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Sony HDR-HC5E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the color. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC5E 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 HDR-HC5E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E 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 price. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. The reliability and portability get less positive comments, and there are some mixed opinions about the design.

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portability, reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC5 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD ScreenSony HDR-HC5 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC5E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and price. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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reliability

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC5 4MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC5 4MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ben Russell (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC5E

 

Sony's HDR-HC5E MiniDV handycam is labelled as a "hi-def" camera, and while it certainly does deliver video in impressive 1080i resolution, it's impor...

HD 1080i recording, great battery life and feature set

Expensive, colour representation lacking in some areas

The HDR-HC5E is a quality product, but it comes at a price. Despite a few flaws with colours, this camera performs very well in comparison to most camcorders. For those who can afford it, it's a great unit.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC5

 

This upgrade to the HDR-HC3 has been dressed in some shiny finery and given a price cut to boot.

Outlook The HDR-HC5 is essentially an HDR-HC3 with a better battery, shinier exterior and a lower price. If you're in the market for a HDV camera but can stretch to AU$2,299, there's the HDR-HC7. For your extra moolah you get more pixels, optical image...

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: rajesh.prabhu (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC5

 

Sony HDR-HC5 is really a worth for price you spent. Only issue is with space when you convert/transfer your video to computer. Picture quality is amazing. so u have pros and cons like you cant expect all good qualities in women you dream.

Very good quality because of HD/CMOS and Mini DV tapes. Battery life is good. 4Mpixel quality is reasonable for still pictures

It eats up 40GB for 1hr video. also you need a blue ray or HD burner to write and read as well.. Boring touch is good technology but time consuming ; Sony telecom support is really bad. Dependency always on sony products like laptop/burner

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Minimum illumination:2
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.4cm
Height:8.2cm
Weight:0.53kg/0.6kg
Width:8.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC5/HDR-HC5E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):50.5 - 594
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:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Mpix
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

Flash:0.3-2.5
Focus:1.8-2.9
I/O ports:Audio In\nAudio Out\nVideo Out\nUSB In\nUSB Out\nComponent Video Out\nHDMI Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
HDMI: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2-1/425

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
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 / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarisation / Still / Trail/Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder:123.2
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4
Height :8.2
Weight:530
Width:8.2