Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E

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Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E

Even the home video enthusiasts are impressed with the range of recording capabilities offered by the HDR-HC3 Handycam camcorder. With HD and SD Recor...

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Review of "Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E"

published 25/09/2006 | leekerr11
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Excellent
Pro Great camcorder in my opinion great
Cons no lens cover
somewhat helpful
Ease of use
Durability
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"Sony Handycam's take a big hit"

sony have been taken of to a great start and our now continuing to take of the world of elctronics everyone in the u.k nows about sony computers, hi-fi, camcorder, dvdplayer and

such easy to use but my granma would not be able to set it up infact i'd get a phone call from her asking for some help so i'll give it a good in ease to use

Durability is great i loved it best birthday present ever great i'll give it

Features not so good as i espaected it to be it could be better in many many ways i'll give it poor in features did'nt impress me

recording quality is fabtastic or sahll i even say an a+ laugh out loud so

the picture quality was once again fabtastic i loved it i got a video and picture at the same time which is cool

the remote control was alright i guess just the smae as any other sony elctronics system

All togher im gving this product a exellent just qulified a 8/10

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  • MartinImber published 06/09/2007
    Could do with more info. I am after a HDV jobbie so looking for info.
  • HungryHungarian published 25/09/2006
    you'll need a huge amount more info than that for the H or VH ratings! By the way I love your use of the word "fabtastic"! Michael
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Product Information : Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E

Manufacturer's product description

Even the home video enthusiasts are impressed with the range of recording capabilities offered by the HDR-HC3 Handycam camcorder. With HD and SD Recording Modes, you can make the move to HD while retaining compatibility with standard definition equipment. The HC3 sets the industry standard in resolution quality with its ClearVid CMOS Image Sensor, capturing precise detail and superior color reproduction. Dual Record Mode lets you capture 2.3 Megapixel stills while shooting high definition video. And Smooth Slow Recording captures fast movement with precise detail for slow motion playback. Now you can record what you want however you want it. The HC3 is everything you've come to expect from the world's smallest and lightest consumer camcorder.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E - camcorder - Carl Zeiss - Mini DV (HDV)

Product Type: Camcorder - widescreen

Lens Included: Carl Zeiss

Media Type: Mini DV (HDV)

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Sensor Resolution: 2.1 Mpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 2 Mpix - Photo: 2.0 Mpix

Lens System: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 80 x

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - colour

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1180 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, composite video

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.2 cm x 13.9 cm x 7.8 cm

Weight: 500 g, 0.5 kg

General

MPN: HDR-HC3E, HDRHC3E.CEH

Product Type: Camcorder

Lens Included: Carl Zeiss

Enclosure Colour: Black

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 2.1 Mpix

Effective Video Resolution: 2 Mpix

Effective Photo Resolution: 2.0 Mpix

Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution: 4.0 Mpix

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Mini DV (HDV)

Optical Sensor Type: ClearVid CMOS

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 80 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Faders: White fader, monotone fader, mosaic fader, black fader

Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Audio Signal Format: MPEG1 Audio Layer II, PCM

Features: Zebra pattern

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, composite video

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, Sunset & Moon, portrait mode, Beach & Ski, scenery

Special Effects: Still, Sepia, Pastel, Monotone, Old Movie, Flash Motion, Negative Art, Skintone, Cinematic

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Indoor, outdoor

Max Shutter Speed: 1/425 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec

Lens System

Type: Carl Zeiss 10 x zoom lens - 5.1 - 51 mm - f/1.8-2.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 30 mm

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 2.5 m

Additional Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

DV input: Yes

Additional Features: Touch-screen control, built-in speaker, backlight compensation, DPOF support, PictBridge support, accessories hot shoe, progressive scanning, takes photos while film recording

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Display

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 211,200 pixels

Display Features: Rotating

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x Control-L (LANC) ( sub-mini phone stereo 2.5 mm ) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 PIN FireWire ) ¦ 1 x USB ( mini-USB Type B ) ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A )

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, camcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, power adapter, USB cable, audio / video cable, component video cable, IR remote control

Battery

Battery Type: Sony NP-FM50

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1180 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB MS DUO

Image Storage: JPEG 2304 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2304 x 1296 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.2 cm

Depth: 13.9 cm

Height: 7.8 cm

Weight: 500 g, 0.5 kg

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