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Sony DCR HC36

Editor's Review

The Sony DCR-HC36 is an affordable camcorder for mainstream users, offering a number of good features at a great price. The DCR-HC36 records to Mini DV tape, a tiny, efficient, and high-quality medium that's easy to work with. The neat USB streaming feature allows you to broadcast live or recorded video over the internet so far-away friends and family can share in your memorable moments. The HC36 also has a slot for Sony's Memory Stick storage cards, which allow you to take high-resolution still photographs.


  • 340k pixels
  • 20x optical zoom / 800x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • 15 oz.
  • Mini DV and Media Stick storage
  • Part Number: DCRHC36
  • UPC: 027242688667
  • Release Date: Mar 09, 2006

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Sony DCR HC36 Reviews

Sony DCR HC36 Reviews by Camcorder HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
It is a good camcorder (Bt — 03/30/2007)

After shooting dozens of videos and making several dvd's I conclude that it is good camera for price range. The dvd videos that shot with this camera was not showing perfect on regular tv and computer screen but I tested the dvd on my friends 32" HDTV and I really amazed the picture clarity and color was unbelievably sharp I could see a lot's of details than even shown on pc monitor. But there is certain blurness in the resolution or color but it is well worth.

  • 4.0 out of 5
excellent choice (Keitha Davis — 01/05/2007)

for people that do not have a lot of knowledge when it comes to camcorders, and not alot of money, but want quality memories this is a great choice

  • 4.0 out of 5
It is not best but ....... (kaushik — 01/05/2007)

I have used DCR-HC42 of my friend for a long time, it is 1 m.p. cam with a facility of wide screen hybrid lcd display, cold shoe & handycam station. It captures amazing quality of video. So this time when I decided to purchase a handycam I started to survey the market and to surf net to get a cam parallel with HC42's video quality in an affordable price. After gathering a lot of information regarding handycams and comparing each cam with other I confined my choice between HC46 & HC36. Now it was time to take the most vital decision, considering all pros & cons of both cams at last I casted my vote to HC36. Today I feel that I had made no mistake to choose a cam suitable for me.
I have compared the video of HC42 & HC36, obviously the clarity of HC42 is better but the color perfection of HC36 is better even in low light. Most of expert reviewers in different sites have said that HC36 produce a 'poor' video but I differ, the video quality in well lit place is really great and natural. In low light it is a little grainy in comparison with a cam of higher price - it is natural & always expected. The still image quality is quite good in well lit place, in low light place it is grainy & pale but if U print that image in 6"/4" size then the grains are hardly noticeable. I use Color Slow Shutter in low light place & I get a good performance. After that Adobe Photoshop helps me for final touch up and to get a professional quality picture. Mind it, the resolution is 640/480 and it is not a mega pixel cam so it is never be expected an image like of a costly still camera. The effective pixel (for both movie & still) of HC36 is 400000 which is sufficient for video but not for stills. The Carl Zeiss vario-Tessar lens with 20X optical Zoom is great. Back light is very effective in indoor shooting. Even in a complete dark place just turn on 'super night shot plus' and everything is visible. Most easy to operate even a child of 5yr can operate it. Using the USB connection all the images captured on memory stick is accessible at a time. Never use USB cable for transferring video and the bundled software for editing or making a DVD. Always use a firelink IEEE(Sony's iLink) cable to connect with your PC / Laptop for transferring video and use SONY Vegas or ULead Video Studio for editing or for making your DVD, using which I get an satisfactory result and when the DVD is viewed by a stand alone DVD player the quality of picture is really awesome.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better than nothing (Dylan Clark — 12/27/2006)

So this is my first Mini DV Camera I've owned but it seems to get the job done. I've used many different Mini DV cameras and while this is not giving me Hollywood style film its better than any high 8 i've used. I love the touch screen because it gets rid of all the extra buttons. so i dont worry about accidently pushing one

  • 4.0 out of 5
Sony DCR-HC36 (Josh — 10/09/2006)

i bought this camcorder for mainly a vacation, but also i started making films and this camera is great for both. Its very easy to use, pretty cheap cost, and overall a great camcorder

  • 3.0 out of 5
Sony DCR-HC36 Review (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For the beginner this is an excellent starter unit. It's design and ease of use is excellent.
Picture quality is above average. Battery life is very good. For the budget minded this camcorder will do most everything you require.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great clear video (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

im only interested in video, and bein 50 years old, an with reading glasses needed sometime, the video surprised me, seems as good as the panasonic gs250, which after a week nearly, i took it back, only because i couldnt get it to do a full moon video, clear and in focus, the sony does this, in i think spotlight mode an another one , i forget, panasonic was like 300 or so bucks more, and all these camcorders are very complicated, an way too many features for me, ive only seen one camera, camcorder, that you could turn on, while sittin down, and record, then playback, etc, without having to get up, an change somethin, an it still sits here, a very old sharp vhs camcorder, also was used for burglary camera, with motion detecter etc, sony has a better crisper , more colorful video, than my canon zr85, but canon is easier to operate, both are really a pain, too hi tech, etc, maybe im burnt out or somethin, to me less is more, long as video an sound is great, an the sony is good, surprisingly good, too many bells an whistles on all these, o k , if you are 20 an really hi tech, sharp minded, so there you go, still i want the gs400 panasonic an learn it, so there you go, yes a great little camera.allow yourself a week or so, an study it, instruction book is way too small print, an very complicated, they should know beetter than this.thats all.