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Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 370 reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the viewfinder. There are some negative reviews about the connectivity and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the size. Some have doubts about the memory.

usability, price, image quality, portability, durability

memory

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 205 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and durability. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the connectivity. The zoom and reliability get mixed views.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, battery

connectivity

98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Sony HDR-HC3E - HD Camcorder

 

Sony's second HD camcorder aimed at consumers is a good £300 less than its predecessor, yet has even better image quality. James Morris discovers how Sony does it.

But the HC3E has one entirely new connectivity trick up its sleeve, or rather under a plastic flap. This is the first HDV camcorder ever to incorporate the consumer digital AV connection, HDMI. This will allow you to connect the HC3E to your HD Ready...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 review

 

intro The Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 brings down both the size and the cost of HD video to more reasonable levels. It's still not an impulse buy, but the excellent HD/SD video quality, the good mix of automatic and manual features, and the passable...

Excellent video quality; compact; supports both HD and DV resolutions; decent still photos.

No microphone jack; no 24p support; HDV editing and distribution options are limited.

Though significantly cheaper than Sony's previous consumer HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 still offers superb HD video quality.

May, 2006

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (eisa.eu)

Sony HDR-HC3E

 

The making of your own HD movie has never been so affordable to video enthusiasts as it is now with the Sony HDR-HC3E, the lightest and smallest High Definition video camcorder on the market today. A new ClearVid CMOS sensor and Enhanced Image...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Which? (which.co.uk)

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Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Karl Foster (macworld.co.uk)

Sony HDR-HC3E

 

To HD or not HD? Macworld answers the question.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A great entry to the camcorder market that's perfect for those with HD televisions.

Crystal clear video, decent still pictures, slimmest HD camcorder around, price

Video transfer software and cables not included, lacks advanced controls, only offers interlaced HD pictures

Apr, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam

 

Incredible video quality. Excellent sound. Performs well in extreme lighting scenarios.

No included software. Instructions should feature more about the benefits and details of high-definition video. Menus are still not very clear. Cheaper than its predecessor, but still pricey.

Sony's HDR-HC3 sets the bar very high, letting consumers film home movies in stunning HD quality.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

First Look: Sony's Slick New HD Camcorder

 

The HDR-HC3 brings high-definition video recording to the masses.

May, 2006

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

image quality

 

Sony Handycam HDR-HC3

Excellent video quality; compact; supports both HD and DV resolutions; decent still photos.

No microphone jack; no 24p support; HDV editing and distribution options are limited.

Though significantly cheaper than Sony's previous consumer HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 still offers superb HD video quality.

May, 2006

Expert review by : Nicole Manktelow (cnet.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder

 

A good choice for families wanting to match a camera to their HD TV set. Automatic operation means not needing to know much to get pleasing images.

Great image in either SD or HD. Quick response to changing scene. Some image control provided by auto/manual toggle and dial. Touchscreen LCD has additional recording controls.

Camera controls most image settings. No external battery charger.

A good choice for families wanting to match a camera to their HD TV set. Automatic operation means not needing to know much to get pleasing images. More advanced videographers may be a little frustrated by the manual controls.

Oct, 2010