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Sony DCR-HC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 reviews of Sony DCR-HC20. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good opinions. There are some less positive opinions about the finish and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

viewfinder, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and portability. The battery and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the zoom and finish. Opinions are divided on the design.

usability, price, battery, portability, size

finish, zoom

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and design. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, design, price

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR review

 

The Handycam DCR-SX series is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition ultracompact camcorder. It's made up of three models that differ only by storage amounts: the SX45 has no internal memory; the SX65 has 4GB built in; and the SX85 has 16GB of...

The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 are easy-to-use ultracompact camcorders with good active electronic image stabilization and a built-in USB cable for quick uploads.

The DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 produce very soft and noisy video with noticeable fringing on subjects even at small sizes. There are no mic or headphone jacks, and the electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review

 

The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR review

 

The Handycam DCR-SX series is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition ultracompact camcorder. It's made up of three models that differ only by storage amounts: the SX45 has no internal memory; the SX65 has 4GB built in; and the SX85 has 16GB of...

The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 are easy-to-use ultracompact camcorders with good active electronic image stabilization and a built-in USB cable for quick uploads.

The DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 produce very soft and noisy video with noticeable fringing on subjects even at small sizes. There are no mic or headphone jacks, and the electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review

 

The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam

 

Though compact and easy to use, the Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam delivers subpar video and still-image quality and lacks some critical features.

Compact design. Easy to use. LCD is visible in direct sunlight.

Poor video and still-image quality. Lacks analog-to-digital conversion capabilities.

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Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam

 

The DCR-HC20 is a small, easy to use, and well-priced camcorder for those who just want to shoot video, but it is missing features such as still-image capture.

This is a stylish, small, low-cost camcorder that is comfortable to hold and easy to use, although it has fewer features than its more expensive siblings.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

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Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR review: Sony Handycam DCR

 

Sony Handycam DCR

The ; are easy-to-use ultracompact camcorders with good active electronic image stabilization and a built-in USB cable for quick uploads.

The DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 produce very soft and noisy video with noticeable fringing on subjects even at small sizes. There are no mic or headphone jacks, and the electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC20 is the lowest of this year's DCR-HC models; the DCR-HC30 and DCR-HC40 succeed it. The DCR-HC20 is a stripped-down version of the DCR-HC30. It includes the same CCD, which is a 1/6-inch chip with comparable optical zoom. That said, the...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Andrew Alexander (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony has consolidated both the number of camcorders and the physical size of their camcorders in their 2004 model line which was introduced at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The camcorders have a new rounder design, and some upgraded,...

Jan, 2004

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder packs big features in a small package. It features a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel controls, a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, NightShot Plus infrared recording system and USB streaming capabilities, all in a case that is 25% smaller than last years model. It even includes the innovative Easy Handycam button, which automates most functions and makes recording a snap. Why settle for anything less than a Sony?

Audio Input

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

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2cm
Height:8.6cm/9cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:5.5cm/5cm

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 mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC20/HC20E/HC22/HC22E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3/F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:23mm/46mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10/20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/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/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Zoom:120/800
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic