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Sony DCRPC330 MiniDV 3.3-Megapixel Handycam Camcorder

by Sony

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  • Sleek, compact MiniDV camcorder and digital still camera with 3.3-megapixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 120x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, Memory Stick Pro slot, and accessory shoe
  • NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery
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Manufacturer's Description First ever 3.0 megapixel HANDYCAM, superb picture quality from single chip MiniDV format. With colour filter and DV-in. Weight 540g plus battery. Box Contains Sony DCR-PC330E Supplied Accessories AC-L15 Power Adapter/In Camera Charger NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery 16MB Memory Stick® Media RMT-831 Wireless Remote Commander® Remote Control 2 AA Batteries A/V Cable Lens Cap Lens Hood USB Cable LCD Cleaning Cloth CD-ROM w/Driver (Pixela ImageMixer" Software Ver. 1.5 for Sony)

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Product Manual [4.13mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000D8DM7
  • Item model number: DCRPC330
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,825 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 19, 2003

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful By jemaerca on November 2, 2003
the pc-330 is the new top of the line consumer camcorder from sony. it's fully-loaded and ready to take on video and still picture duties.
- all those megapixels are put to good use - this camcorder produces excellent video.
- a whopping 3MP still capability.
- best still pics from a camcorder to date.
- miniDV media is widely supported.
- great connectivity options: firewire, USB, S-video, headphone, mic input, etc.
- carl zeiss lens.
- steady shot (sony's image stabilization system - and it works!) and night shot.
- built in pop-up flash for taking photos.
- hologram AF system, which allows you to focus in pitch darkness (still pictures only).
- ability to record mpeg videos directly to memory stick.
- progressive shutter system.
- supports Memory Stick Pro cards, which have a maximum capacity of 1GB.
- supports add-on lenses.
- accessory hot shoe is compatible with sony's external flashes and other accessories.
- very low motor noise.
- compact for the features: 2.4 x 4.8 x 4.5" weighing 1.3lbs.
- disappointing low-light performance.
- 2.5" LCD - it would have been nice to get a bigger 3.5" LCD.
- no built in video light but you can get a flash/video combo light for less than a hundred bucks.
- viewfinder extends but does not tilt.
- mic placement is on top of camcorder (same as most vertical camcorders) which means it picks up the videographer's voice more readily.
- higher capacity batteries are bigger than what was supplied and WILL protrude sideways from this camcorder's body, making holding this unit a bit awkward.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Orome on December 8, 2003
Other reviews here do a good job of covering the specs and general pros and cons of this all-round excellent camera. Here I'll just mention a few additional points and reiterate some others:
(1) You will almost certainly need an additional, higher capacity battery right off the bat; the battery provided is almost totally inadequate. For most users this means the NP-QM71D (which will set you back an additional $100) , and the companion charger (the AC-SQ950, for an additional $150); the latter is essential unless you can afford to wait almost 2.5 hours for a recharge (the AC-SQ950 manages in under an hour). Moreover, all of the batteries with decent capacity will protrude sideways from the camera body (on the LCD side). This has little effect in use (aside from looking quite silly with some of the larger batteries) bit does make the camera considerably harder to carry around and "bag".
(2) Don't be fooled by the talk about MPEG and the ability to capture to a potentially very long movies to high-capacity Memory Stick cards. The maximum MPEG resolution supported by this camera is 320x240, which is worse than you get with decent still cameras (like Sony's own DSC-V1), and certainly not what you should expect from a camera with this price tag. So if you are shooting video, you are shooting to tape, period!
(3) 3 Megapixel still capability is great and adds a real convenience: you can get by with one camera on days when you want to shoot some video without completely giving up the option of taking a few stills. But beware: the quality of the images is not up to that from far less expensive digital still cameras and nowhere near what less expensive and very compact still cameras can provide.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fuchs on February 2, 2004
This was my first-ever camcorder purchase, so I wanted to make sure the camera was a solid performer.
The other two candidates were the Panasonic DV953 and the Sony TRV950.
To help me choose, I took a crash-course in MiniDV cams (by reading the reviews) and found that most of them kept harping on things that I didn't care about. Things like bottom-loading the tapes vs top-loading; Single CCD vs 3 CCD; the number of shutter speeds. Jeez, 99.9% of people aren't going to pass up a good camera because they need to remove it from the tripod to change a tape, but these folks make it sound like a show-stopper.
I bought the PC330 over the other two for simple reasons:
1) My wife wants very few buttons to have to worry abouy. With this camera, you point and shoot; most of the functions are hidden in the touch screen menus that you rarely have to use.
2) The stills are actually better than my 3.2 megapixel Fuji A303.
3) It felt comfortable to use - much smaller than the other two cameras.
I believe the cons to this camera that will affect most users are:
1) The akward placement of the still button. You really have to bend your index finger into a strange position to use it. The zoom control is placed as the natural landing spot for your index finger.
2) The microphone is located behind the hot-shoe. This is only a problem if you plug something into the shoe - the mic is essentially blocked from your subject.
3) The flash doesn't pop out far enough to clear most add-on lenses. If you attach a wide-angle or zoom lens, you will see a significant shadow of it in still pictures that use the flash. This is certainly not a critical flaw, but annoying.
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