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Sony DCR-HC38

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Overall 8
8.0

Works as expected

Segret, Amazon
29 January 2013
  • Summary: Bought this to download mini DV tapes from years past. It's working great.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony minicam

Coach 14, Amazon
3 October 2012
  • Summary: The Sony minicam that we ordered work very well. We use it to capture video for sports analysis. To do this we need a minicam that has a FireWire port. The camera that we ordered was shown with the port and came properly packed and in good working order. It included a note from the vendor that if we had any problem with it, return it within 30 days. The unit is working well and we are very pleased with our purchase.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pretty awesome

dllo3649, Ebay
25 January 2011
  • Summary: Great Camera! I primarily use mine for ghost hunting, and this camera definitely fits my needs. Nightshot works good, though, I do wish there was more infrared light. For what it is, it's pretty good, but in no light situations, it's not great. That, however, is a problem that can be overlooked. The only other problem I've found so far, is that according to Geek Squad and others, Mini-DV is obsolete. So finding transfer USB cables can be hassle.
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Overall 8
8.0

"Bang for the Buck!"

MrMurder, CNET
28 May 2009
  • Pros: Cheap, touchscreen, nice design, outstanding video quality (it's a Sony).
  • Cons: No HD video, older MPEG format, accentuates orange saturation a little bit.
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Overall 7
7.0

"good hardware issues with software"

mikehenriquez, CNET
27 May 2009
  • Pros: good solid design, great zoom (40x), good video definition (for the price), great price (about $350 plus $35 for the case), touchscreen.
  • Cons: software: touchscreen menu is hard to master and it keeps having problems with windos movie maker and LIVE movie maker, you need to buy firewire cable and PCI card since USB doesn´t wor with vista (about $30 for both), small screen
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony DCR-HC38 Review

S. Shaver, Amazon
30 March 2008
  • Summary: Great value, easy to use. Good quality video, can't beat the 40X and features. I would recommend this camcorder to anyone looking for a quality, easy to use product on a low budget. But don't be fooled by the price, this camcorder has a better quality picture than my JVC that I paid $700.00 for three years ago.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Camera for the Money

F. Banfell "Mullet Master", Amazon
13 February 2008
  • Summary: I bought this camera as I wanted one that was easily carried because I travel a great deal. I read all the reviews prior to buying it and it has lived up to my expectations and the quality of the videos taken is excellent. I had second thoughts about it not having a light but it takes good videos in low ambient light conditions and the "night shot" feature works well. It is a very user friendly camera right out of the box.
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Overall 8
8.0

Not a bad deal

Ally, Amazon
7 January 2008
  • Summary: I had researched for 2 weeks before I made a purchase on this video camera. I was started to look for one using USB connection but the picture quality is not what I wanted. I came across with the HD type as well but according to what I read it may not have the quality I wanted and the disk space usually save up to only 30 mins of good quality video. Anyway I back to the basic and get a Mini DV. In short I brought this according to all different review.
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid Camcorder

Douglas J. Barnum "Technical Wizard", Amazon
22 December 2007
  • Summary: This is the second camcorder I've owned and third I've used. I am amazed at how lightweight the unit is that it's possible to record a whole fifth graders band concert without feeling one's arm will fall off! I also use Linux at home on my personal computer and the camcorder just worked via the "firewire" (IEEE 1394) connection. This is a very important feature for me. So far it has performed flawlessly.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good, But Upgrading!

C. Noble "cherNoble", Amazon
25 November 2007
  • Summary: Well, I purchased this product refurbished around a month ago. I carried this baby around with me and made multiple films in the breif period of time. I could not love a human child more than i loved this camera. But about a week ago, the camera would no longer turn on. I hope this does not discorage any potential buyers, i think that it may have been a problem with a refurbished product.
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