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Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good views. Reviews about the zoom and durability are mixed.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the price.

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

May, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC9 / HC9E 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 design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Opinions about the reliability and usability are mixed, and many are critical about the zoom and color.

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durability, color, zoom

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Sony HDR-HC9E HDV Camcorder


Sony's HDR-HC9E camcorder remains loyal to the tape-based HDV format, so how does it stack up against the competition?

Feb, 2011

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Sony HDR-HC9E Camcorder Review


Designed for video enthusiasts, the Sony HDR-HC9E offers outstanding 1080 High Definition video quality and advanced functionality.

This will then give you a list of accessories for that model including microphones.

May, 2012

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The Sony HDR-HC9E camcorder offers full HD video recording on DV tape for up to 1 hour, a ClearVid CMOS sensor for crisp and clear video images and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical zoom. It also sports a 6 megapixel still photo...

While plenty of ‘serious’ movie-makers swear by HDV, plenty of amateur auteurs swear at it. If you want the best possible video quality, though, the HC9 (and its close rival, the Canon HV30) are well worth a screen test. Sony HDR-HC9E is tagged with...

Sep, 2008

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Can HDV camcorders still compete with newer technologies? James Morris finds out.

Mar, 2008


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Sony HDR-HC9


The tape-based HDV camcorder is an increasingly rare beast. Despite delivering arguably the best image quality of any video format, it has been all bu...

Superb 1080i image quality, loads of manual features, reliable build quality, intuitive user interface

Not much has changed since last generation's HDR-HC7

If you prefer the familiarity and reliability of HDV tape, the Sony HDR-HC9 is one of the best (and only) options on the market. Sticklers for value may want to check out Canon’s HV30 though — it's every bit as good, yet cheaper.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : David Kender (

Sony HDR-HC9 Camcorder Review


The Sony HDR-HC9 is a minor update from last year's HDR-HC7. This high definition camcorder records to tape in the HDV format, which continues be the format of choice for those who prize video quality over the convenience of flash media, HDD, and DVD....

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a good high definition camcorder. It's also Sony's only 2008 HDV model, so your only other choice is to go back to 2007 or earlier if you want to stay in the Sony family (our standing recommendation is the 2005 HDR-HC1).

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Shawn S. Lealos (

Reviewing the Sony HDR-HC9 Camcorder


The Sony HDR-HC9 video camera offers high-definition quality video while still using the MiniDV format. What else does this affordable camcorder offer you? Bright Hub looks at the qualities of this HD camcorder in this review.

May, 2011

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Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Camcorder Review


A robust, flexible camera. Good choice for those who want their video on tape.

Tape-based for easy archival, Wide array of manual controls, Great image quality

Lens hood obstructs flash and IR light, Small Cam Control wheel, Curious menu layout

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Greg Robinson (

Camcorder Review Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Camcorder


Sony's new HC9 looks and feels a lot like last year's HC7, all in all a good thing. The design proves to be solid and usable, and it captures good images. For some users, the very best feature is one you can take out and hold in your hand: tape

Tape-based for easy archival Wide array of manual controls Great image quality

Lens hood obstructs flash and IR light Small Cam Control wheel Curious menu layout

A robust, flexible camera. Good choice for those who want their video on tape.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : David Kender (

Sony HDR-HC9


The HDR-HC9 is identical in most respects to last year's Sony HDR-HC7, including the 1/2.9-inch CCD with a gross pixel count of 3,200,000. The performance is, once again, very good. In bright and moderate light, the camcorder shows excellent color...

In low light testing, you'll start to see differentiations between the HDV models. While the Sony HDR-HC9 was good, it was clearly outperformed by the Canon HV30. Not only did the Canon produce a picture that looked less noisy, it also offers multiple...

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

Record your memories in HD brilliance. The HDR-HC9 MiniDV HD Handycam Camcorder delivers high definition quality and versatility with a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, 10x optical/20x digital zoom, and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor for stunning video and 6.1 megapixel still images. Use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps ensure clear images. View everything you shoot on the 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel technology. Even save your still images directly to a Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (sold separately) to easily transfer and share your photos.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.04Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor