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Sony-dcr-hc40.15940
4.2 out of 10

Sony DCR-HC40

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Reviews and Problems with Sony DCR-HC40

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Overall 2
2.0

Handy Cam purchased does not work properly

santa_dasu, Ebay
1 June 2009
  • Summary: I purchased a sony handycam, here are the issues - Main reason for purchsing this camera was to upload videos thru firewire. I wasted atleast 30 hours debugging why this product is not recognized by computer when connected via firewire port. It still does not work. I tried multiple computers, multiple cables and Windows XP, Vista and Mac with no luck. The same model number that I purchased 3 years ago works. I checked the menu settings menu by menu.
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Overall 2
2.0

Major Problems getting videos from tape to computer or CD/DVD

tahoe trio1, Amazon
21 November 2006
  • Summary: The Picture Package software that comes with these Sony's is terrible - incompatible with most DVD/CD-R writers, meaning that you can't get your video off the MiniDV cassette tapes onto either your computer or a DVD or CD-R. I spent over 10 hours on the phone with Sony and Picture Package tech support, and ultimately learned that it is incompatible with my DVD/CD-R writer (in my Compaq Presario computer), and now am having to try to find some other solution for getting...
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Overall 2
2.0

Screen broke after 7 months

B. Smith, Amazon
24 September 2005
  • Summary: Despite gentle use, the screen has broken after only 7 months. Unfortunately the 1 year warranty only covers parts. The labor costs $216 flat charge (half the price of the camcorder). I thought of Sony as a quality brand.... but no more.
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 2
2.0
Battery performance 2
2.0

My Sony DCR-HC40 Has Same Problems As Others

stfan, epinions.com
11 August 2005
  • Excerpt: Man, am I disappointed in Sony! I would love to use harsher words and foul language, but fear that m
  • Pros: Camera has a good balance of features vs. usability
  • Cons: Camera has apparent design flaws which Sony refuses to manage/own
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 2
2.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

Buyer Beware

mares1, epinions.com
31 July 2005
  • Excerpt: I rec'd this camcorder as a gift for Xmas '04. It was non-functional by May '05, soon after the 90 d
  • Pros: It was nice while it was alive.
  • Cons: SONY=POOR product.
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Overall 2
2.0

Beware of Sony

K. Reiter "kr", Amazon
12 April 2005
  • Summary: My little advice - Beware of Sony. The quality has decreased over past years badly and customer service and technical support is very bad too. Not to mention the warranty plans and costs to fix things. I just owned a nice handycam DCR-TRV19 that died after one year of seldom use. Something that is obvious factory defect (since many people experience exactly the same problem) costs more than half of the camcorders price to fix at sony service.
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 4
4.0
Battery performance 6
6.0

Sony Handycam DCR-HC40

yevgenyma, epinions.com
7 March 2005
  • Excerpt: This camcorder has a defect which makes this model useless. 1) Battery drains quickly 2) The power l
  • Pros: Easy to use
  • Cons: One defect makes this model useless
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Durability 4
4.0
Battery performance 2
2.0

DON'T BUY!!!! Design Problem!

jimarnett, epinions.com
3 March 2005
  • Excerpt: There is a documented problem with some of these camcorders in that they discharge the batteries ove
  • Pros: It fits easily into a trash compactor.
  • Cons: No factory support for a documented problem that disables the camcorder.
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 10
10
Battery performance 6
6.0

Sony Handycam DCR-HC30 (Mini DV)

sarmc007, epinions.com
30 January 2005
  • Excerpt: Also, has charging problems which didn't start until one month after the 6month warranty.
  • Pros: Nice compact camcorder with good picture quality & alright night shot quality
  • Cons: Sony's warranty & customer service
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Overall 2
2.0

design flaw

matt "natureboyuta", Amazon
29 September 2004
  • Summary: i ordered this camera, and was pleased with the feature set and the price. however, the first time i tried to use it, it gave the message "dirty head", and would not record properly. if i turned it off and then on again, it would usually record until i pressed the pause(record) button, and then if i tried to record again, i would get the same message. i wouldn't give a product a bad review on the basis of one bad unit.
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