Capture and transfer video images quickly and easily with Sony's DCR-HC42 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder. Its professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens captures stunning images with natural color and tones while the Advanced HAD CCD imager provides brilliant detail and clarity. The Progressive Shutter System supplies digital still images with excellent definition and sharpness.
The DCR-HC42 makes transferring data simple via the included Handycam Station docking device. Now you can easily connect to television for viewing and to a USB-compatible PC for editing and sharing digital images and video. Memory Stick Duo media compatibility makes it simple for you to take your images with you wherever you go.
2.7" Wide Touch Panel Swivel Screen LCD Display (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.
12X Optical/480X 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.
Super 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.
1.0 Megapixel (Gross) Advanced HAD CCD Imager
1/5.5" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 690K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos and digital still photography performance.
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 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 PCs.
InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System
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.
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 interface in real-time for easy PC editing of your analog footage.
Picture Package Software
Easily organize still images and video, and turn them into stunning music videos using the supplied software.
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.
Super NightShot Plus Infrared System
With Sony's Super NightShot Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 20 feet away using the built-in infrared system, but without the overall monochrome color common with earlier low-light recording systems.
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.
Digital Still Memory Mode with Memory Stick Duo Media
Capture still images at 1152x864 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo Media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Automatically advances the video tape to the last 5 seconds of the recorded scene. This prevents accidentally recording over previously recorded videos.
Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black, Mosaic, White, Monotone and Stripe.
Add professional looking titles to your video. Select from 8 presets, or customize 2 titles with up to 22 characters.
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.
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.
|Imaging Device||1/5.5" 1070K Gross Pixel CCD|
|Video Actual||690K Pixels|
|Still Actual||1000K Pixels|
|Focal||1.8 - 2.5|
|Focal Distance||3 - 350mm Telemacro|
|35mm Conversion||Camera: 48 - 576mm (4:3)46 - 628.5 (16:9) Memory: 40-480 (4:3)|
|Lens||Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar|
|Focusing||Full Range Auto/Manual (Touch Panel)|
|SteadyShot Image Stabilization:||Super SteadyShot|
|Minimum Illumination||7 Lux (0 Lux with NightShot Plus Infrared System)|
|NightShot Infrared System:||Super NightShot Plus|
|Shutter Speed:||1/12 - 1/4000 (AE Mode)|
|Viewfinder:||Black and White, 123K Pixels|
|LCD:||2.7" Color (123K)|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes Active Interface|
|Video Input/Output||Yes (Special)|
|Audio Input/Output||Yes (Stereo, Special)|
|Interface connector for Handycam Station||Available|
|LANC (Accessory) Terminal||Available|
|Memory Stick Compatibility||Available (Memory Stick Pro Duo media)|
|Headphone Jack:||Not Available|
|Microphone Input||Not Available|
|Exposure||Available, Touch Panel (24 steps)|
|Power Consumption||VF 2.6W, LCD 3.0W, VF+LCD 3.2W|
|Dimensions||2 1/4" (W) x 3 5/8" (H) x 4 1/2" (D)|
|Weight||14.5 oz (410g) w/out Tape and Battery|
|Service and Warranty||1 Year Parts/90 Days Labor|