Conclusion: The Sony Handycam HC32 is a great and affordable camcorder which has some superb features such as 20x optical zoom and a touch screen LCD, both normally found on more expensive models. Despite having that and more, there were still several things that did not impress me, including the excessive noise coming from the tape system.
Pros: 20x optical zoom, A variety of accessories, Compact and stylish, Remote control included, Touch screen LCD, Non-stretched 16:9 mode (Just zoomed in), Ability to swap batteries while having tripod attached, Fast zooming (For a 20x lens), Great video quality, Affordable
Cons: Easy to lose grip at times, Black and white viewfinder, Requires battery in order to swap tapes, Cannot swap tapes while on tripod, Fairly loud tape system (I don't even need to use software or an amplifier to hear it), Not very user friendly camcorder-to-PC transferring, Software required for transferring, No USB 2.0 high-speed
Excerpt: The Sony DCR-HC32 is the middle-of-the-road model from Sony’s low-end HC series. Everything is middling about this camcorder, in fact. At around $420, we wish it could perform a little bit better. The camcorder definitely has a leg up over the lowest-end DCR-HC21, with a touch screen, MemoryStick Duo capability, a Handycam station for outputting signals, and digital to analog pass-through.