Sony DCR-HC22 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.4 out of 10 based on 37 reviews.
Sony DCR-HC22: Horizontally held, 20x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description

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Kwame, Wanstead

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
the fingertip controls
the sharpness of the image
I love the way it fits perfectly in my hand
Bad points:
seeing black and white through the view finder is not on. Why?
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jul 2009

Anthony, Poynton Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Good LCD touch screen. Easy to use.
Bad points:
The Picture Package software disc that comes with the model is not compatible with Vista or W 7. You need XP or less to be able to download video using a USB connection or a firewire cable. The USB connection is not recognised on the newer Operating Systems? S*o*n*y have not bothered to upgrade the software. There is no support on the S*o*n*y website for this model. I called S*o*n*y Customer Services, they were a waste of time too.There is no support or advice because it will only work on an old Windows Operating System for this product. I bought it in 2006 & already it is out of date. I am stuck with DV tapes I cannot record onto DVD!!
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
love it!
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2005

Confirmed purchaser

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
No iLink or Firewire DV output/input by cable directly from the camera - the docking station MUST be used for Firewire connectivity, which is handy when used at home, but annoying if used with a laptop as you need to carry the docking station around with you. You also cannot transfer DV from the camera whilst it is fitted on a tripod (or any other mount) as it must be fitted on the docking station.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 4.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2005

Les, Waltham Cross

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Really easy to use video camera
Bad points:
Hav,nt used enough yet to give a proper answer
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2005

David, Swaffham, Norfolk

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use
Size and weight
Bad points:
Low light image quality only mediocre
"Night Shot" capability range limited
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Dec 2005

Confirmed purchaser

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
very compact
Bad points:
battery life could last longer, maybe smaller
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2005

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 20
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 800
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Weight (g) 400
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.1
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 880
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2005-02-01

Also known as: SONY HC22, Sony Dcr Hc22, Sony DCR-HC 22, SONY DCR-HC22E

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