Sony HDR-HC1 Review

Category: Digital Video Cameras - Date: January 13, 2006

Sony Handycam HD Camcorder

Overall Rating

Sony HDR-HC1 MiniDV Camcorder Review Introduction

Sony introduces the world’s smallest and lightest high definition consumer camcorder with full HD resolution based on HDV 1080i, the Sony Handycam HDR-HC1. The ultra-compact HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder delivers high-definition picture quality and lighting detail on both video and digital still images.

Sony HDR-HC1 MiniDV Camcorder Design

The ultra-compact HDR-HC1 Handycam camcorder fits comfortably in your hand.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 2 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ (71 x 94 x 88mm).
Weight: 1 lb 7 oz (without tape or battery)

Sony HDR-HC1 MiniDV Camcorder Features

Sony’s HDR-HC1 Handycam is an incredibly small, lightweight digital camcorder that still fits all the tools and features you need. This ultra-compact device fits comfortably in your hand, while delivering the best in image quality, control and connectivity.
It features:
1080i high definition video recording and playback
1/3″ CMOS sensor with the Enhanced Imaging Processor
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10x optical and 120x digital zoom
2.7″ wide (16:9) hybrid touch panel Swivel screen LCD display
Super Steady shot Stabilization

Sony HDR-HC1 MiniDV Camcorder Performance

The HDR-HC1 also features a 2.7-inch wide hybrid, touch-panel LCD screen to access menu options. You can switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios (in DV mode) to see exactly how your content will be viewed on television. Other convenient features include fully automatic controls, a built-in microphone for audio quality, an intelligent pop-up flash, and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. You can even record your own high definition video in complete darkness with Sony’s Super NightShot Infrared System, which adds the greatest amount of range and detail to your images in low- to no-light conditions.

What’s included in the package

Supplied Accessories: Power Adaptor. In Camera Charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM50), Wireless Remote Commander Remote Control (RMT-831), Lens Hood, Lens Cap, A/V Cable, Component Video Cable, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Memory Stick Duo Media – 16MB.


The 1/3-inch CMOS sensor provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution in SD Mode) and still image performance. Unlike traditional CCD imagers, CMOS sensors require less power,
providing better battery performance. Sony’s HDR-HC1 camcorder is the industry’s smallest and lightest HDV1080i consumer level camcorder and player. Now you can record all your memories in true high-definition video. The HDR-HC1 is capable of recording and playing back both high definition and standard definition video recorded on a standard MiniDV cassette.

One Response to “Sony HDR-HC1 Review”

  1. jurgen Says:

    The camera is good kwality but why the high price