Sony DCR-HC53 MiniDV Digital Camcorder £99.00 Delivery £4.95 @ Asda
Sony DCR-HC53 MiniDV Digital Camcorder £99.00 Delivery £4.95 @ Asda

Sony DCR-HC53 MiniDV Digital Camcorder £99.00 Delivery £4.95 @ Asda

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The simple, compact and lightweight Sony DCR-HC53 hand-held camcorder with picture motion browser software records on to Mini DV and features an easy-to-use 2.5 inch touch screen LCD screen, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, auto-focus, manual-focus, night shot and Super Steadyshot for improved image stabilization. Also includes an InfoLithium battery with a 3 hour battery life you can shoot for longer, stereo sound and DV (i.Link) connection so you can edit your video with a connected PC (output only).

Colour Silver
Model Number DCR- HC53
Optical Zoom 40x
Digital Zoom 2000x
LCD Screen Size (inch) 2.5
Weight 380 g
Dimensions (WxDxH in cm) H8.5 x D11.4 x W6.3 cm
Length of Parts Guarantee (Years) 1
Length of Labour Guarantee (Years) 1


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This model isn't listed on the Sony website but I think it is the same as the Sony DCR-HC51E.

If anybody has one of these from Asda, do you hear the motor noise recorded onto quite scenes of your video? Or is the motor very quite that you can't hear it?

Good deal. I picked one up today in-store from Asda. I have an old Panasonic which has become very flakey, so wanted another Mini-DV device to retain access to my large collection of tapes. To think the Panasonic cost over £600! This Sony seems pretty good. Looks well made for something so cheap and all feels as sturdy as the Panasonic does.

I've only done a couple of minutes of test shooting at the moment, but it seems to work pretty well. I tried outdoor, indoor and a bit in darkness with the NightShot thing. The IR light isn't very bright, so the nightshot stuff is fairly poor, but usable if you need it. Playback controls rely on use of the touchscreen, which doesn't have a rigid glass covering, so gives that unpleasant 'squelch' effect when you touch it, but it's presumably intended to poked, so won't do any harm unless I'm too rough with it. There is some audible motor whirr on the recordings, but it's not enough to bother me and would be lost beneath any significant volume of soundtrack.

Output-wise, it has both USB (cable supplied), FireWire (cable _not_ supplied) and a proprietary A/V connector with a cable to attach to composite video and L/R audio via phono plugs.

On the whole - very happy so far!

Currently out of stock but this seems to update with new stock quite often !
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