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Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55

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DCR-PC55
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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55 :
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Camcorder DCR-PC 55
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Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55

The official marketing text of Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55 as supplied by the manufacturer
SONY MiniDV Handycam CamcorderDCR-PC55 Black
Sleek, stylish and amazingly portable, the black DCR-PC55/B MiniDV Handycam® Camcorder provides excellent video recording quality in an ultra-compact design. The Advanced HAD™ CCD imager provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video performance. The professional quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens capture vivid, life-like images while minimizing distortion.
Weighing in at only 10 ounces, the camcorder’s body measures only 4 inches tall and almost 3 inches wide – making it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The extra large 3.0” Hybrid LCD display1 provides a clear, sharp monitor and rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. Its metallic black design makes it stand out wherever you go.
Advanced HAD™ CCD Imager
1/6" 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.
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-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.
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.
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®1 interface in real-time for easy PC editing of your analog footage.
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.
3.0" Touch Panel SwivelScreen™ Hybrid LCD Display2 (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.
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.
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.
i.LINK®1 DV Interface
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 PCs3.
InfoLithium® Battery with AccuPower™ Meter System4
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.
Picture Package™ Software
Easily organize still images and video, and turn them into stunning music videos using the supplied software.
Digital Still Memory Mode with Memory Stick Duo™ Media5
Capture still images at 640x480 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo™ Media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices6.
Slide Show Plus
Playback your still images on the large 3" hybrid LCD screen. Choose from 4 playback styles: simple, monotone, fancy and standard.
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.
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.
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.
Picture Effects
Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony’s Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone, Solarize, Pastel and Mosaic. Effects available in Playback mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone and Solarize.
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.
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.
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.
Short summary description Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55:
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Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55, 0.34 MP, 10x, 120x, 7.62 cm (3"), 5 lx, 99 mm
Long summary description Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55 :

Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55. Total megapixels: 0.34 MP. Optical zoom: 10x, Digital zoom: 120x. Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3"). Minimum illumination: 5 lx. Width: 99 mm, Depth: 72 mm, Height: 45 mm

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Image sensor
Total megapixels *
A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 × 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 × 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).
0.34 MP
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
10x
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
120x
Display
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
7.62 cm (3")
Camera
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
5 lx
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
99 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
72 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
45 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
290 g
Other features
Interface
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
USB
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Vario-Tessar
Expansion slots
List of I/O expansion card slots; including quantity of each
Memory Stick PRO Duo
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
USB
Audio Input/Output
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Updated:
2017-03-01
Testseek has collected 12 expert reviews for Sony Camcorder DCR-PC 55 and the average expert rating is 61 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
61%
Source Review comments Score
gadgetguy.com.au
Updated:
2017-03-01
For those needing a full range of functionality in a camcorder that includes MPEG video and high quality DV performance in a tiny package the PC55 is hard to beat.
Functionality, ease of use, makes a fashion statement.
Lack of external headphone socket, mic shoe only accepts Sony mics, heavy power drain.
For those needing a full range of functionality in a camcorder that includes MPEG video and high quality DV performance in a tiny package the PC55 is hard to beat.
90%
macworld.co.uk
Updated:
2017-03-01
The Sony DCR-PC55 is seductively compact. Housed in a stylish metallic body (available in silver, black, red and white), it weighs just 290 grams, and is the smallest MiniDV camcorder we’ve tested. Unfortunately, the small size is the big news. Asid...
Stylish and compact; oversized 3-inch LCD; Active Interface Shoe (hot shoe).
No viewfinder; optical zoom is only 10x; no manual controls; letterboxed (cropped) 16:9 mode; image stabilization is electronic, not optical; no night mode; stills are only 640 x 480; dock required for video transfer; expensive.
The Sony DCR-PC55 looks good, but the video quality is only average. Unless portability is your main consideration, you can find better-featured camcorders than this for the money...
70%
goodgearguide.com.au
Updated:
2017-03-01
Much like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1, the Handycam DCR-PC55 is one of the first digital cameras to utilise a touch-screen LCD. The blending of these two technologies has created a camera that ultimately sacrifices functionality and performance for flas...
50%
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