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4.6 out of 10

Sony DCR-HC32

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Sony Handycam HC32

Digital Photography Interface
14 August 2005
  • 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
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Overall 5

Expert Review

Easy Camcorder
31 December 2004
  • 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.
  • Pros: -Automatic controls, -LCD, -Zoom toggles
  • Cons: -Manual controls, -Low light, -Menu, -Portability
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
13 June 2005
  • Summary: One of the most stylish consumer camcorders around. With the useful docking station, the DCRHC32 is an ideal option for anyone wanting to work with their video on the PC.
  • Pros: Build quality, useful docking station, touch screen control
  • Cons: Still images are only VGA quality, no FireWire cable supplied for use away from the docking station
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