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Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 420 reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and size. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder and price. The connectivity and memory get critical reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, size, durability

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the memory. Views are divided on the size.

usability, price, image quality, portability, durability


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC3 High Definition Camcorder [2.0MP, 10 x Optical ) CMOS, 2.7" Widescreen LCDSony HDR-HC3 High Definition Camcorder [2.0MP, 10 x Optical ) CMOS, 2.7" Widescreen LCD

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 205 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC3 / HC3E from 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 People really like the battery and durability. The portability and image quality also get good opinions. Views about the zoom and reliability are different, while some have doubts about the connectivity.

usability, image quality, portability, durability, battery


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC3 4MP High-Definition Handycam MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC3 4MP High-Definition Handycam MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Good Gear (

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

Expert review by: Asher Moses, and Denny Atkin (

Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E


Sony brings HD recording to the rest of us with its latest Handycam, the HDR-HC3E.

Records high quality 1080i HD video ; Compact ; Affordable for a HD camcorder ; Logical button placement ; HDMI and component connectors

Touch screen navigation can be cumbersome ; Difficult to share video without a Blu-ray/HD DVD burner ; No video light ; No microphone jack

Sony rates the HDR-HC3E for 175 minutes of continuous recording time. We found this to be closer to 120 minutes, but of course your results will vary dramatically depending on how frequently you start/stop recording.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Nicole Manktelow (

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. More advanced videographers may be a little frustrated by the manual controls.

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

Sony's copy protection mechanisms add a level of complexity. Presumably these will only affect would-be pirates, but it's worth being aware of limitations when troubleshooting in general. The HDMI connection won't work for output if the camera detects...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: PC Authority (

Sony HDR-HC3


HD camcorders enter the mainstream once and for all. With image quality like this, there's little reason to spend more.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: roadkillcollector (

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder


Excellent video quality.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: jack (

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder


get a vx2000

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: RP (

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder


Sony is pretty much ripping you off on this one. I did "educate" myself prior to purchasing the camera this past December. I purchased the optional DVD recorder that Sony sells with the bundled Nero editing soft ware. Well, the basic Nero wouldn't...

Light weight, easy to use. Picture looks good on a HD monitor, using the camera as your tape player

No support, bundled software, supporting hardware is limited

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: NeK (

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder


Well Nothing wrong with the camara it self. But for editing your HDV I use Pinnacle software and after spending like 4 hours with Transestions and menus. I went to Make Movie and it was going to take over 24Hours to convert into ture HD?????

Great cam corder and easy to use it on your HD-TV

No editing software or support for editing your final HDV

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: nikolas9 (

Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder


lost the manual!!!!.where can I buy another one????


too many functions

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: skywalker (

Sony Handycam HDR-HC3E



Mar, 2007

Product Specifications


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

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Run Time (Up To):80min

Camcorder Features

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


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:5
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:211200
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes

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 / Portrait mode / Scenery / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:16MB


Focus adjustment:Auto


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Image stabilizer: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Maximum aperture number:2.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):48.5
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.13
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Focus:Full Range Auto, Manual
I/O ports:Audio In\nAudio Out\ni.LINK (DV) In\ni.LINK (DV) Out\ni.LINK (MICROMV) In\ni.LINK (MICROMV) Out\nS-Video In\nS-Video Out\nUSB\nVideo In\nVideo Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Media types supported:Memory Stick Duo
Power consumption (typical):8.1
Resolution:2304 x 1728

Packaging Content

Bundled software:USB Driver
Cables included:AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/425

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1728
Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1296, 640 x 480


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Disc types supported: No

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:80
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 / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Still
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123200
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.8

White balance

White Balance:Outdoor, Auto, Indoor