Sony HDR-HC5E reviews: MiniDV storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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9.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews.
Sony HDR-HC5E: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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Shaun, Greenock video editor

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
recording on to DV tape
Bad points:
manual control not easy to get to
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2008

Al, Medway

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Awesome picture quality. Lightweight and discrete. Great 'B' or 'C' camera for indie film shoots.
Bad points:
Mic input is available as an accessory but no mic level set.
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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2008

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 2304x1728
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections Firewire
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 80
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/425
Weight (g) 530
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.9
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 50.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 594
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2007-03-02

Also known as: Sony HDRHC5E, Sony Handycam, Sony HD, Sony HDR HC5E

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Manufacturer's Description

The handy size and lightweight HDV1080i High Definition Handycam® with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens and a HDMI connection. It now comes with i.LINK cable to be editing-ready.

  1. HDV 1080i Format
  2. Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T*
  3. ClearVid CMOS Sensor for optimum image quality
  4. x.v.Colour mode for more vivid, lively and true colour
  5. HDV editing package supplied: i.LINK cable/ HDV editing software
  6. STAMINA up to 7 hours 20 minutes (with optional battery)
  7. 4 Megapixel still image recording and 2 Megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies
  8. 10x optical zoom / 80x digital zoom
  9. Super SteadyShot
  10. Enhanced Imaging Processor
  11. 2.7" Wide, “Clear Photo LCD plus” screen with touch panel
  12. Wide Colour Viewfinder
  13. HDMI output for HD ready TV
  14. i.LINK input / output for HDV and DV
  15. USB 2.0 (Full-speed)
  16. HDV / DV recording switchability
  17. Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage
  18. Usage Guide function on LCD screen
  19. Battery Info
  20. Auto Lens Cover

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