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5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera at an awsome price, March 29, 2008
This review is from: Sony DCR-HC52 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2009 10:58:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2009 11:07:56 PM PDT
"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."
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I think it's because IEEE-1394 capture, the firewire cards that a lot of motherboards still require, plus the software, etc. strays a bit from the consumer-oriented process of shooting video and watching it on your TV. If Sony, et al, included the cable, they would be expected to support or troubleshoot the process of hooking it up and getting the actual capture going. Trust me, doing that with throngs of green camcorderers would be no fun.

Also, if Sony bundled the wire, they would probably have to bundle the capture card or deal with the masses saying you sold me a camcorder with a special wire, but nothing to hook it up to. Undoubtedly, it was simpler to just leave the wire out. The customer purchasing the wire is their first step to learning all about IEEE-1394, non-linear editing, etc. Plus they may find out they don't have enough computer horsepower to even capture DV. If I'm Sony, I also don't want that phone call.

p.s. Thanks for an informative review of the little DCR-HC52
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