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Sony DCR-HC42

alaTest has collected and analyzed 619 reviews of Sony DCR-HC42. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. The color and reliability get mixed reviews. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC42 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC42

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC42 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The usability and price also get good feedback.

price, usability, image quality, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC42

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC42 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the viewfinder and reliability. There are some mixed comments about the design.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-SR42

 

Small and attractive design, 30GB hard drive, very user-friendly, 40x optical zoom

Only 0.68 megapixels, camera is too light, poor stills mode

If you are willing to forgive the sub par visuals, the DCR-SR42E is a pretty decent camera; especially for inexperienced users. However, there are plenty of similarly priced non-HDD cameras on the market that will give you a superior performance.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCR-HC42

 

High quality video, compact size

Fuzzy still images

A lightweight camera that's got the goods.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DCRHC42

 

Although the Sony DCRHC42 is a lightweight in both price and heft, it's far from lightweight in quality. The DCRHC42 produced great-looking video in o...

High quality video, compact size

Fuzzy still images

A lightweight camera that's got the goods.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review: Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series

 

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

Given its mediocre video quality, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR42 seems overpriced for what it delivers.

Compact and lightweight ; Large storage capacity ; Bundled dock ; Built-in lens cover

Mediocre video and still photo quality ; No wind filter ; Small, fingerprint-magnet touch screen LCD ; Software free for Windows but costs extra for Mac

The Handycam DCR-SR42 exemplifies, for the moment, that there are still no bargains to be had in hard-disk-based camcorders -- unless you really don't care about the video quality. If you want a decent hard-disk model, you've got to pay a little more....

May, 2007

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

"I wish my wife bought something else!"

 

Picture quality is abysmal. Admittedly, I'm comparing it against the video function on a Panasonic TZ7 which makes me wonder why we bothered with the Sony in the first place!

Zoom, ease of use

Picture quality

Apr, 2011

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

This camera is good in everything but the video quality... it's totally terrible and this is why i hate it! My h-9 sony camera takes better video than this c...

lightweight, easy to use, small, cute, optical zoom 40x, 30gb hd and more

quality of the video

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

I have had this camera for a few months now, using it mainly indoors for sports. I have a mac and find the picture quality looks bad when I view it on the mac

Size, ease of use

picture quality

May, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

I have had this camera for 4 months now and it is terrific! I have had no problems with it and it is working great.

Easy to use, touch screen, great video quality, fully charged in 30 minutes, 30 gigabyte hardrive and very easy to put your video/photo footage onto the computer or television

Short battery life, low quality photos and bad quality in low light situations

Apr, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR42

 

Very poor

small

crap picture quality

Dec, 2007
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