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