Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 Video
Sony's top midlevel MiniDV camcorder delivers quality video that'sworth the step up from its less-expensive siblings.
Unless this camcorder's low-resolution, low-quality stills are importantto you, you might as well go for Sony's less-expensive DCR-HC26.
At CES 2007, we take a look at the Sony HDR-HC7 Handycam. This tape-based camcorder films in 1080i resolution, takes 6-megapixel photos, and comes with an easy-to-use menu system.
The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power, and features for a bargain-basement camcorder.
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.
The DCR-HC85 is easy to use and compact, but we expect better video quality from a camcorder in its class.
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.
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-HC96 Review
The good: Sharp, colorful video; compact size; decent photo quality.
The bad: Poor battery life; cumbersome menus poorly matched with the small touch-screen LCD.
The bottom line: Excellent video quality, a broad feature set, and decent photos make the Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 an excellent choice for those seeking a compact MiniDV camcorder. Navigating the small touch screen may encourage you to stick with its automatic features, however.
Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 Specs
Part number: DCR-HC96
- Product Specifications
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