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4.6 out of 10

Sony DCR-HC26

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Sony DCR-HC26 Review

4 May 2006
  • Conclusion: The auto white balance on camcorders doesn't always give you the look you want in your video. A manual white balance is an important feature to have in any camcorder you buy.
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Overall 5

Sony Handycam DCR-HC26

8 April 2006
  • Summary: The Sony DCR-HC26 provides impressive size, zoom power, and features for a bargain-basement camcorder, but its substandard video quality is disappointing.
  • Pros: Extremely compact; lightweight; low price; very easy to use; top-loading tape compartment.
  • Cons: Poor video quality; short battery life; no accessory shoe; no memory slot for photo capture.
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Overall 5

Expert Review

Easy Camcorder
14 March 2006
  • Excerpt: The Sony DCR-HC26 is similar to the HC21, this camcorder's predecessor; however, there are several features missing from this 2006 model in comparison. The DCR-HC26 is the lowest priced model currently sold by Sony and the price is reflected in its poor image quality and minimal control options. Selling for $350, the DCR-HC26 is slightly more expensive than most budget 1 chip models.
  • Pros: - Simple Easy Mode for beginners, - Lowest priced Sony on the market
  • Cons: - Poorly designed touch screen menu structure, - Limited manual control will minimize the possibility to adapt to more controls over time, - Low image quality in both strong and low light, - Loss of cold shoe from the DCR-HC21
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