Sony HDR-HC9E reviews: MiniDV storage HD camcorder

13 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

£308 at 1 retailer out of 419 retailers checked

9.1 out of 10 based on 13 reviews.
Sony HDR-HC9E: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Paul, Manchester Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Feature packed and the image quality is superb for both movie and stills.
Bad points:
I cannot think of anything at all bad or lacking!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 31 Jan 2010

Nigel, Morpeth Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality, AF especially peaking facility, exposure control, LCD screen with histogram
Bad points:
Manual control wheel fairly ineffectual, Manufacturer back up worse than useless
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 14 Apr 2010

Derek, Co. Durham semi professional videographer

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
neat camera, picture quality superb
Bad points:
locating menus not easy and a bit fiddly
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2008

Nick , York Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent colour and clear picture.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Mar 2011

Ruth, Worcester Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:

ease of use, fantastic picture quality, long life of battery
Bad points:
no attachment points for strap to hang around neck when not using a tripod
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Mar 2010

Michael, Halifax Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and the build quality is fantastic
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 03 Feb 2010

Tim, West Sussex Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Being able to take still photo's whilst taking video film. Good low light results.
Bad points:
Sometimes the auto focus takes a long time to initially focus. This camera was purchased to replace a Sony DCR-PC350E which is both lighter and easier to use.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 02 Feb 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 2848x2136
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format MiniDV
Connections USB
Connections Firewire
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 20
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/425
Weight (g) 550
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) 505
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-02-26

Also known as: Sony HDRHC9E, HDR-HC9, Sony HDR HC9E, Sony Handycam

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Manufacturer's Description

Very high quality video and still imaging plus advanced manual features.

  1. Full HD 1080 video recording on affordable DV tape (HDV format)
  2. Up to 1 hour HD recording plus playback compatibility with Standard Definition DV tape
  3. ClearVid CMOS sensor for superb picture quality and higher sensitivity
  4. Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical zoom / 20x digital zoom
  5. Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation for improved still image and video stability, especially in low light
  6. x.v.Colour mode for vivid, lifelike colours
  7. 6 megapixel still photo recording onto removable Memory Stick
  8. Dual Rec (simultaneous 4.6 megapixel still photo during video recording)
  9. 2.7” Wide Clear Photo LCD Plus easy to use touchscreen
  10. Wide colour viewfinder
  11. Start/Stop and Zoom buttons on LCD screen frame
  12. Advanced manual functions – Spot Meter and Focus, Peaking, Centre Marker, Manual Focus (Infinity)
  13. HDMI™/component connector for enjoying HD video on HD ready TV
  14. PhotoTV HD output for optimised still photo display on compatible BRAVIA TV
  15. Up to 6 hours STAMINA continuous shooting time (with optional battery)
  16. HDV/DV (i.LINK) connection (in/out) for video editing with connected PC
  17. Supplied lens hood reduces glare for video enthusiasts
  18. Fun, easy to use Picture Motion Browser software with web upload assist function

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