|Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 High Definition MiniDV Digital Camcorder - NTSC - L@@K|
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|UPC||0027242688599, 086753091267, 272426885992, 3606505501775, 411378031792, 4905524333763, 4905524333787, 5055365843439|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Mini DV (HDV)|
|Sensor Type||CMOS, ClearVid CMOS|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||5.1mm - 51mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||30 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Manufacturer||Carl Zeiss|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/425 sec|
|Min Illumination||5 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/2 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Effective Flash Range||0.5 m - 2.5 m|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x HDMI, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x USB, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo|
|Run Time Up To||Up To 80 min|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Sony NP-FM50|
|Effective Still Resolution||2.0 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||2.0 MP|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, DPOF Support, PictBridge Support, Still Shot Capability, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, Touch-Screen Control, accessories hot shoe, progressive scanning|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
"Excellent video quality; compact; supports both HD and DV resolutions; decent still photos."
"No microphone jack; no 24p support; HDV editing and distribution options are limited."
"Though significantly cheaper than Sony's previous consumer HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 still offers superb HD video quality."
Average review score based on 9 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
One of the best models in the Sony HD camcorder line.
I love this model so much that I HAD to buy this replacement immediately after my old one, which I had had for over 5 years, decided to go for a swim off the side of my boat..
These are superb cameras, the picture quality is amazing, and I am actually glad that the audio is simple stereo, not Dolby 5.1 like some of their other cameras, which is a pain to edit.
I also like being able to just take stills, even whilst filming. The still quality is only 4MP, but that's fine for most uses. I have got some really nice shots.
Because I'm a backup freak and the tapes are pretty cheap, I like being able to keep all of my original DV tapes, although I also back up the original raw footage to DVD/BluRay disks :)
I prefer these cameras to the ones with memory cards, because that's just silly, they don't hold much and and are expensive. These DV tapes hold an hour of footage which is fine with me.
I also prefer this model over those with built in HDs because it is too easy to put off backing up the contents to your PC, then you could lose everything if disaster strikes and you haven't backed up the video in 6 months.
I would have been VERY unhappy when I lost my other camera if I'd lost more than a few minutes of footage since I'd just changed the tape.
Sony HDR-HC3E is the european version of the hc3. Both produce stunning HD quality, however the hc3-e is a PAL camcorder, not an NTSC camcorder. The video produced on this version cannot be played directly on US tvs. Unless you have editing software that can convert PAL to NTSC ( Widely available on line & in upscale editing programs)you should not buy this version of the hc3
unless of course you live in the UK or the continent. Both versions create fantastic video in all lighting conditions, just be aware of the compatibility issues. This unit does play NTSC mini DV tapes The HC3 is my favorite series of Sony HD 1080i camcorders because it records in the HDV high definition format & not the AVCHD format used in the newer cheap HD home movie camcorders, a format which I personally do not like because of it's over compression of video files which can produce video artifacts, and is not recognized by many versions of editing software.
Esta camcorder é exelente! A qualidade da imagem chega a niveis de Broadcast, a opcao de HDMI e Firewire facilitam muito na post production. Unica desvantagem é a falta de uma entrada para microfone externo, somente atravez da sapata para flash, a inteligent hot shoe. Os acessorios sao relativamente baratos e o fato de ela ainda gravar em tape oferece a vantagem do backup automatico do material original. O mecanismo dela é robusto, as fotos gravadas no cartao também sao de otima qualidade, levando em concideracao de que ela tem "apenas" 4 mega pixel...para o uso em uma grua por exemplo, ela oferece a entrada para Lanc, voce pode controlar todas as funcoes da camera por controle remoto via cabo.
This is a great HDV camcorder for the price. Most camcorders are now AVCHD, but I beleve the HDV has better quality. I have both, the AVCHD sometimes shows trails when panning fast, where the HDV does not. The only complaint is, durability. My original one was dropped in the camera bag, and the LCD went bad. I purchsed another used one witch works perfect.
This is a great camera. I bought it for work that I'm doing in Highschool with our AV department. I love the handycam's features and capabilities. The HD is fantastic. I would recommend this handycam to anyone.