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Sony DCR-HC35 Handycam Mini DV camcorder [ Carl Zeiss, 20 x optical, 2.5" screen, DV in] (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Amazon recommended alternative Sony DCR-HC37 Handycam Mini DV Camcorder
  • 8000,000 pixels advanced HAD CCD
  • 20X Optical zoom
  • 800X Digital zoom
  • 2.5 inch LCD screen with touch panel
  • Super SteadyShot
  • Spot Metre, Spot Focus
  • Carl Zeiss Lens
  • Handycam station
  • i.LINK" (DV in / out)
  • 2nd Start / Stop REC button on LCD frame
  • 2nd Zoom button on LCD frame
  • Direct Access to Click to DVD
  • Advanced USB Streaming (video CD burning)
  • NightShot Plus
  • 6 Picture effects
  • 6 Programme AE
  • Easy handycam
  • Battery Info
  • Stamina up to 9 hours (with optional battery)

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DCRHC35E
  • ASIN: B000E3UV7U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,573 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • Sony DCRHC35 Mini DV camcorder
  • AC-L25 AC Adaptor
  • AV Cable Stereo AV
  • Lens Cap
  • NP-FP30 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Picture Package Editing Software
  • USB Cable
  • USB Driver
  • Wireless Remote Comander RMT-830
  • Product Description

    All the features of HC24 plus a Handycam station that means you are always connected to your TV or PC and charges your camcorder as well....

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    132 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. MORRIS on 20 July 2006
    I'd read all these reviews and decided that yes, it sounded good, I'd take the plunge into video. I knew nothing about MiniDV or any other video formats come to that, but decided to have a go...

    And having used it for about 2 weeks...

    It's an amazing amount of technology for comparatively very little money. It will give you hours of memories simply due to its ease of use. Just over £200 barely gets you half-decent digital camera, let alone a camcorder. An excellent starting point for the likes of me, an innocent in the world of digital video.


    . Very easy to use. Very decent results.

    . Video quality viewed through the tv when connected to the supplied 'Handycam station' using the supplied cable/scart adapter is very good. And the supplied remote control comes in useful here too.

    . Good sound quality.

    . Well designed and well thought-out throughout.

    . x20 optical zoom is plenty, but also has an x800 digital zoom for filming moon landings and the like...

    Along with the camcorder I bought a Hama Star 8 Monopod which is quick and easy to use, great for reducing camera shake generally and especially when using the zoom (the heavier the monopod the better, this camcorder is very small and very light).

    The DCRHC35 is an amazing piece of kit for the money but it's not without its shortcomings.

    How well or badly the Sony DCRHC35 fares in comparison to other camcorders on the market, I couldn't say. You get what you pay for?


    . Supplied software is not good. Very basic.

    . Supplied user manual is not very detailed in some areas e.g. on transferring video to your pc.
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    204 of 205 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2006
    - Exceptionally Small
    - Sexy Curvatious Design
    - Image Stabilization
    - 2.5 Inch Touch Screen LCD
    - Carl Zeiss Lens
    - Easy Mode
    - Excellent Value
    - May be too small
    - Image Stabilization makes video unclear when zoomed in too much
    Sony's has definitely outdone itself with its new batch of 2006 camcorders. It is very rare that you find a sexy little camcorder for just a little over £250 nowadays which is why I chose the DCR-HC35.
    What I didn't realize was how small this camcorder actually is! It fits snugly into the palm of your hand and is great for portability, whether it be a childrens birthday or your next exotic holiday. This fitted with a 2.5 inch touch screen LCD and Image Stabilization makes this the perfect camera for its price. It also comes with a pretty nifty docking station which has usually only come with Sony camcorders above £300. Furthermore, the camera comes with a handy 'easy' mode that optimises the camera's functions to the bare essentials, allowing for ease-of-use for inexperienced users. The camcorder records with MiniDV tapes using the superior Carl-Zeiss lens and can also be connected to your PC via USB or Firewire, allowing you to burn video to DVD.
    If I was to mention a negative aspect, I would say the camcorders small size may hinder its performance due to the fact that recordings may be prone to 'shaky hand syndrome'. On the other hand, there are much smaller camcorders on the market today plus this camera comes with a hand strap and Image Stabilization making this a picky minimal issue. Furthermore, I have found that the Image Stabilization causes an unclear picture when zoomed in too much.
    Although image quality will never be HD quality, the features that come jam packed into the HC35 make it probably the best value camcorder on the market today.
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    49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. WALKER on 19 Oct 2006
    This Sony DCR-HC35 camcorder is the size of my palm. The battery is about the size of a matchbox! A cup of coffee probably weighs more than the camcorder with everything attached.

    Watch out regarding the bag to go with it. I mistakenly chose to buy the LCS-VA5 high grade soft carry case. The case weighs about twice the camcorder (yes it is high grade). The case is also far larger than this camcorder deserves.

    Supplied battery lasts approx. 45 mins. So make sure to buy an additional battery like the NP-FP90 which should last about 250 mins. Times given with LCD screen so are usual for most people. I intend to use the high capacity battery and keep the other charged for emergency overruns.

    I find that lack of DV cable annoying. You do get USB 2.0 cable but even though data rate should be suitable picture quality not as good.

    Battery is charged on the camera. Either in cradle or without. Unlike other models I've had in the past. Depending on your needs you might want a separate charger back at base for the other battery.

    Camcorder dosen't take lights, memory sticks, external microphones. Lens is covered using a lens cap. No automatic shutter style cover. Probably a good idea to get a UV or polarising lens as additional protection.
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    139 of 141 people found the following review helpful By N. Thacker on 14 Mar 2006
    ok so £250 doesn't get you much nowadays and so I was astonished to find this great little camcorder on amazon at this great price.
    I have been looking around for a minidv camcorder for a while and decided to go for the Sony HC19 (after reading every review available) but found that it had just been discontinued - i've had Canon and JVC camcorders before but they always seem to last a year and something breaks - so Sony was the only way forward.
    This camcorder is the replacement for the HC19 and is even smaller and packed with more features (touch-panel LCD, DV in\out, image stabiliser, docking station etc) and the picture quality via the infamous Carl-Zeiss lens has got rave reviews.
    As with all camcorders there use is rare but so far it has performed well in all conditions and feels much more expensive than a paltry £250 camcorder.
    Worthy of anyones 250 pounds - go buy one.
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