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Sony Handycam DCR HC47

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC47. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are overall positive. The battery and price are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR HC47 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam DCR HC47


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR HC47 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 People are impressed by the image quality and usability. The battery and price also get good feedback, but many are negative about the size and portability.

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

May, 2019

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Sony DCR-HC47


Good value for money. Easy to use and producing good pictures.

Mar, 2008

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Sony DCR-HC47


so easy to use and very stable. Digital quality is beyond belief. super

No bad points

Dec, 2007

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Sony DCR-HC47


Lightweight - easy to use. Well organised menu structure - easy access to advanced settings if required

No Dvin. Svideo out cable not supplied although supported by machine

Dec, 2007

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Sony DCR-HC47


Light weight. Compact and quick response from switching on. Whilst the technology is old compared to more recent systems with 'Internal Hard-drives' etc, the tape still gives (in my opinion), the best playback quality which is great for DVing/playback...

Compared to my old replaced Sony HandiCam (Hi8) (which, whilst great technology in its day, is old and clunky looking now by comparison), the recording quality in low light levels of this digital model is not great. When panning, the camera tries to...

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens; 1.07 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD; 25x Optical Zoom / 2000x Digital Zoom; STAMINA up to 6 hours 35 minutes (with optional battery); 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD screen with touch panel.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset & Moon / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
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)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:2000
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic