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Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 548 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. 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. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 from 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 Comments about the usability and color are on the whole positive. The portability and size are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the durability.

size, portability, color, usability


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HVR-A1E Pro Digital CamcorderSony HVR-A1E Pro Digital Camcorder

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-HC1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-HC1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and usability also get good comments. Reviews about the memory and design are different. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

portability, usability, price, image quality, size

durability, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony Professional HVR-A1U CMOS High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2018

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Easy to use, many good features


It's been 16 years since I bought a video camera, so it was time to upgrade. I bought the Sony camcorder from Sony Australia's online shop. Delivery- 2 days. I wanted to film some steam trains passing my place and this camera didn't disappoint. This...

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:LC-AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):3.16
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM50
Battery voltage:3.6
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Number of Batteries Supported:1
Run Time (Up To):85min

Camcorder Features

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


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show / single image, slide show
Image processor:BIONZ / BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:3 / 6 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Playback zoom (max):N
Progressive Scan: Yes
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash


Colour of product:Black
Tripod mountable: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200
Display resolution (numeric):123200 / 230000
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Built-in Flash:No / Y
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB


Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony/Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.9 / 9.2
Effective megapixels (movie):2.29
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3 / 25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.1 / 2.97 / 3 / 8.9 / 9.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:10 / 120 / 320 / 350
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26.8 - 804 / 29.8 - 804
Focal length range (f-f):1.9 - 57 / 2.1 - 57 / 5.1 - 51
Image stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:51mm
Maximum aperture number:4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):116.5 / 80.4 / 98.4
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 1.9
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.68 / 2.98
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 27 / 30
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Scene modes:Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset


Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel/2.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.2Mpix/1.98Mpix/2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.97Mpix/3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Other features

Audio output:1
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK(DV)In/Out, S-Video Out, USB Terminal, Video Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Power consumption (typical):6.2
Power requirements:8.4 V / 7.2 V / AC-L15
Resolution:1920 x 1440
USB 2.0 connectors:1
Windows operating systems supported: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, Component, USB
Hand strap: Yes
Included memory card size:0.016
Memory Card Included:MS Duo

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
HDMI:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Pro Camcorder Features



Built-in projector: Yes
Native Resolution:640 x 360
Projector brightness:13
Screen size compatibility:0 - 2540


Camera shutter speed:0.03 / 0.03 - 0.0001 / 1/2-1/10000 / 1/8 - 1/100000
Camera shutter type:Electronic
Shutter speed (video):0.0001

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1440 / 3984 x 2240 / 4032 x 2272
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240 / 4032x2272, 1920x1080, 3024x2272


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:DVCAM, HDV / HDV / No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Duo / MS Micro (M2), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Technical Details

Lens cover included: Yes
Self-timer: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD / HD Ready
Maximum frame rate:25 / 50
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1440
Supported video modes:1080i, 576i, 576p / 1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4 / H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:252000
Viewfinder screen size:0.54
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.7 / 11.9 / 18.8 / 19.1
Height :10.3 / 5.7 / 5.95 / 9.4
Weight:178 / 190 / 210 / 670 / 680
Width:5.25 / 5.7 / 5.8 / 7.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, Push / Auto, Outdoor