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Sony DCR-HC40

We have collected and analysed 9 expert reviews and 311 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 81/100 and users rate it 79/100. The average review date is 05-06-2005. We have compared these reviews to 367610 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 78/100 = Good. Last update: 27-03-2019.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-HC40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 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 People are impressed by the price and portability. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

usability, image quality, size, portability, price

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

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-HC40


alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC40 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Samsung SC-D6040 DuoCam


Good quality audio and video ; new controls on LCD panel

Some usability issues

The Sony DCR-HC40 produces good video quality for an entry-level camcorder.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


Although the DCR-HC40, as the top of this year's HC line by Sony, includes an improvement in CCD size and still capabilities from its fellow camcorders, its performance is remarkably similar to the DCR-HC30, which nearly serves to render invalid any...

LCD quality, - Ease of use, - Decent low light and video quality

Zooms, - Still options, - Mediocre manual control

Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-HC40 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sony introduced five new MiniDV camcorder's including the middle of the line DCR-HC40. The DCR-HC40 replaces last year's DCR-TRV33. At a selling price of $700, the DCR-HC40 is Sony's lowest priced Megapixel...

Feb, 2004

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Sony DCR HC40


Sony DCR HC40 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC40 MiniDV Handycam gives you all the features you'd expect from a Sony camcorder in an ultra-compact design that's as beautiful as the images it captures. It features a 1.0 Megapixel Advanced HAD imaging chip and a Carl Zeiss...

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Sony DCR-HC40E


Easy to take lots of photographs

Poor battery life - dim in poor light

Jan, 2010

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Unhappy Mac user


and it is totally incompatable with any Apple edit software. The i.LINK...

Jan, 2005

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Great First-time user purchase


I had this Sony DCR-HC40ES camcorder bought for me as a 50th birthday present, after doing a fair bit of research. As a first-time...

Jan, 2005

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Not bad, but slightly flawed


I've had this Sony DCR-HC40ES digital camcorder for about 3 months now. The picture quality, though only on mega pixel, is good en...

Nov, 2004

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A magic box, minute compared to those 'bricks' of the 90's


The Sony DCR-HC40ES digital camcorder package, including ImageMixer software, is excellent and thoroughly recommended. Having made...

May, 2004

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Sony DCR-HC30E Touch screen



LCD screen touch system not working

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

Sony DCR-HC40E compact MiniDV Digital Handycam provides a combination of high picture quality and ease-of-use. It features a new horizontal body design and incorporates a range of enhancements including Carl Zeiss lens, NightShot Plus, Easy Handycam operation and Memory Stick Duo slot. The new model is not only compact and lightweight, but is ergonomically sound. It incorporates touch-screen technology for access to the Handycam menu system and a built-in lens cover for enhanced convenience. Among the advancements, one in particular is the new NightShot Plus system that allows for recording in darkness, while delivering more natural colors to videos. That ensures no residual images even when shooting fast moving objects. To provide beginners with a one-stop solution, the new Easy Handycam button simplifies the choice of menu features with a limited set of commands for basic operation on the LCD screen in large, easy-to-read characters. With almost all settings on automatic, learning to shoot videos is much easier. The camcorder can resume to the normal function Regular Mode, making the model perfect for both beginners and advanced users. The DCR-HC40E comes equipped with Sony's new video editing software - Picture Package - that offers an extremely easy way to create music videos on Video CDs. By connecting the Handycam with a PC via a USB or i.LINK (IEEE1394), users can modify their videos with music or special effects and burn the videos directly onto Video CDs. The DCR-HC40E offers Sony's unique Mega Pixel Engine and a 1 Mega Pixel CCD for high definition videos and excellent color reproduction with an ultra compact Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens for superior image capture. The Mega Pixel Engine uses ultra high speed signal processing to convert analog signals to digital signals at high speed, resulting in superior color reproduction. In addition to providing true 16: 9 wide screen mode by using the whole area of the Mega Pixel CCD, it also allows for direct recording in 16: 9 mode onto the tape. Users can take full advantage of the wide screen functionality to play back videos on 16: 9 screen televisions.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.350
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 / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon / Super night mode/Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):3.200 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB Terminal, Video In/Out\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power requirements:AC-L25

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n


Camera shutter speed:1/4-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.200