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Sony DCR-HC40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 320 reviews of Sony DCR-HC40. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the price and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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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 really like the price and portability. The size and image quality are also appreciated.

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

May, 2019

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 Opinions about the size and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

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

May, 2019

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
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)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

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