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Sony DCR-HC96

alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 reviews of Sony DCR-HC96. 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. People are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC96 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC96

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC96 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the zoom and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback. Opinions about the color and design are mixed. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, price, portability, zoom

battery, reliability, durability, viewfinder

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam Mini DV camcorder [ Carl Zeiss T* lens, 10 x optical, 3 Megapixel, DV-in]Sony DCR-HC96 Handycam Mini DV camcorder [ Carl Zeiss T* lens, 10 x optical, 3 Megapixel, DV-in]

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC96

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC96 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but some have doubts about the memory. Reviews are divided on the price.

usability, portability, image quality, size, reliability

memory

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV 3.3MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)Sony DCR-HC96 MiniDV 3.3MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 

Excellent video quality, a broad feature set, and decent photos make the Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 an excellent choice for those seeking a compact MiniDV camcorder. Navigating the small touch screen may encourage you to stick with its automatic features,...

Sharp, colourful video ; Compact size ; Decent photo quality

Poor battery life ; Cumbersome menus poorly matched with the small touch-screen LCD

Photo quality is also better than a camcorder typically produces. The DCR-HC96's 3-megapixel images look sharp and detailed, with accurate colour reproduction and a low level of noise. However, the images are somewhat soft, and with a lack of detail...

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: Vadim (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 

Among SD cameras in this price SONY HC96E is the best!

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: demarren (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 

Realy good camera

Exelent low light movies ; The best I saw so far ; good in good light ; The review is Exelent

Like the review say,baterie live is not great

May, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

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

Camera

Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12cm
Height:9.1cm
Weight:0.5kg/460g
Width:7.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC96/HC96E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:3.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.1Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Cable Type:Stereo AV, USB
Expansion slots:Picture Package\n
Fader:Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Random Dot
I/O ports:Audio In,\nAudio Out,\ni.LINK (DV) In,\ni.LINK (DV) Out,\nS-Video In,\nS-Video Out,\nUSB,\nVideo In,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Resolution:2016 x 1512

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/3500

Storage

Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:MPEG1

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Delayed Motion / Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12
Height :9.1
Weight:460
Width:7.2