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Sony DCR-HC 39

We have collected and analysed 1 expert reviews and 94 user reviews from international sources. Users rate it 83/100. The average review date is 25-03-2006. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 75/100 = Good. Last update: 17-12-2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC 39 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the durability and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC39E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]Sony DCR-HC39E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]

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Sony Handycam DCR HC39

Feb, 2007

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC39


For a Sony product .. well this has to be the pits..


Wrong instructions, nightmare to transfer data over

Feb, 2007

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Sony Camcorder HCR DC39E


The Sony DCR-HC39 is a very high quality camcorder with very good quality videos, and a brilliant feature of connecting to the tel...

Dec, 2005

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Its Tiny


This Sony DCR HC39 is my first digital camcorder,its a small thing which just fits into my hand .i was worried about buying someth...

Dec, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


Native widescreen

No firewire cable as standard

Dec, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


Good product and excellent value for money.

Nov, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


Ease to use Quality Images

Sony,s accessories are very expensive and would put me off purchasing future Sony Products that required regular accessories, which are only available from Sony

Nov, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


Good camera very easy to use and came at a price i could afford.


Nov, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


Good size and weight, great picture qaulity and not too expensive. A great camera for home and holiday movies.

Software supplied is pretty poor. Can be tricky to navigate the menus at times

Nov, 2005

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Sony DCR-HC39E


easy to use, light and with an impressive perfromance

Saving images from tapeto dvd a bit of a fiddle

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

One step ahead, the DCR-HC39E Compact DV camcorder from Sony uses the full width of a 1megapixel CCD to always capture and playback your images in true 16: 9 widescreen. A high picture quality and still images are guaranteed and true 16: 9 movies can be played back to the full on a home theater system. Your camcorder is always ready to shoot and playback. The Handycam Station is a powered cradle for the DCR-HC39E that features an i.LINK connection for digital video editing on a PC or to copy footage to a DVD recorder, as well as USB for Web streaming purposes. Multi AV (Analog, S-Video and Audio) is also featured for dubbing to analog tape, as well as playing back movies or still images on a TV. Throughout connection, the camcorder's "infoLITHIUM" battery is powering up, ensuring that the docked Handycam is charged and ready to be picked up and used at any time. The DCR-HC39E Handycam provides true 16: 9 widescreen recording, taking advantage of the full width of the 1Megapixel CCD, results in a wider angle of view than 4: 3 methods. This is ideal for playback on today's popular widescreen TVs and for widescreen playback on the camera itself the camcorders also feature a 2.7-inch Wide Hybrid LCD monitor that ensures that a bright, clear picture can be viewed anywhere, even at high contrast locations. Start and stop record controls and a secondary Zoom button are conveniently placed on the Wide LCD frame for quick access when viewing the subject on the display or for during difficult shooting situations, even when you are holding the camera above your head. The DCR-HC39E features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, with a 12x Optical Zoom capability and a filter diameter of 25mm. This ensures that your footage will be of pin-sharp quality, even when you are zooming in from a significant distance, while the sizable lens guarantees a bright picture.


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 / NP-FP50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

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:6.86 / 7.62
Display Resolution:123200 / 640 x 480

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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 / 5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8 / 1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120 / 480
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 23 / 3 - 36
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:10 / 12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
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 / USB\nAudio Out\nVideo Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power consumption (typical):2.9

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:DV / MPEG1

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:480
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie 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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.2 / 7.2
Height :9 / 9.9
Weight:290 / 410
Width:4.5 / 5.5