Sony Handycam HDR-HC5 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CMOS

16:9 - 2 Megapixel Image - 1.1 Megapixel Video - 10x Optical Zoom - 80x Digital Zoom - Electronic IS - MPN: HDRHC5
Product Details
Description
Capture high definition and standard definition video to a MiniDV cassette with the HDR-HC5 high definition camcorder. Record every detail of every moment with the 10x optical/80x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens. However, you'll be capturing more than just video with the 4.0 megapixels still image feature. Snap spectacular 2.3 megapixels photos while filming in dual record mode. The HDR-HC5 even slows down the audio. Get it all and get it in high definition with this amazing camcorder.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x i.Link, 1 x USB, 1 x Component Video Out, 1 x S-Video Out, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LANC, 1 x DC Power In
Image Stabilization Electronic
normalized-Weight 21.12
normalized-Optical Zoom 10
Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam Hdr-hc5
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Handycam Hdr-hc5 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.54 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #10 HDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Sony HDR-HC5
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

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User Reviews
Sony HDR-HC5 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member htny01k - Jul 17, 2008   

Strengths: Small and compact. Beautiful High Def picture.

Weakness: Poor picture in low light, motor noise.

This is a great Sony compact high def camcorder. It uses minidv tape which will get you a good 60 min of high def video. It has a 4 meg still camera built-in which uses Sony memory stick. This feature comes in very handy when you want to take still pictures. It's light and has a small form factor. It will give you great HD home video picture without shelling out a lot of $$$. Highly recommend it.

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Great HD camcorder at affordable price
4 Star Review   By member xujacob - Jul 13, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, high quality video at day time, 2.7" LCD touch screen

Weakness: Not good video at night, mini DV tape

Overall, this is a great camcorder. The touch screen is realy nice and easy to use. The HD video quality is definitely recommended. The video is great at daytime but not that good at night. Battery life is OK for about 1 hour. Mini DV is not my best choice but I am OK with it. But the price is good compared to other HD camcorder.

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EXCELLENT Value For the Dollar You Spend on this puppy
5 Star Review   By member turrmoil - Mar 23, 2008   

Strengths: Great Sound, Durable, Simple Controls, Great Features, Versatile, Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality I have been videoing wedding for 5 years, and have used all types of video camers. I find this a great camcorder for weddings, the lux reading

Weakness: The manual functions are not very practical. My only wish is that it had external mic input. You can purchase the little microphone that sits in the hot shoe, but you can not connect an XLR converter to it. The built-in mic is just as good, if not better

Great Sound, Durable, Simple Controls, Great Features, Versatile, Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality I have been videoing wedding for 5 years, and have used all types of video cameras. I find this a great camcorder for weddings, the lux reading is 1.5 which is great. The only thing that I would chance is the shutter speed. It is set from the factory at 30. I manually change it to 60. Another nice thing about this camera is the low light shooting feature. It allows you to shoot in literally pitch black darkness without blinding anyone. This is a great feature for night time video shooting say when going out for a camping night or something. Another benefit of this camera is that if you owned a mini dv before this one, you don't have to buy new media. One might argue that Hard Drive HD camcorders also have this benefit... but to those I will say the following: (1) you discard your tapes that you invested in when you were using your mini dv camera (2) Hard Drive camcorders will continue to be expensive for atleast another 10-12 months (3) The life of a hard disk on camcorders hasn't been prooven... i.e. they have not been long enough on the market to tell us how long the hard drives last (4) In case data corruption occurs on the hard drive or if the hard drive crashes, there's a chance you will loose all your recording, but with mini dv you hedge "some" of that risk by splitting your video across tapes Hence, overall, this is a great value for the money and unless someone can convince me to spend the extra dollars for a Hard Drive based HD camcorder I am very happy with my purchase... you cannot go wrong buying this camera.

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Good camcorder, but Sony has better models out there
3 Star Review   By member mwerum - Nov 24, 2007   

Strengths: HD video, small size, good image quality

Weakness: Poor UI, buttons and ports randomly placed on camera, HD video still looks like camcorder video

We've had this camera for a couple of months now, primarily in anticipation of our new daughter who came a week ago! We've shot indoors, outdoors, people, nature, we've used HD and SD video formats. Overall, it's a good camera, however Sony has a hard drive based HD camcorder for less money with a MUCH better user interface that I wish I had looked into more. The UI on this is really clunky. I like the touch screen idea, but the graphics and the organization are a nightmare! The other model I saw had smooth buttons and a pleasingly intuitive look and feel. The HD video is impressive, but you won't confuse it with a Spielberg movie or even HDTV programming. It is still obviously from a camcorder -- with grain and odd colors, especially around bright light sources. For most people with widescreen TVs, the SD widescreen setting will do fine. It will fill up your screen without filling up your computer (assuming you do digital editing of your video). One other downside is the random assortment of ports and buttons. I'm still finding hidden port covers here and there. It would be nice if all the buttons were in one place and all the ports were as well. It would also be nice to use the FireWire port for all data in and out of the camera. Any still photos have to be transferred with the USB port, requiring a separate hook-and-unhook routine.

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Awesome camcorder! I'm loving it!
5 Star Review   By member claytaylor - Nov 10, 2007   

Strengths: You just cant beat Sony's Night Shot. I'm also loving the 1080i HD recording.

Weakness: It's hard to find any. I do know in order to improve the night shot I'm going to go and pick up the IR light adapter which will triple the distance for the night shot.

I love the camera so far. The still pictures as well as the video are truly amazing with the 1080i HD. I'm using it for my two passions - my family and paranormal investigations. For the latter Sony's Night Shot can't be beat. Personally I dont feel that the extra 200-300 dollars for the HC7 is worth it, but to each their own.

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Get the HDR-HC7
3 Star Review   By member imran2 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: Great for day time, touch screen menu...

Weakness: Connection annoying, Low light quality poor....

I was really looking forward for this Camera to produce great quality video, got all the correct accessories, and and started to play with it. I hooked it up to my 60inch XBR2 Screen and right away I saw pixels almost like the analog camera would show. I messed around with some setting but the quality never changed. All the setting were correct on the TV and Cam was set to full HD. Next morning I turned it on again to check out how it looked during the daytime and it was flawless. No pixels, clear picture. Finally HD feeling went over me :D Yup it doesn't look so good in low light, at all but looks perfect in bright sunny light. I love its menu features, they are easy to use. After few hours of recording I tried transfering and well thats not that friendly either. DV connection is little annoying. HDMI connection is hidden. I had to look all over. I know could have just look at the manual but whats the fun in that. But I finally broke down and learned all about this Camcorder. Its pretty decent but not great. video pixels on HDR-HC7 are 5X better and it take better video in low light, must be the extra pixels. I would save your money and buy something else. HDR-HC5 is not worth what it costs.

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HDR-HC5
4 Star Review   By member gouki64 - Mar 4, 2007   

Strengths: HD camcorder for people on a tight budget. Compact design, simplified menus and buttons, and easy basic menu navigation makes this a great space saving point and shoot camcorder.

Weakness: Lacking a MANUAL CONTROL wheel! ALL Manual adjustments must be made through the LCD touch screen monitor. Frames drop during low light auto slow shutter mode. Accessories are all proprietary Sony.

So I finally got my HDR-HC5 Camcorder and for starters, After reading through the instruction manual and using it for the last few days, here are a few of my thoughts: ---Ergonomics--- This camcorder is small! Very small. My initial impression from palming it reminded me of palming a football. The compactness of this camcorder was one of the reasons why I decided on purchasing the HDR-HC5, it will be a breeze carrying it with me wherever I go. After putting my hand through the strap to shoot, the design of if felt a little strange and it took some time to adjust to. To elaborate, the strap is connected to the minidv tape deck, which is angled slighting downward, making the connected lens to shoot aim downwards too. The shooter will have to either bend their elbow or bend their wrist to shoot perpendicular to the ground. This was a small problem, nothing a little practice and personal calibration won't fix. The best thing I've found on this camcorder were the nifty controls on the side of the LCD touch screen monitor to control the zoom and record function. The default zoom located on the top of the unit is ridiculously fast. It gives the viewer the impression they are going warp speed! So I mainly rely on the secondary zoom buttons on the LCD monitor. Secondly, there is a small extremely sensitive "PHOTO" button located on the top of the camcorder, next to the zoom buttons. I find my fingers resting in that general area when I'm not shooting and when placing my finger over the PHOTO button, the camcorder automatically switches to PHOTO MODE. This will pop the flash out and switch from record mode to picture mode. I wish there was a way to disable the photo mode completely. All in all, the camcorder is small, palmable, and very light. ---Recorded Visual Quality--- From the samples I have recorded, the quality is good. For the price I paid, it is good enough. There is a lot of debate of oh, why would you want to shoot with the Sony HDR-HC5 when the Sony HDR-HC7 is so much better? OR why would you pick the HDR-HC5 over the Canon HV10? To answer those questions, I based my decision on price. Will paying an extra 300 dollars for an HDR-HC7 give me 300 dollars more benefit? Perhaps for the manual controls and the bigger sensor, it may be worth it for some. But for me, an extra 300 dollars for my budget was too much. Now comes to the decision of why I selected the HDR-HC5 over the Canon HV10. This came down to the design of the Canon HV10, which didn't fit what I wanted from a camcorder. This is a highly debated topic, so everyone will have something to say about it. I digress, back to the visual quality. The visual quality is great on my HDTV. Don't kid yourself and think the visual quality is better than the HDR-HC7 or even the HV10. You will see grains in lowlight situations with the HDR-HC5 and you will see purple moire patterns in contrasted light environments. For me, it was a huge increase in quality over standard definition video quality, and at the price I got this camcorder for, it was a no brainer to select this camcorder over similar priced non-HD camcorders. ---Ease of Use--- There are two modes to shoot video on the HDR-HC5: Limited manual control shooting mode and EASY MODE point and shoot with settings automatically adjusted. I found both modes extremely easy to navigate and configure, if you don't have a clue what you're doing or what the manual controls mean, you cannot go wrong with EASY MODE. ---Conclusion--- To conclude, I found this camera to be a great compromise of manual settings and visual quality. Don't get me wrong, the visual quality looks great on an HDTV, even beautiful in the proper shooting environments. However, you can find better visual quality for paying a bit more. The lack of a manual control wheel was a huge compromise. Having to navigate through an LCD touch screen menu and making adjustments to manual controls on a touch screen is atrocious. You may find a manual control wheel is worth the extra money which can be found on the HDR-HC7 or even the discontinued HDR-HC3. All in all, the HDR-HC5 is a great main stream, easy to use, point and shoot, limited control, high definition camcorder. My parents find it easy to use, which matters a lot because they will probably end up using it more than I will.

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Product Details
Description
Capture high definition and standard definition video to a MiniDV cassette with the HDR-HC5 high definition camcorder. Record every detail of every moment with the 10x optical/80x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens. However, you'll be capturing more than just video with the 4.0 megapixels still image feature. Snap spectacular 2.3 megapixels photos while filming in dual record mode. The HDR-HC5 even slows down the audio. Get it all and get it in high definition with this amazing camcorder.
Quick Glance
Recording Media Tape Media, Memory Card, MiniDV
LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
Interface Connection 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x i.Link, 1 x USB, 1 x Component Video Out, 1 x S-Video Out, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LANC, 1 x DC Power In
Image Stabilization Electronic
normalized-Weight 21.12
normalized-Optical Zoom 10
Summary
Product Title Sony Handycam HDR-HC5 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CMOS
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.2 | 9 Reviews
Image Processor
Image Sensor: CMOS
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Image Sensor Size: 1/3"
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 10 X
Digital Zoom: 80x
Filter Diameter: 37 mm
Video Recording
Video Capture Format: HDV, MPEG-1
Minimum Lux Rating: 2 lux
General Features
Additional Features: Backlight Compensation, Built-in Light, Built-in Speaker, Fader Function, Viewfinder
Power
Power Source: DC Input
Dimensions
Height: 3.3 in
Weight: 1.32 lbs
Width: 3.3 in
Depth: 5.4 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
More Info
Merchants (Images): Camcorderinfo
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Electronic
Image Format: JPEG
Video Broadcast Standards: NTSC (analog)
Product Series: HDR
Product Line: Handycam
White Balance: Auto, Manual
Max Focal Length: 51 mm
Flash: Accessory Shoe
Effective Video Resolution: 1.1 Megapixel
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Spot Focus
Total Camcorder Resolution: 2.1 Megapixel
Product Model: HDR-HC5
Effective Image Resolution: 2 Megapixel
Brand Name: Sony
Total Pixels: 2100000
Maximum Image Resolution: 2304 x 1728
Included Components: AC Adapter, Battery, Remote
Number of Scene Modes: 11
Audio Support: PCM, Stereo
Minimum Shutter Speed: 2 1/f
Maximum Video Lines: 1080
Parent Retsku: B000M3EP4W
Min Focal Length: 5.1 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2304 pixels
Max Aperture: 1.8 1/f
Interlaced Scan: Yes
Frequency Band: Built-in Intelligent Flash Super NightShot Infrared System InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System Multi-Language Menu One Touch Wide Angle Shooting Easy Handycam On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons Effective Pixels in Wide Screen (16:9) Modes: Video: 1.43 MegaPixels Still: 1.49 MegaPixels
Special Effects: 16:9 Wide Screen TV Effect, Black and White, Cinema, Mosaic, Negative Art, Sepia, Slow Shutter, Solarization
Maximum Shutter Speed: 960 1/f
Exposure Settings: AE Lock, Auto Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 1728 pixels
Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam Hdr-hc5
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Handycam Hdr-hc5 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 3.54 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #10 HDV camcorder of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Sony HDR-HC5
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 4 expert reviews for Sony HDR-HC5 and the average expert rating is 80 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Sony HDR-HC5 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
4 Star Review   By member htny01k - Jul 17, 2008   

Strengths: Small and compact. Beautiful High Def picture.

Weakness: Poor picture in low light, motor noise.

This is a great Sony compact high def camcorder. It uses minidv tape which will get you a good 60 min of high def video. It has a 4 meg still camera built-in which uses Sony memory stick. This feature comes in very handy when you want to take still pictures. It's light and has a small form factor. It will give you great HD home video picture without shelling out a lot of $$$. Highly recommend it.

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Great HD camcorder at affordable price
4 Star Review   By member xujacob - Jul 13, 2008   

Strengths: Easy to use, high quality video at day time, 2.7" LCD touch screen

Weakness: Not good video at night, mini DV tape

Overall, this is a great camcorder. The touch screen is realy nice and easy to use. The HD video quality is definitely recommended. The video is great at daytime but not that good at night. Battery life is OK for about 1 hour. Mini DV is not my best choice but I am OK with it. But the price is good compared to other HD camcorder.

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EXCELLENT Value For the Dollar You Spend on this puppy
5 Star Review   By member turrmoil - Mar 23, 2008   

Strengths: Great Sound, Durable, Simple Controls, Great Features, Versatile, Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality I have been videoing wedding for 5 years, and have used all types of video camers. I find this a great camcorder for weddings, the lux reading

Weakness: The manual functions are not very practical. My only wish is that it had external mic input. You can purchase the little microphone that sits in the hot shoe, but you can not connect an XLR converter to it. The built-in mic is just as good, if not better

Great Sound, Durable, Simple Controls, Great Features, Versatile, Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality I have been videoing wedding for 5 years, and have used all types of video cameras. I find this a great camcorder for weddings, the lux reading is 1.5 which is great. The only thing that I would chance is the shutter speed. It is set from the factory at 30. I manually change it to 60. Another nice thing about this camera is the low light shooting feature. It allows you to shoot in literally pitch black darkness without blinding anyone. This is a great feature for night time video shooting say when going out for a camping night or something. Another benefit of this camera is that if you owned a mini dv before this one, you don't have to buy new media. One might argue that Hard Drive HD camcorders also have this benefit... but to those I will say the following: (1) you discard your tapes that you invested in when you were using your mini dv camera (2) Hard Drive camcorders will continue to be expensive for atleast another 10-12 months (3) The life of a hard disk on camcorders hasn't been prooven... i.e. they have not been long enough on the market to tell us how long the hard drives last (4) In case data corruption occurs on the hard drive or if the hard drive crashes, there's a chance you will loose all your recording, but with mini dv you hedge "some" of that risk by splitting your video across tapes Hence, overall, this is a great value for the money and unless someone can convince me to spend the extra dollars for a Hard Drive based HD camcorder I am very happy with my purchase... you cannot go wrong buying this camera.

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Good camcorder, but Sony has better models out there
3 Star Review   By member mwerum - Nov 24, 2007   

Strengths: HD video, small size, good image quality

Weakness: Poor UI, buttons and ports randomly placed on camera, HD video still looks like camcorder video

We've had this camera for a couple of months now, primarily in anticipation of our new daughter who came a week ago! We've shot indoors, outdoors, people, nature, we've used HD and SD video formats. Overall, it's a good camera, however Sony has a hard drive based HD camcorder for less money with a MUCH better user interface that I wish I had looked into more. The UI on this is really clunky. I like the touch screen idea, but the graphics and the organization are a nightmare! The other model I saw had smooth buttons and a pleasingly intuitive look and feel. The HD video is impressive, but you won't confuse it with a Spielberg movie or even HDTV programming. It is still obviously from a camcorder -- with grain and odd colors, especially around bright light sources. For most people with widescreen TVs, the SD widescreen setting will do fine. It will fill up your screen without filling up your computer (assuming you do digital editing of your video). One other downside is the random assortment of ports and buttons. I'm still finding hidden port covers here and there. It would be nice if all the buttons were in one place and all the ports were as well. It would also be nice to use the FireWire port for all data in and out of the camera. Any still photos have to be transferred with the USB port, requiring a separate hook-and-unhook routine.

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Awesome camcorder! I'm loving it!
5 Star Review   By member claytaylor - Nov 10, 2007   

Strengths: You just cant beat Sony's Night Shot. I'm also loving the 1080i HD recording.

Weakness: It's hard to find any. I do know in order to improve the night shot I'm going to go and pick up the IR light adapter which will triple the distance for the night shot.

I love the camera so far. The still pictures as well as the video are truly amazing with the 1080i HD. I'm using it for my two passions - my family and paranormal investigations. For the latter Sony's Night Shot can't be beat. Personally I dont feel that the extra 200-300 dollars for the HC7 is worth it, but to each their own.

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Get the HDR-HC7
3 Star Review   By member imran2 - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: Great for day time, touch screen menu...

Weakness: Connection annoying, Low light quality poor....

I was really looking forward for this Camera to produce great quality video, got all the correct accessories, and and started to play with it. I hooked it up to my 60inch XBR2 Screen and right away I saw pixels almost like the analog camera would show. I messed around with some setting but the quality never changed. All the setting were correct on the TV and Cam was set to full HD. Next morning I turned it on again to check out how it looked during the daytime and it was flawless. No pixels, clear picture. Finally HD feeling went over me :D Yup it doesn't look so good in low light, at all but looks perfect in bright sunny light. I love its menu features, they are easy to use. After few hours of recording I tried transfering and well thats not that friendly either. DV connection is little annoying. HDMI connection is hidden. I had to look all over. I know could have just look at the manual but whats the fun in that. But I finally broke down and learned all about this Camcorder. Its pretty decent but not great. video pixels on HDR-HC7 are 5X better and it take better video in low light, must be the extra pixels. I would save your money and buy something else. HDR-HC5 is not worth what it costs.

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HDR-HC5
4 Star Review   By member gouki64 - Mar 4, 2007   

Strengths: HD camcorder for people on a tight budget. Compact design, simplified menus and buttons, and easy basic menu navigation makes this a great space saving point and shoot camcorder.

Weakness: Lacking a MANUAL CONTROL wheel! ALL Manual adjustments must be made through the LCD touch screen monitor. Frames drop during low light auto slow shutter mode. Accessories are all proprietary Sony.

So I finally got my HDR-HC5 Camcorder and for starters, After reading through the instruction manual and using it for the last few days, here are a few of my thoughts: ---Ergonomics--- This camcorder is small! Very small. My initial impression from palming it reminded me of palming a football. The compactness of this camcorder was one of the reasons why I decided on purchasing the HDR-HC5, it will be a breeze carrying it with me wherever I go. After putting my hand through the strap to shoot, the design of if felt a little strange and it took some time to adjust to. To elaborate, the strap is connected to the minidv tape deck, which is angled slighting downward, making the connected lens to shoot aim downwards too. The shooter will have to either bend their elbow or bend their wrist to shoot perpendicular to the ground. This was a small problem, nothing a little practice and personal calibration won't fix. The best thing I've found on this camcorder were the nifty controls on the side of the LCD touch screen monitor to control the zoom and record function. The default zoom located on the top of the unit is ridiculously fast. It gives the viewer the impression they are going warp speed! So I mainly rely on the secondary zoom buttons on the LCD monitor. Secondly, there is a small extremely sensitive "PHOTO" button located on the top of the camcorder, next to the zoom buttons. I find my fingers resting in that general area when I'm not shooting and when placing my finger over the PHOTO button, the camcorder automatically switches to PHOTO MODE. This will pop the flash out and switch from record mode to picture mode. I wish there was a way to disable the photo mode completely. All in all, the camcorder is small, palmable, and very light. ---Recorded Visual Quality--- From the samples I have recorded, the quality is good. For the price I paid, it is good enough. There is a lot of debate of oh, why would you want to shoot with the Sony HDR-HC5 when the Sony HDR-HC7 is so much better? OR why would you pick the HDR-HC5 over the Canon HV10? To answer those questions, I based my decision on price. Will paying an extra 300 dollars for an HDR-HC7 give me 300 dollars more benefit? Perhaps for the manual controls and the bigger sensor, it may be worth it for some. But for me, an extra 300 dollars for my budget was too much. Now comes to the decision of why I selected the HDR-HC5 over the Canon HV10. This came down to the design of the Canon HV10, which didn't fit what I wanted from a camcorder. This is a highly debated topic, so everyone will have something to say about it. I digress, back to the visual quality. The visual quality is great on my HDTV. Don't kid yourself and think the visual quality is better than the HDR-HC7 or even the HV10. You will see grains in lowlight situations with the HDR-HC5 and you will see purple moire patterns in contrasted light environments. For me, it was a huge increase in quality over standard definition video quality, and at the price I got this camcorder for, it was a no brainer to select this camcorder over similar priced non-HD camcorders. ---Ease of Use--- There are two modes to shoot video on the HDR-HC5: Limited manual control shooting mode and EASY MODE point and shoot with settings automatically adjusted. I found both modes extremely easy to navigate and configure, if you don't have a clue what you're doing or what the manual controls mean, you cannot go wrong with EASY MODE. ---Conclusion--- To conclude, I found this camera to be a great compromise of manual settings and visual quality. Don't get me wrong, the visual quality looks great on an HDTV, even beautiful in the proper shooting environments. However, you can find better visual quality for paying a bit more. The lack of a manual control wheel was a huge compromise. Having to navigate through an LCD touch screen menu and making adjustments to manual controls on a touch screen is atrocious. You may find a manual control wheel is worth the extra money which can be found on the HDR-HC7 or even the discontinued HDR-HC3. All in all, the HDR-HC5 is a great main stream, easy to use, point and shoot, limited control, high definition camcorder. My parents find it easy to use, which matters a lot because they will probably end up using it more than I will.

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