
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.7 / 11.9 / 18.8 / 19.1
Height :10.3 / 5.7 / 5.95 / 9.4
Weight:178 / 190 / 210 / 670 / 680
Width:5.25 / 5.7 / 5.8 / 7.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, Push / Auto, Outdoor