This fully-equipped camcorder comes with easy solutions to transfer images and video recording to your computer. USB Streaming allows you to broadcast live video to family and friends, and i.LINK DV (Sony IEEE 1394 connector) interface provides a connection from the camcorder to a variety of compatible devices.
10X Optical/120X 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-Sonnar T* 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. The additional T* coating on the lens further reduces unwanted glare and flare.
2.7-inch wide Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) - The 2.7-inch Wide (16:9) LCD screen 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, and the widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.
Analog To Digital Conversion with Pass-Through - Convert and/or record any analog NTSC video source to digital video via the analog inputs. Analog NTSC video can also be passed through the digital Handycam Camcorder directly into a PC via the i.LINK interface in real-time for easy PC editing of your analog footage.
Active Interface Shoe - Provides a location directly on the camcorder on which to add optional accessories while providing power and two-way communication to those accessories.
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.
Digital Effects - Get creative when recording or playing back your video with Sony''s Digital Effect Modes, Effects available in Camera mode: Still, Flash Motion, Luminance, Slow Shutter, Trail, Old Movie, Delayed Motion Effect and Cinematic Effect. Effects available in Playback mode: Still, Flash Motion, Luminance, Trail, Delayed Motion.
Handycam Station - The supplied Handycam Station provides quick and easy connections to a TV for viewing or to a PC for editing and sharing video. Just placing the camcorder on the Handycam Station instantly makes the connections. No need to search for cables or wires when charging or playing back.
Digital Still Memory Mode with Memory Stick Duo Media - Capture still images at 2016x1512 (3.0 Megapixels) resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo Media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices.
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.
End Search - Automatically advances the video tape to the last 5 seconds of the recorded scene. This prevents accidentally recording over previously recorded videos.
Fader Effects - Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black, Mosaic, White, Monotone and Stripe.
i.LINK DV Interface2 - 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.
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 subjected 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.
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.
MiniDV Recording - Offers up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution, 3X the color bandwidth and a significantly higher signal/noise ratio, to provide spectacular video performance.
On Screen Zoom and Record Controls - For additional control of the camcorder, the DCR-HC96 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.
One Touch Wide Angle Shooting - Easily switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios for shooting, with just the touch of a button.
Picture Effects - Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony''s Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Pastel and Mosaic. Effects available in Playback mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone and Solarize.
Picture Package Software - Easily organize still images and video, and turn them into stunning music videos using the supplied software.
Program AE (Auto Exposure) Modes - Program AE modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight or Sunset & Moon modes.
Progressive Shutter System - A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.
Stamina Battery Power Management System - Using the optional NP-FP90 InfoLithium Battery, the DCR-HC96 can continuously record for up to 5 hours on a single full charge, providing extra long battery life.
Super NightShot Plus Infrared System - With Sony''s Super NightShot Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 20 feet away using the built-in infrared system, but without the overall monochrome color common with earlier low-light recording systems.
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.
Tele Macro Function - Useful for shooting close up shots, but without having the camcorder casting a shadow on the subject. Images shot in the Tele Macro Mode will have the subject properly focused with the background unfocussed so that the subject stands out.
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.
Comments about Sony DCR-HC96 Mini-DV DV Camcorder:
Everything about this camera is excellent. Remember you can take pictures on the minidv, but you may want to consider the pro stick, it is much easier to use.
The only negative part about this package is the software for video recording supplied by Sony.
I had to get other software to do the job.