Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder, Why Complain?

I do not claim to be a technology expert. But i trust the judgment of those who share their experiences. And i did extensive research before purchasing this camera. I needed one for my mom’s 60th birthday party, so the option of failure was zero. So easy to use that my 16 year old cousin, with no instructions from me, was able to record and take pictures simultaneously. I was able to play it back that same night for my family with no stumbling for the manual or confusion over cords (which all necessary cords are included). It can’t get any easier than this. I’m looking forward to doing my own editing through the computer.

I have been using it for quiet some time now and it seems it is fairly simple to use. Best part is it is small and phenomenal in what it is supposed to do.

Bought this for my son’s 14th b-day–he’s taking aclass at school this september in video productionin conjunction with mac computers. So far so good withour mac @ home. I really wasn’t concerned with compatibilitysince we’ve only owned sony’s and always had mac’s. It has been sooooo easy for him to use. Battery life is very good and ordering addtional batteries for just in casewas as easy as ordering the camcorder and very reasonablehe turned it on and it was a no brainer from there. The transferring ofphotos off the video was instant and the ‘video’ transfer was easy as well. (though at this time i think he has used the photo option more than the video)but none the less — ‘we’ are all extremely happy with ‘his’ new sony camcorderthanks for a painless and successful purchase.

Key specs for Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station) (Discontinued by Manufacturer):

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  • 1/5.5-inch CCD imager; 1-megapixel still-image resolution allows for photo-quality prints to 6 x 8 inches
  • MiniDV recording format offers up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution
  • 12x optical zoom with Super SteadyShot picture-stabilization system
  • 2.7-inch high-resolution touch-panel SwivelScreen LCD display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles
  • Super NightShot Plus Infrared System captures natural-looking video in low light

Comments from buyers

“Camera Ham
, Very Pleased
, So easy so small so right!!!

I bought this device 7 years ago and it still works excellent but i usually handle it with utmost care.

My wife and i purchased this camera for the upcoming birth of our first child and have been nothing but pleased with it. Although not the most expensive camera on the market i have found it to be very sutiable for family engagments, indoor and outdoor events. Setup and easy of use has been a big plus (even my wife who is technologically inept has been able to jump right in and use it effectively). I did purchase an extra battery which was a smart move, battery life has been good, but hey you never know. I also purchased sony’s movie studio 7 to put my video’s together and to music. The software and hardware has worked seemlessly so far. I recommend using the firewire connection for transfer between the camera and computer, it’s very fast and effective. Overall we have been very happy with our purchase and look forward to capturing all our future memories.

I love using the camera itself. I’m a point and shoot type of person — not too picky. But i always have problems trying to upload my videos to my computer. You have to slide the camera into the docking base just the right way so the computer can recognize it.

You need a memory stick to transfer data to a maceverything else is great.

Because there is no reason to complain about this ‘nearly’ perfect camera. Ok, so far i’ve had a bad experience with this camera (tried to hook it up to computer with usb. Time to send it back, and i am still waiting for it to return so i can actually transfer and edit something on my computer), but, with that aside, i am just going to focus on the core features of this camera, not how the outcome of the quality is (which i am positive is very good. Ok, first thing’s first: you fire up the camcorder and you see this nice, big crystal clear lcd, displaying pristine quality with almost no ‘shake lag’ (i. E, when you move camera back and forth really fast, there is ussualy a delay). The camera boasts tons of features which can be custamized in many ways. Some of the stand out features are:-12x optical zoom/800x digital zoom-super nightshot plus. And loads more which i won’t spoil for you. You’ll just have to find out for yurselfi would recommend this camera who likes to film for fun, and would love love to seomday becaume and indy film developer, though he knows that that day will eventually come.

The camera was everything i expected it to be. It has night shot which is great for dark events. It has a built in camera so you can take stills and print them out. For a busy mom like me, it’s the perfect camera.

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Sony DCR-HC46 MiniDV 1MP Digital Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom (Includes Handycam Station) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4.4 of 5 stars, based on 25 reviews