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Brand: Sony
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Simple controls and Crystal Clear quality let you call the shots with the DCR-HC38. Features like Super Steady Shot image stabilization and NightShot Plus technology make sure your video looks stunning and clean as you record to a MiniDV cassette (sold separately).

Powerful capture and versatile use make the DCR-HC38 the perfect camcorder for all occasions. No matter where you are, the 40x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom always has you right in the middle of the action. Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens and Super SteadyShot built-in image stabilization make every frame picture perfect. And the 2.5-inch Touch Panel LCD Monitor makes sure you see it all. For dimly lit areas, the NightShot Plus feature keeps your video bright and clear.

  • 40x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom: Uniquely powerful so you can move in close to the action. And with Digital Zoom Interpolation, extreme close-ups are clearer than ever before with less distortion than previous models.
  • Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: An advanced optical multi-Layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased Contrast, resulting in vivid image brilliance.
  • 2.5-inch Touch Panel SwivelScreen technology: Large size high Resolution LCD Display provides an enhanced playback and monitoring experience in precise detail and dramatic color.
  • Super SteadyShot technology keeps your images virtually blur free with its built-in image stabilization.
  • Capture crisp, clear video in minimal light with NightShot Plus technology.

Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder Features

1/6-inch Advanced HAD CCD Imager, 680K Pixels Gross - 1/6-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 340K (effective) Pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of Horizontal Resolution) and still image performance.

MiniDV Recording - Offers up to 500 lines of Horizontal Resolution, 3X the color Bandwidth and a significantly higher signal/noise ratio, to provide spectacular video performance.

40X Optical/2000X Digital Zoom - The Optical Zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, the Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme Digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of Digital zooms.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens - Carl Zeiss Lenses have an advanced optical multi-Layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased Contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization System - Picture stabilization system that uses motion sensors to detect and compensate for camera shake without compromising picture quality like some other Digital stabilization systems.

2.5-inch Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display* (123K Pixels) - Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved Resolution. The high Resolution 123K Pixel LCD Screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback.
* Viewable area measured diagonally

USB Streaming* - Stay connected to family and friends by broadcasting live video with audio over the internet using the USB interface. You can even playback your favorite recorded scene on the camcorder''s tape. It''s like having your own video conferencing system*.
* Not all products with USB connectors may communicate with each other due to chipset variations.
* A broadband connection is required along with third party services, which may require a subscription fee and/or other service fees.

i.LINK DV Interface1 - A Digital high-speed bi-directional interface which provides Audio/Video communication between two compatible devices. This connection allows for pure Digital transfer between devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, such as camcorders, Digital VTRs, capture cards and PCs.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony, used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connector. All products with an IEEE1394 connector may not communicate with each other.

InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System - Charge the battery at anytime because unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony''s rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subject to a life shortening memory effect. Sony''s exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD Screen.

NightShot Plus Infrared System - With Sony''s NightShot Plus Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 10 feet away using the built-in Infrared system, but without the overall monochrome color common with earlier low-light recording systems.

Manual Focus - Allows the user to manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder''s Auto Focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.

On Screen Zoom and Record Controls - For additional control of the camcorder, the DCR-HC38 features Zoom and Record buttons on the frame of the LCD Screen. This allows the user more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

Stamina Battery Power Management System - Using the optional NP-FH1000 InfoLithium Battery, the DCR-HC38 can continuously record for up to 14 hours (viewfinder) or up to 12 hours (LCD) on a single full charge, providing extra long battery life*.
* Actual battery life may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions. Designed for use with compatible Sony InfoLithium batteries.

Scene Selection modes - Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

Picture Effects - Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony''s Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Mosaic and Pastel. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Negative Art, Sepia and Solarize.

Easy Handycam Button - Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people, so with a press of the Easy Handycam button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are locked out leaving only the buttons essential for recording operational.

Fader Effects - Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking Fader effects. Choose from Black, Monotone, Mosaic and White.

Battery Information - At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD Screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. The Display will show how much the battery is charged, in 10% increments and the recordable time left when using the LCD Screen or in the viewfinder.

Picture Motion Browser Software - Easily organize still images and video, and turn them into stunning music videos using the supplied software.

Multi-Language Menu - Change the menu Display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.4 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Durable(3), Great features(3), Great picture quality(4), Great sound(4), Simple controls(4)
Best Uses:
Home(3), Outdoor events / games(3), Travel(3)
 
Amazing Perfomance
By GuptaVerified Reviewer from LA, CA on 10/30/2007
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Movies/Short Films, Professional Work, Special Events, Weddings
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder:

I use the product for special occassions

 
very nice camera
By khan from toronto, ontario on 8/9/2007
Pros:
On sale
Cons:
Poor Sound
Best Uses:
Family
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder:

one of the best cameras

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera
By ed from Miami, Fl on 4/28/2007
Describe Yourself:
Tech Savvy
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Home, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder:

Recorded my family members wedding with this. The video quality was perfect.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Dream minidv just order 1.....
By Billy D from NY, NY on 4/5/2007
Describe Yourself:
Technically Challenged
Pros:
Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Cons:
Flimsy Construction
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder:

Take 1 Home.....

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
This is a great camera
By Nick from norrisotwn, pa on 4/4/2007
Describe Yourself:
Parent, Technically Challenged
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Home, Office, Special Events, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-HC38 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder:

Nice camera, fully loaded - long range zoom let you enjoy distant objects like being at hand reach.

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