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Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder

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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder :
The short editorial description of Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder

HDR-HC3 High Definition Video Handycam with CleaVid CMOS Sensor, HDV1080i, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and a HDMI connection.

Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder:
The official marketing text of Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder as supplied by the manufacturer
- HDV 1080i Format
- HDV / DV recording switchability
- ClearVid CMOS sensor for a better picture quality
- Enhanced Imaging Processor
- Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T
- 10x optical zoom / 80x Digital zoom
- 2.7" Wide Hybrid Clear photo LCD plus with touch panel
- Wide Colour Viewfinder
- 4 Megapixels still image recording
- Built in Flash
- Dual Rec : Capability to capture up to 2 Megapixels still image while recording movies
- Smooth slow Rec
- HDMI output for HD ready TV
- i.LINK in / out for HDV and DV
- Video, S-video and component output
- Up to 3hrs continous recording time (with additionnal battery)
Short summary description Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder:
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Sony HDR-HC3E, 2.1 MP, CMOS, 1/3", 10x, 80x, 0.201 - 2.01" (5.1 - 51 mm)
Long summary description Sony HDR-HC3E Handheld camcorder 2.1MP CMOS Black hand-held camcorder :

Sony HDR-HC3E. Total megapixels: 2.1 MP, Sensor type: CMOS, Optical sensor size: 1/3". Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 80x, Focal length range (f-f): 0.201 - 2.01" (5.1 - 51 mm). Camcorder media type: Videotape, Camcorder tape type: HDV. Focus adjustment: Auto. White balance: Outdoor, Auto, Indoor

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
2.1 MP
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Image stabilizer *
This camera function compensates for slight shaking movements caused by an unstable position and ensures smooth footage even in suboptimal conditions.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
0.201 - 2.01" (5.1 - 51 mm)
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
1.18" (3 cm)
Minimum aperture number
The minimum size of the hole through which light enters a camera.
Maximum aperture number
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)
The minimum 35mm equivalent focal length, which is a measure that indicates the angle of view of a particular combination of a camera lens and film or sensor size. The term is useful because most photographers experienced with interchangeable lenses are most familiar with the 35mm film format.
1.63" (41.3 mm)
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
The maximum 35mm equivalent focal length, which is a measure that indicates the angle of view of a particular combination of a camera lens and film or sensor size. The term is useful because most photographers experienced with interchangeable lenses are most familiar with the 35mm film format.
19.1" (485 mm)
Camcorder media type *
The type of media onto which the camcorder records, such as VHS tape or DVD-Rs.
Disc types supported *
The types of disc which can be used with this device.
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
Focus adjustment
White balance
White balance
Technique in photography and image processing, which involves a global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors including white – correctly.
Outdoor, Auto, Indoor
Built-in flash *
The product has an internal flash. A flash produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light.
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1/2 - 1/425
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
Built-in display *
A display which is part of the product, so you do not need to attach another display.
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
A screen of a laptop, smartphone, etc., that responds to touch so you can control the interface using your fingers.
Viewfinder type *
A viewfinder is the window in the camera through which a photographer views the picture. Used for choosing, composing, and often focusing the image. There are two types: optical and digital. In an optical viewfinder, the photographer looks through a transparent window to frame and focus the image. The photographer is seeing the real image, through the window of the viewfinder. With a digital viewfinde, there is an LCD display built into a camera that gives a digital view of where the camera is pointing. It's used to compose and focus the image.
123200 pixels
Camcorder type *
There are various types of camcorder (personal video camera) e.g. handheld camcorder, shouldercam.
Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
5 lx
Progressive scan
Also referred to as noninterlaced scanning, this is a way of displaying, storing, or transmitting moving images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence. This is in contrast to interlaced video used in traditional analog television systems where only the odd lines, then the even lines of each frame (each image called a video field) are drawn alternately.Progressive scan is used for DVDs and HDTV (high defintion television).
Color of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Still image
Maximum image resolution *
Resolution is the amount of detail held by an image. The higher the resolution, the better (sharper) the image. The maximum image resolution produces the best image.
2304 x 1728 pixels
Still image resolution(s)
List of image resolutions that supported by device.
2304 x 1728, 2304 x 1296, 640 x 480
Image formats supported
The type of image files that the device can use/display e.g. gif, JPEG (jpg).
Built-in microphone
Microphone that is found inside the product.
Built-in speaker(s)
The device contains speaker(s) to produce sound.
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
PictBridge is an industry standard introduced in 2003 from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing. It allows images to be printed directly from digital cameras to a printer, without having to connect the camera to a computer using common connectivity like USB or Bluetooth.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
USB 2.0 ports quantity *
USB 2.0 ports have a data transmission speed of 480 Mbps, and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports. You can connect all kinds of peripheral devices to them.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
S-Video in
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
3.23" (82 mm)
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
5.47" (139 mm)
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
3.07" (78 mm)
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
17.6 oz (500 g)
Packaging content
Bundled software
Software distributed with another product such as a piece of computer hardware or other electronic device, or a group of software packages which are sold together. A software suite is an example of bundled software, as is software which is pre-installed on a new computer.
USB Driver
Cables included
Other features
2304 x 1728 pixels
Media types supported
The types of media which can be used with this product.
Memory Stick DUO
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Full Range Auto, Manual
Power consumption (typical)
Amount of power consumed by this model, often expressed in watts (W). Typical values that manufacturers give are power consumption when off, standby/suspended mode, typical use, maximum usage.
8.1 W
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
Audio In Audio Out i.LINK (DV) In i.LINK (DV) Out i.LINK (MICROMV) In i.LINK (MICROMV) Out S-Video In S-Video Out USB Video In Video Out
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Sony seems intent on dominating the High Definition camcorder market before any other company has even joined in. Although Canon has released a competitor to Sony's top-of-the-range professional HVR-Z1 (the Canon XL-H1), there's nothing at all to compete...
Bottom line If you've used the HDR-HC1E or Sony's more professional HDV models for any length of time, you can't help feeling disappointed by the HDR-HC3E's lack of prosumer features. All that video quality, with so little user control. But then there's the price. Wi...
The HC3 also offers limited control of picture sharpness and color saturation (called Color Levels in the menu). Both found in the menu, these are presented as sliding scales, with a minus sign on one side and a plus sign on the other, which can move u...
Pros:Excellent image quality in a small, reasonably priced package. Cons:Poor manual controls likely to be frustrating for an experienced shooter. Bottom Line:Both cameras are great choices for a small go-anywhere in true HD. Canon has the edge in ima...
Good Excellent image quality in a small, reasonably priced package.
Bad Poor manual controls likely to be frustrating for an experienced shooter.
Bottom line Both cameras are great choices for a small go-anywhere in true HD. Canon has the edge in image quality, but Sony wins in other areas. Like many of you, I have a great 3-chip pro HD camera with all the bells and whistles. Amazingly flexible and dripping...
Good Terrific HDV video at a very reasonable street price lower than some SD camcorders Easy to use and handle Huge and sharp 3.5" LCD screen None of the workflow issues associated with AVCHD video...
Bad Compared to the HDRHC1, this camcorder disappoints Control dial rather than the superior ring found on the HC1, UX1 and SR1 No mic or phone jacks make this a pointandshoot camcorder...
Bottom line The Sony HDR-HC3 will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most popular camcorders this year. Last year’s HDR-HC1 was both critically praised and sought after by consumers. The first consumer HD camcorder for under $2000, Sony had a difficult task des...
So, you recently purchased a brand new HDTV plasma, LCD, rear projector, or front projector. Youve been watching HDTV for a while, either via cable, satellite, DVHS, OTA or, more recently, with your new HD-DVD player.Youre getting ready to show off...
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