Excerpt: The Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 is a compact MiniDV camcorder with a 2.5 inch LCD screen. It comes equipped with a state-of-the-art, professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, which offers advanced optical multi-layer coating to decrease glare and increase visual contrast. The Sony Handycam DCR-HC36 comes with several pre-programmed film settings, allowing for simple toggling between film modes and settings.
Excerpt: In a world of rapidly burgeoning technology, the Sony DCR-HC36 ($400 MSRP) opts for the safe route. The HC36 and Sonyâ€™s entry-level HC26 share numerous core elements such as a standard 1/6â€� CCD chip, touch screen menu, limited manual controls, and budget construction. The only difference between the HC36 and the HC26 is a remote and the ability to capture stills at 640x480, which arenâ€™t enticing upgrades by any means.
Pros: -Easy to use, -Small, compact design, -Good automatic features
Cons: -Poor video quality, -Limited manual controls, -Feels cheap
Conclusion: Photo Capabilities The DCR-HC36 has a built-in digital still camera, with the ability to save digital stills to a memory stick rather than the camcorder cassette tape. A dedicated digital still camera usually means decent quality prints, but in the case of the DCR-HC36 the stills are only 640 x 480. Photos at that resolution are no large enough to make decent resolution prints bigger than a wallet size.