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Sony DCR-HC46

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews of Sony DCR-HC46. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC46 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC46 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The battery and zoom are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Which? (

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Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (

Sony Handycam DCR-HC46 review: Sony Handycam DCR-HC46


Sony Handycam DCR-HC46

Small size; lightweight; easy to use.

No accessory shoe; short battery life; low-resolution still images.

Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that is worth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (

Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


Within Sony’s family of consumer camcorders, the mid-range DCR-HC46 ($599.99 MSRP) is quite an improvement over its step-down siblings, the HC26 and HC36. It features better image quality in bright light, a similarly easy to use design, and refined...

Decent video performance, and very easy to use, - Great automatic controls, - Ergonomic palm-friendly design

Value does not compare favorably with competitors, - No mic input and poor manual control interface and fearture set, - In the line-up below, only the DCR-HC36 scores lower

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : John Neely (

Sony DCR-HC46 Camcorder Review


Sony's DCR-HC46 is their middle-of-the-road offering for MiniDV this year. It's something of a Goldilocks camcorder – not too expensive, not too cheap. Not too skimpy on features, and certainly not too heavy on the features, either. It offers all the...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : John Neely (

Sony DCR-HC46


The Sony DCR-HC46 features a 1/5.5" CCD with 1.07 gross MP. The manual lists 690K effective pixels, though it does not specify what aspect ratio this refers to or whether this is with the electronic image stabilization on or off (it reduces the number...

Jun, 2006

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Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam


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Stunning quality images


I bought this Sony DCR-HC46 Mini DV camcorder as my dad wanted a camcorder in the house. My brother, by no means a technical, too...

Oct, 2006

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Sony Handycam DCR HC46 : Ultimate Camcoder


I have just purchased this new camera from sony ... it is good for home and personal use good picture quality and full of features with a combination of easy of use. comes with a docking station which seperates the port from the camera making it more...

Oct, 2006

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Sony Handycam DCR-HC46E: Ultimate Camcoder


I have just purchased this new camera from sony ... it is good for home and personal use good picture quality and full of features with a combination of easy of use. comes with a docking station which seperates the port from the camera making it more...

Compact, Docking Station, WideScreen Capture ... and more

no fire wire cable in package, no software to record software to computer (Burns CD/DVD Directly)

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

Capture and transfer video images quickly and easily with Sony's DCR-HC46 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder. Its professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens captures brilliant images with life-like color and tones while the Advanced HAD CCD imager provides stunning detail and clarity. The Progressive Shutter System supplies digital still images with excellent definition and sharpness. The DCR-HC46 makes transferring data a cinch via the included Handycam Station docking device. Now you can easily connect to television for viewing and to a USB-compatible PC for editing and sharing digital images and video. Memory Stick Duo media compatibility makes it simple for you to take your images with you wherever you go.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom (max):Y

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200

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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.5
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 36
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
I/O ports:i.LINK (DV) In,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nAudio Out,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Shooting programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait / Sports Lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/3500


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:MPEG1

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.9