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Sony DCR-HC 24 E

We have collected and analysed 4 expert reviews and 92 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 49/100 and users rate it 85/100. The average review date is 20-04-2007. We have compared these reviews to 369383 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 75/100 = Good. Last update: 14-12-2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC 24 E 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 Views about the durability and size are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the image quality.

usability, price, portability, size, durability

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC24E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom]Sony DCR-HC24E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom]

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Sony DCR-HC24


it works if you want to keep ya films on a tape

Use less cant get the videos of the small tape as it is not compatable with any soft ware except XP and that is obselete i have contact sony but they just dont answer me my advise is dont buy one.

Aug, 2013

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Sony DCR-HC24


Very light compact camcorder. Touch sensitive screen / menus are excellent. Picture and sound great

Software to copy tape to pc is very complicated and not user friendly at all

Jun, 2013

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Very easy to use and the video quality is excellent.

I have found no bad issues.

Apr, 2013

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Sony DCR-HC24


easy to handle,and carry around.

trying to get the recordings to download onto my computer using the information that came with the camera.

Sep, 2012

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easy to handle,and carry around

trying to get the recordings to download onto my computer using the information that came with the camera

Aug, 2012

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Sony DCR-HC24


Easy to transcribe to VHS tape cassette if you have a VHS player/recorder.

Not easy to transcribe to DVD without special equipment.

Jul, 2012

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Sony DCR-HC24


The EASY record feature helps with difficult shots and the camera is uncomplicated to use.

Fair to say that I do not note any bad points

Dec, 2011

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Easy to use

Impossible to load software, no support whatsoever, all images remain on tapes

Oct, 2011

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easy to get along with

capturing video to disk is extremely difficult.

Jan, 2011

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easy to get along with

capturing video to disk is extremely difficult

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

In addition to being equipped with a 2.5" LCD monitor, 800k pixel CCD and 20x Optical Zoom, the DCR-HC24E features high quality Sony Handycam technology. It is incredibly easy to use thanks to a large Touch panel on the camcorder's LCD screen, allowing you to easily select the filming mode of your choice and even view the remaining battery levels. In addition, Sony has thoughtfully added Start/Stop and Zoom buttons on the frame of the LCD screen itself so that you don't have to take your eye off the action or obstruct the screen to operate these functions.


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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):N

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:123200

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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/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:800
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
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

Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Monotone
I/O ports:Audio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo Out.\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:800
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.9