Conclusion: Though compact and easy to use, the Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam delivers subpar video and still-image quality and lacks some critical features. This makes it difficult to recommend for any class of user.
Pros: Compact design. Easy to use. LCD is visible in direct sunlight.
Cons: Poor video and still-image quality. Lacks analog-to-digital conversion capabilities.
Excerpt: Sony’s DCR-HC20 is the lowest of this year’s DCR-HC models; the DCR-HC30 and DCR-HC40 succeed it. The DCR-HC20 is a stripped-down version of the DCR-HC30. It includes the same CCD, which is a 1/6-inch chip with comparable optical zoom. That said, the DCR-HC20 is a good bet for decent performance from a point-and-shoot camcorder that costs less than the DCR-HC30, albeit with slightly fewer features.