Sony DCR-HC62 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.2 out of 10 based on 26 reviews.
Sony DCR-HC62: Horizontally held, 25x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick card. See full product description
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Bill, Retford Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use with good menu.. Can record back onto cassette after editing.
Bad points:
MUST HAVE A FIRE-WIRE CONNECTION!!!! I did not so had to have one fitted but even then have not managed to upload filming onto computer successfully (probably down to me). Screen reflective in high sunlight
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 25 Apr 2010

John, Ballymena Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use,brilliant quality and value for money.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2009

Neil, Ellington Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use. Very easy to access menu for any changes. So far used it on holiday and had excellent results just as a point and shoot sort of camera. But there is a whole host of other facilities to use.
Bad points:
Not found any so far. Still shots are rather poor being only 1 mega pixel but I bought it as a video . I have a still camera for those images
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 19 Jun 2010

peter, ipswich Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Good image quality, for a tape-based camcorder, when the light is good. Sound reasonable. Works on an apple mac.
Bad points:
Image quality deteriorates in low light, with marked 'noise' and artefacts. Auto-focusing slow.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 10 Feb 2010

DAVID, BANGOR Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
cheap easy to use and good quality images
Bad points:
noise from tape mechanism can be heard on recordings
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 06 Feb 2010

Michael, Edinburgh Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
My main reason for purchase is the Eye Level Viewfinder which is a great help in following distant moving subjects.
The ability to take still pictures either while filming or playing -back is a useful addition too.
Bad points:
A larger capacity battery provided with the camera would be an improvement.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 02 Feb 2010

Purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Tape based video excellent for editing
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 01 Feb 2010

This Sony DCR-HC62 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Resolution (Pixels) 1152x864
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 25
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Type of memory card Memory Stick
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3500
Weight (g) 390
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 41
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1189
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2008-02-20

Also known as: SONY HC62, Sony DCRHC62E, DCR-HC62, Sony Handycam, Sony DCR-HC62E

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Manufacturer's Description

Fun, affordable shooting with crisp video and still image quality.

  1. Standard Definition video recording on affordable DV tape
  2. 1 megapixel CCD sensor
  3. Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 25x optical zoom / 2000x digital zoom
  4. Super SteadyShot for improved still image and video stability, especially in low light
  5. 1 megapixel still image recording onto removable Memory Stick
  6. 2.7” Wide LCD touchscreen
  7. Wide colour viewfinder
  8. Start / Stop and Zoom buttons on LCD screen frame
  9. Up to 10 hrs STAMINA continuous shooting time (with optional battery)
  10. DV (i.LINK) connection (in/out) for video editing with connected PC
  11. USB streaming for webcam use
  12. Fun, easy to use Picture Motion Browser software with web upload assist function

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