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Sony HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the battery and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Neil Bennett & Bruce Buckman (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

HDR-HC1

 

The HDR-HC1 is the little brother of the HDR-FX1. It drops the FX1's 3CCDs in favour of a single CMOS sensor, and shrinks the body size and weight down to that of a traditional consumer handheld.

Much smaller and lighter than current HDV competition. High quality footage capture. Manual ring for zoom and focus. Touchscreen.

Single sensor. No XLR inputs. Built-in mic picks up tape noise.

The HC1E did a great job adjusting to transitions from light to dark and produced a clean, low-noise result when shooting in lower light indoors, a result helped by Sony's Enhanced Imaging Processor

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Laurence Grayson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC1

 

Sony's new HDR-HC1 is the first high-definition video (HDV) camcorder within reach of the consumer videographer.

Affordable HD camcorder

No progressive scan, some design faults

While not without its flaws, the Sony HDR-HC1 can claim the title of being first HDV camcorder available to mainstream consumers

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Marc Perton (engadget.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV camcorder reviewed

 

Sony's HDR-HC1 - the company's smallest and most affordable HD camcorder - is about to hit the street (er, not literally, we hope), and the lucky devils at Camcorderinfo.com got their mitts on a review unit. What did they think...

Jun, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV 1080i Handycam Camcorder

 

Video Recording Format: DV Tape, CCDType: Single CMOS Chip

Incredible video quality. Great sound.

Expensive. Most users will need to invest in new hardware to store and play high-definition video. No software included for HD video editing. Image stabilization isn't powerful enough.

Though it certainly isn't perfect, Sony's HDR-HC1 puts HD in your hand and takes home movies to a whole new level.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 review

 

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

High-resolution video; compact design; excellent viewfinder; versatile features.

Only interlaced HD video, no 720p; some design quirks; some autofocus glitches.

The Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 is a good first effort at a consumer HD camcorder, but only HD fanatics should consider it.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

 

A good first effort at a consumer HD camcorder, but only HD fanatics should really consider it.

High-resolution video ; Compact design ; Excellent viewfinder ; Versatile features

Some design quirks ; Some autofocus glitches

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Randolph Ramsay (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV camcorder

 

Sony's HDR-HC1 camcorder is bringing high definition down to a more affordable and aesthetically pleasing form for the average consumer.

High-resolution video ; Compact design ; Excellent viewfinder ; Versatile features

Some design quirks ; Some autofocus glitches

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-HC1 HDV Camcorder Review

 

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Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Bentley Dean (pcauthority.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC1

 

Sony's first CMOS based consumer HD camera brings control and fidelity to images in a package that's hard to beat.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Frank Völkel (tomsguide.com)

Sony HDR-HC1: A Quantum Leap For Video Buffs

 

Sony's smallest HD video camera costs upwards of $1,200, but is the way to go for serious amateur videographers looking to raise the level of their game.

Mar, 2006