Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 Video
Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that'sworth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.
Capturing video on MiniDV cassettes and 3-megapixel stills on a Memory Stick Duo card, the DCR-HC96 comes in at the top of Sony's HC tape-based consumer camcorder line.
The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power, and features for a bargain-basement camcorder.
The DCR-HC85 is easy to use and compact, but we expect better video quality from a camcorder in its class.
Like many lower-end camcorders, the Sony Handycam DCR-HC32 has trouble keeping noise out of the picture. But that's the only real problem with this affordable, feature-packed model.
Pat Houston takes a first look at Sony's camcorder, the HC90.
Pat Houston checks out the color viewfinder in Sony's HC42 camcorder.
The DCR-HC40's touch screen can be inconvenient to use, but this affordable compact camcorder's footage in automatic mode isn't likely to need many adjustments.
The Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or have large hands and therefore could benefit from the extra grip the hard drive provides, the cheaper and nearly identical flash-based CX550V is a better deal.
If you're ready to make the move to 16:9 videography or want to shoot a lot of romantically lit scenes, look no further than Sony's top-of-the-line single-chip Handycam.
Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 Review
The good: Very compact size; lightweight; easy to use; low price.
The bad: Mediocre video quality; short battery life; no accessory shoe; low-quality stills.
The bottom line: Unless this camcorder's low-resolution, low-quality stills are important to you, you might as well go for Sony's less expensive DCR-HC26.
Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 Specs
Part number: DCR-HC36
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