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DCR-HC20
Digital Handycam® Camcorder
The DCR-HC20 is Sony’s entry level MiniDV
Handycam camcorder in an all new compact
design. It’s full of features such as
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens system,
2.5" SwivelScreen™ Touch Panel LCD
Screen, 10X Optical / 120X Digital Zoom and
more, to help preserve your digital memories.
F E AT U R E S
1/6" Advanced HAD™ CCD Imager, 680K
Pixels Gross
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 color bandwidth (vs. VHS) and significantly
higher S/N ratio, to provide stunning video
performance.
10X Optical /120X Digital Zoom
The optical zoom helps to bring the action up
close 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.
2.5" Hybrid SwivelScreen™ Touch Panel
LCD Display (123K Pixels)
Provides excellent viewing clarity
with improved resolution. The
123K pixel LCD display makes
images sharp and detailed during playback or
when monitoring recording. The Hybrid
Reflective-Transmissive LCD Screen provides
accurate viewing in sunlight or bright light,
virtually eliminating the “wash-out” common
with traditional LCD Screens.
➤Professional Quality Carl Zeiss
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Vario-Tessar Lens
Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced
optical multi-layer coating offering
less glare and flare with increased
contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance,
true-to-life color saturation and perfect
renditions of subtle tones.
Stamina® Battery Power Management
System 8 Hours (Using Optional NP-FP90)
The Sony DCR-HC20 can continuously
record for up to 8 hours or playback
for up to 9 hours (with LCD screen off)
on a single charge with the optional NP-FP90.
➤ STEP-UP
F E AT U R E
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 functions of the
camcorder are “locked out” leaving only the
buttons essential for recording operational.
NightShot Plus Infrared System
An advanced version of Sony’s
NightShot® Infrared system that
allows users to record natural
color images in low-light conditions, but
without the blurring common with other lowlight recording systems.
Battery Information
Battery information is momentarily
displayed without having to power
on the camcorder. Quickly access
the battery’s status by pressing the Battery Info
button. The Recording Time Available is
displayed in minutes on either the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder.
InfoLithium® Battery with AccuPower™
Meter System
Charge the battery at any
time 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 the
viewfinder or the LCD screen.
SteadyShot® Image Stabilization System
A sophisticated picture stabilization
system that uses motion sensors to
compensate for camera “shake”
without compromising picture quality like some
other digital stabilization systems.
Picture Package™ Software
Easily create fun music videos with the
supplied software.
i.LINK®* DV Interface (IEEE1394)
A high speed bi-directional digital
video/audio communication between
two compatible devices equipped with
an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders,
digital VTRs and PCs.
12-Bit/16-Bit PCM Digital Stereo
16-Bit offers the same outstanding sound
quality as compact disc. 12-Bit recording
enables you to add an additional audio track
with compatible audio dubbing equipment or
i.LINK®* interface compatible computers.
Photo Mode
Using Sony’s unique Adaptive
Frame Interpolation for better
image quality, you can store
hundreds of still images with 7 seconds of
audio on the videotape.
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, Sunset & Moon modes.
USB Streaming
Stay connected with family and
friends by broadcasting live video
with audio, via the Internet with
the USB interface. You can even playback your
favorite recorded scene stored on tape. It’s like
having your own web camera or video
conferencing system.
Accessory Shoe
Allows a position on the camcorder in which to
place optional accessories.
DCR-HC20
Digital Handycam® Camcorder
A D D I T I O N A L F E AT U R E S
➤ Built-In Lens Cover
➤LCD Record Button
Digital Audio/Video Fader
Digital Program Editing
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BATTERY LIFE
Multi-Language Menu
Battery*
(Fully charged)
S P E C I F I C AT I O N S
Imaging Device: 1/6" 680K Pixel Advanced HAD™ CCD
Video Actual: 340K Pixels
Still Actual: 340K Pixels
F: 1.7 – 2.3
Focal Distance: 2.3 – 23mm
35mm Conversion: 43 – 430mm
Filter Diameter: 25mm
Optical Zoom: 10X
Digital Zoom: 120X
Focusing: Full Range Auto/ Manual (Touch Panel)
Minimum Illumination: 5 lux (0 lux with NightShot Plus Infrared System)
NightShot® Infrared System: NightShot Plus
Shutter Speed: 1/60 – 1/4000 (AE Mode)
Viewfinder: Black and White, 123K Pixels
LCD: 2.5" (123K) Hybrid Color Touch Panel
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Video Input/Output: No/ Yes (Multi A/V, Special)
Audio Input/Output: No/Yes (Stereo, Special)
i.LINK® DV Interface (IEEE1394): Yes
USB: Yes
USB Streaming: Yes
LANC (Accessory) Terminal: Yes (Stereo, Mini)
Headphone Jack: N/A
Mic. Input: Yes (Stereo)
White Balance: Auto/Outdoor/Indoor/One Push
Exposure: Manual, Touch Panel (24 Steps)
Power Consumption (VF/LCD/VF+LCD): 2.2W/2.5W/2.6W
Software OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Me, 2000 Professional,
Continuous Record Time
VF/LCD/VF+LCD
NP-FP50
125/110/105
NP-FP70
265/235/225
NP-FP90
475/415/400
*Results may vary depending upon
min
min
min
conditions
Continuous Playback Time
LCD On/Off
125/150 min
265/310 min
175/550 min
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
ACC-DVP MiniDV Starter Kit
LCS-VA5 Carrying Case
NP-FP50/70/90 High Capacity InfoLithium®
Batteries
VCL-0625S Wide Angle Lens
VCL-2025S Telephoto Lens
VCL-TW25 Twin Conversion Lens
VF-R25NK Filter Set
XP Home and Pro
Macintosh® OS X (10.1.5 or later)**
Dimensions (WHD): 2" x 3 1⁄2" x 4 1⁄2" (50 x 86 x 112mm)
Weight: 13 oz (380g) without Tape and Battery
Supplied Accessories: AC-L25 Power Adaptor/In Camera Charger, NP-FP50
InfoLithium® Rechargeable Battery, RMT-830 Wireless
Remote Commander® Remote Control, CR2025 Battery,
Multi A/V Cable, LCD Cleaning Cloth, USB Cable, CD-ROM
w/USB Driver (Picture Package™ Software v.1.0 for Sony)
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Sony Electronics Inc.
16765 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
www.sony.com/di
For more information:
1.800.352.SONY
©2004 Sony Electronics Inc.
Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
Sony, AccuPower, Advanced HAD, Handycam, i.LINK, InfoLithium, NightShot, Picture Package, Remote
Commander, SteadyShot, Stamina, SwivelScreen and Worry Free are trademarks of Sony. Carl Zeiss and
Vario-Tessar are trademarks of Carl Zeiss. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights and
measures are approximate.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony, used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connector. All
products with an IEEE1394 connector may not communicate with each other.
** Not compatible with USB Streaming.
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