Sony DCR-PC1000E

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Sony DCR-PC1000E Camcorder

High end Mini DV camcorder from Sony.


3 CCD detectors and high quality lens combine to provide excellent picture quality

Can shoot in conventional mode or 16:9 widescreen mode

Can take 2.76 Megapixel digital photographs

Built-in flash

Features DV-in and DV-out

USB 2.0 terminal with USB Video Class (streaming in DV quality)



Poor ergonomics, not comfortable to hold, controls do not fall naturally under the users fingers.

Battery life per charge could be better, budget for additional batteries

A larger LCD screen would have been welcome

Optical zoom limited to 10x


List Price: £949 inc. VAT

Best Internet price found: £698.95 inc. VAT


Star Rating: 8.5 Stars  Excellent high end Mini DV camcorder although you may want to check out the imminent High Definition Sony HDR-HC1 camcorder (due c July 2005) which is capable of HDV 1080i image resolution.