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Sony's DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam camcorder stands out with high-end digital imaging features at an affordable price. Super NightShot Plus infrared system enables you to capture natural looking video in low light conditions. The Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to detect and correct camera "shake" for smoother video recording. Tele Macro Mode zooms in for close-up shots to bring out the subject in vivid imagery - making it stand out above the background. This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices.
Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 Camcorder - Silver
pros: Excellent image quality, easy to use
cons: A few strange design deficiencies
A good choice if you're not ready for HD
Although I give this camera four stars, I'm not going to be as enthusiastic about it as some of the... See Full Review
pros: superior video/photo quality, light and compact
cons: Memory Stick Pro/Duo, slow picture taking, high cost
Not perfect... but still worth every penny!
Granted, I'm not a loyal Sony fan. I respect it as a solid brand but don't have the blind trust for... See Full Review
pros: Video is great.
cons: Will not accept a NP-FP90 battery as stated in the manual.
Manual is misleading
I bought this camera to replace my DCR-HC32. Loved my HC32, but wanted better video. Video is great... See Full Review
pros: Great features, picture quality, and ease of use. Good value.
cons: Tape eject mechanism is super sensitive. Mine broke after one month.
Great product, lousy service
Ease of use. Great features. Good picture quality. Good value. LCD menu is a little tough to see in... See Full Review
pros: Small and light weight.
Sony HandyCam DCR-HC96
I researched every camcorder up and down. 3-Chip,DVD,Hard drive and HDV. For the money and the curre... See Full Review
pros: Great technology
cons: Some accessories can add to the price.
Sony HandyCam DCR-HC96
The DCR-HC96 is a well designed camera in my opinion. The base unit takes stress off the camera conn... See Full Review
pros: Colors and sharpness of image, depth to field, flash, auto lens cover, top loading cassette.
cons: Confusing controls, plasticky feeling construction.
The DCR-HC96 Delivers High Quality Video
I tried the DCR-HC96 for a week-long beach vacation under a variety of conditions using mostly the "... See Full Review
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
|Additional Features||Still Shot Capability|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Effective Still Resolution||3.0 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||2.1 MP|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Sony NP-FP50|
|Battery Description||Proprietary Lithium|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||MS Windows ME|
|Expansion Slot||1 x Memory Stick Duo|
|Connector Types||1 x microphone|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick PRO|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/4 sec|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||5 lux|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens Filter Size||30 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Lens Manufacturer||Carl Zeiss|
|Focal Length Range||5.1mm - 51mm|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Sensor Type||Advanced HAD CCD|
|Media Format||Mini DV|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|