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Sony DCR-HC36

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At approximately $400, the Sony DCR-HC36 is priced $50 more than its entry level offering. The problem with this is that the DCR-HC36 does not offer many benefits and features that the DCR-HC26 is lacking. For this reason, Sony will be hard pressed to sell the fact that the DCR-HC36 is a better purchase. With that in mind, this is still a model that you would be able to use happily for many years to come.

There are only two upgrades that this model offers over the DCR-HC26; a remote control and the ab…

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At approximately $400, the Sony DCR-HC36 is priced $50 more than its entry level offering. The problem with this is that the DCR-HC36 does not offer many benefits and features that the DCR-HC26 is lacking. For this reason, Sony will be hard pressed to sell the fact that the DCR-HC36 is a better purchase. With that in mind, this is still a model that you would be able to use happily for many years to come.

There are only two upgrades that this model offers over the DCR-HC26; a remote control and the ability to transfer still 640 x 480 photos to a memory stick. For most consumers, these two added features are not worth the money. In most cases you will never have the chance to use the remote control, and since you can only transfer small photos there is really no point in doing so.

The DCR-HC36 is equipped with a 1/6” chip that does not wow in any way, shape, or form. In fact, at 3000 lux image quality was well below average. Additionally, there was some noise that makes things even more frustrating. Although this is to be expected in this price range, there are some competitors that much sharper images with more vibrant colors.

As far as the ability to handle the DCR-HC36, you will never be disappointed. It is easy to carry this camcorder with you, and is equally as easy to film with. There is even an easy button on the side of this model that in one press allows you to begin shooting in full auto mode.

Sony is going to have a hard time justifying that the DCR-HC36 is worth the money when compared to the entry level DCR-HC26. Fortunately for them, this model is solid enough to draw in novice users who are looking for a quality product.

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