Sony Handycam HDR-HC9
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HDRHC9
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews
- The HDR-HC9 delivers high definition quality and versatility with a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 10x optical/20x digital zoom, and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor for stunning video and 6.1 megapixel still images. Use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization ... Read more
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Day 1: it's great
by elizajody on January 18, 2010
Pros: - amazing night shooting
- easy flip out touch screen
- Easy Button
- fun extras like the Slow Motion feature (records 3s of video and plays back over 12s)
- tape miniDV media for storage
- ability to snap photos and save to a Memory Stick Duo
Cons: - too many menu options
- no neck strap, but the sturdy hand strap is alright
- battery life is disappointing
Summary: I'm an average consumer who likes to shoot video of the kids and family events, and edit on the PC to make short videos. I wanted top quality video ...
Summary: I'm an average consumer who likes to shoot video of the kids and family events, and edit on the PC to make short videos. I wanted top quality video images so chose a miniDV HD video camera. I plan to keep this for years, so opted for HD so that it'll remain fairly current as I slowly upgrade my tv etc.
I picked up this camera today, second hand, and I love it so far! There's an Easy Button to get started right away. It feels solid when holding it. The zoom is 10x optical and I'm quite satisfied with that. The digital zoom 20x is optional and can be disabled. With some practice I'm sure I can zoom smoothly.
The camera has a Night Shot mode which uses an IR sensor. Subjects appear slightly green, just like you see on television when the characters use night vision goggles. An optional IR spotlight brightens the scene immensely. This feature will be handy in any low light situation.
There are many many menu options. I refer to the manual to see the lists of options available. I've caught on to the basics in just a day, so it's not that bad. Again with some use it won't seem so complicated.
You can switch between HD and SD recording on the same tape. I'm not sure why one would want to do SD, but there is that option.
I've been using the camera all day and the battery is out of juice. That's disappointing. Do any of you recall the Sony CCD-TRV41 with the Sony Lithium batteries? I have one of these (14 years old) and the batteries are as good as new (despite lots of use). How could battery technology not improve over this time?
After I've done lots more with this camera I'll post another more comprehensive review.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Outstanding images, versatile, professional features
by LeslieDF on August 11, 2011
Pros: Compact, easy to use and set, beautiful color and image quality.
Cons: Manual focus dial too small. Transfer software a bit confusing with first use.
Summary: A great HD video camcorder with lots of features found in professional camcorders. Lots of existing accessories and add-on equipment available. Lots of I/O connections found only in professional ...
Summary: A great HD video camcorder with lots of features found in professional camcorders. Lots of existing accessories and add-on equipment available. Lots of I/O connections found only in professional camcorders.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Zensphere on May 15, 2008
Pros: Light wait
Cons: poor image quality
Summary: The HC7 is better. Even though when editing, the properties say the resolution is 1440 x 1080. It just doesn't look good. Most articles will say this is the ...
Summary: The HC7 is better. Even though when editing, the properties say the resolution is 1440 x 1080. It just doesn't look good. Most articles will say this is the same as the HC7 and HC5, just a better menu but I will tell you the image quality is lower and a great disappointment.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HDRHC9
- Description: The HDR-HC9 delivers high definition quality and versatility with a professional grade Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 10x optical/20x digital zoom, and a 3.2 megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor for stunning video and 6.1 megapixel still images. Use the Dual Record Mode to capture still images and video at the same time, while Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps ensure clear images. View everything you shoot on the 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD Plus display featuring touch panel technology. Even save your still images directly to a Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (sold separately) to easily transfer and share your photos.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.2 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 20 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 3.04 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Mini DV (HDV)
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.9"
- Optical Sensor Type ClearVid CMOS
- Min Illumination 0 lux
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2
- Special Effects Flash Motion,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
- Digital Scene Transition White fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Candle,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Exposure Metering Matrix,
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Auto mode,
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type Carl Zeiss 10 x x Zoom lens - 5.4 mm - 54 mm - F/1.8-2.9
- Lens aperture F/1.8-2.9
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 5.4 mm
- Max focal length 54 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 37 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- DV input Yes
- Additional Features Progressive shutter system,
Display brightness control,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Auto power save,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories FireWire cable,
IR remote control,
Component video cable,
Audio / video cable
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 8 ft
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.27 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 123,200 pixels
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK),
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x Component video output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x Control-L (LANC),
1 x USB,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Microphone,
1 x DC power input
Memory / Storage
- Media type Mini DV (HDV)
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Image Storage JPEG 2848 x 2136,
JPEG 2048 x 1536,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 2848 x 1602
- Video Recording Modes LP,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows 2000 Professional
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FH60
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 211,000 pixels
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 3.2 in
- Depth 5.4 in
- Height 3.2 in
- Weight 1.2 lbs