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Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • 1/6″ Advanced HAD CCD Imager, 680K Pixels (Gross)
  • 40X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom
  • 2.7″ Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels)
  • Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • InfoLITHIUM Battery with AccuPower Meter System

Product Description
The DCR-HC52 puts exceptional quality, versatility, and affordability in the palm of your hands. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens and Super SteadyShot image stabilization capture clear, sharp video. Powerful 40x optical/2000x digital zoom brings you close to the action, and Super NightShot Plus technology keeps your video bright when shooting in dimly lit environments. The 2.5″ touch panel SwivelScreen LCD display puts control of everything at your fingertips, or us… More >>

Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom


5 Responses to “Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom”
  1. First let’s correct the Amazon description, this is a 40X optical zoom camera, not 25X as seen on the product itself.

    This is a great camera to start out with, the simplicity of Mini DV tapes makes this a good value choice. DVD camcorders in this price range suffer from bad battery life, and disk errors that can render your disks useless. The Mini DV tapes are tried and true.

    I use an Apple computer at home and the camera connects to iMovie with no problems using the iLink port on the camera. All you need in most cases is a Firewire 6pin to 4pin cable, and you are good to go.

    The video and audio quality are good, and the night vision is fun too. This is not a upper level camera so don’t expect several bells and whistles, but it performs great, and has the basic features most people will ever need. The battery life is fair, but that is expected, all camcorder companies want you to buy an extra battery, but at least Sony gives you several options.

    With a full charge and a new tape, expect about an hour of record time.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Ray Pringle says:

    I have been renting a Sony DCR-HC21 from my college for a month or so now. I’m a photographer by trade but I really became interested with editing digital video so I looked around for a camcorder that was a bit above mid range. This is it, it has enough professional functions to make it just right for me. Ability to recored in 16:9 widescreen, touch screen LCD, ability to control exposure, manual and auto focus, 40x optical zoom, and at $234.99 it’s an awesome buy.

    The one Con I can think of is that the battery provided with the camera is very poor. Only lasts for 115 minutes, which seems nice but in comparison to the NPFH50 that lasts for 3 hours it’s poor. Do yourself a favor and buy the NPFH50 Battery for $26 here on amazon.

    The other thing that I can’t fathom is that none of these minidv camcorders come with the firewire data cable. It seems like including an 8 dollar cable wouldn’t be that difficult, Sony afterall bundles the software needed to transfer the video to your PC.

    All in all this is the best camcorder for the money, I chose this over the Canon ZR900 and I’m glad that I did. It’s well build and has all the features that an amateur or professional would want.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I purchased this camera in mid October 2008, and so far have been very pleased given the low price. I initially wanted more features, but did not want to spend over $250-270 total (with accessories like MiniDV tapes, firewire cable, bag, extra battery). I use it for recording my children’s music performances.


    - The video quality is very good. 40x OPTICAL zoom. This was the highest optical zoom I could find in a camera in this price range.

    - The sound quality is good in the 12 bit mode, and even better in the 16 bit mode.

    - Easy to use.

    - Compact.

    - Intelligent Lithium battery.


    - No MiniDV tape included. You will need to buy some.

    - NO PASSTHROUGH MODE. This camera cannot accept input from analog sources (like output from an old VHS-C camera or a VCR). If you plan to use this camera to transfer from older analog to digital video, it won’t do it.

    - Battery life is short, 115 minutes according to book, but I get between 90 and 100 minutes. Buy an NP-FH50 and use the battery that came with the camera as a spare.

    - No USB port. You WILL need firewire inputs on your computer to capture the video. And if you purchase from Circuit City, do not expect the sales people to know this.

    - No Firewire cable. Factor that in the purchase price. Firewire cables are expensive ($25-$30) IF you buy from a brick and mortar store; expect to pay $8-10 online

    - No Remote control. So if you want to put the camera on a tripod, you must manually start and stop the recording.

    - No memory slot. MiniDV only.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I bought this product to replace one of the first Sony Digital8 Camcorders that ever went on the market (DCR-TRV510). I’ve had that camera for 9+ years and have loved it. I bought this camera because because the reviews were decent, the price was good, and I like Sony products. I’ve had the camera about two months now and I’m very disappointed with the color of the videos. They are very dark compared to what they should be.

    My most recent project was filming a basketball game where I had four different Sony digital camcorders in use on the same court (I film a complete game once a year). The other three Sony camcorders (all older, different models) produced far better color than this one. The colors produced by this camera are, quite simply, terrible. The one caveat to that is outside on a bright, sunny day will produce a rich color saturation. Other than that, though, you’re out of luck.

    I originally thought it was maybe just my camera, but another reviewer also talks about bad color saturation in his review, so I guess it is product wide problem. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Ric Corless says:

    I tried to buy this camera from Amazon but their server was trashing on 6/6/08 so I dashed over to the local WalMart and picked up one. After spending the last 7 hours going over every feature and nuance, I wish I’d had this camera last week for videoing a great rock band in Illinois… the spot metering feature would have provided me vastly better results than the old Sharp miniDV it replaced! One review of this camera is extremely biased by the buyer’s ignorance of technology… firewire is the only way to go for transferring DV to computer, and this feature works flawlessly on this camera. I’m very pleased to have one, and not even sorry to have paid more at WalMart than Amazon’s great price! Image quality is excellent!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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