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Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP :
The short editorial description of Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP

HDR-HC1 High Definition Video Handycam with 2.97 Megapixels CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T lens and a host of manual features

Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP:
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The handy size and lightweight HDV1080i camcorder. High Definition Video Handycam with 2.97 Megapixels CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T lens and a host of manual features.

- HDV Format
- HDV / DV recording switchability
- 2.97 Megapixels CMOS sensor
- Enhanced Imaging Processor
- Primary colour filter
- Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T
- 10x optical zoom
- 1440 x 1080 HDV video resolution
- 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD with touch panel
- Wide Colour Viewfinder
- Manual zoom and focus ring
- Expanded focus / Peaking
- Zebra pattern / Histogram indicator
- Soft skin tone and Cinema effect
- Shot transition
- Stamina up to 5h with optional battery
- i.LINK in / out
- Video, S-video and component output
- Active Interface Shoe
Short summary description Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP:
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Sony HDR-HC1, 2.97 MP, 25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3"), 10x, 120x, 5.1 - 51 mm, 3.7 cm
Long summary description Sony HDR-HC1 2.97MP :

Sony HDR-HC1. Total megapixels: 2.97 MP, Optical sensor size: 25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3"). Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 120x, Focal length range (f-f): 5.1 - 51 mm. Camcorder tape type: HDV. Camera shutter speed: 1/2-1/10000. Display diagonal: 6.86 cm (2.7"), Display: LCD

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
2.97 MP
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3")
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
5.1 - 51 mm
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
3.7 cm
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Built-in flash *
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
6.86 cm (2.7")
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
Viewfinder resolution
252000 pixels
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
7 lx
Playback zoom (max)
Built-in microphone
Microphone that is found inside the product.
Built-in speaker(s)
The device contains speaker(s) to produce sound.
Ports & interfaces
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
S-Video in
Battery type
Description of battery supplied with the product, such battery form factor (e.g. AA/AAA).
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
71 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
188 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
94 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
680 g
Other features
1920 x 1440 pixels
Power requirements
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
Audio Out, i.LINK(DV)In/Out, S-Video Out, USB Terminal, Video Out
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 25 expert reviews for Sony HDR-HC1 and the average expert rating is 84 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Sonys first CMOS based consumer HD camera brings control and fidelity to images in a package thats hard to beat.
Awesome high-definition video quality, particularly in good lighting, and for an unbelievably reasonable price The HDTV revolution could be here sooner than we thought. Just six months ago, Sony brought its first semi-professional, high-definition cam...
Hi-Def TV transmissions still seem so far away, but that doesnt matter now - weve been creating our own HD movies using the compact HC1. Admittedly, our Lego re-enactment of Anakin Skywalker getting his eyebrows burnt off didnt quite have the same...
This is turning into a huge year for camcorders. On the one hand, tape is under threat from DVD and hard-disk-based alternatives. But on the other, it has received a new lease of life from Sonys new HDV (high-definition video) models. The firm is c...
Bottom line The HC1E isnt perfect. The two biggest points against it are that it has a bottom-loading tape mechanism and a Sony-proprietary accessory shoe. But its still an amazing leap forward in video quality for the money. James Morris Lowest online price:...
Sony has scored a real coup with its new HC1. The camcorder has become incredibly popular amongst a broad range of videomakers. I have fielded calls from a wide variety of users, those who are now exchanging an old analogue camcorder for their first di...
Good Picture quality, compactness, control.
Bad Bottom mounted tape loading, potentially needs upgrade of PC / software for HDV editing.
Bottom line Sony has scored a real coup with its new HC1. The camcorder has become incredibly popular amongst a broad range of videomakers. I have fielded calls from a wide variety of users, those who are now exchanging an old analogue camcorder for their first di...
If you want a video camera that will still cut it in ten years time, then Sonys HDR-HC1 is a sensible, if costly choice. Video and TV standards are on the brink of their biggest shake up since the introduction of colour. High Definition, or HD, is...
High-definition (HD) camcorders first became available last year, with Sonys £2,500 HDR-FX1 leading the field. Sony has now introduced the first HD consumer camcorder, the HDR-HC1E. Its a lot cheaper than the FX1, as its based around CMOS rather...
The HDR-HC1 is the little brother of the HDR-FX1, which we reviewed here. It drops the FX1’s 3CCDs in favour of a single CMOS sensor, and shrinks the body size and weight down to that of a traditional consumer handheld. As with the FX1, the model is...
Sonys new HDR-HC1 is the first high-definition video (HDV) camcorder within reach of the consumer videographer.
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