- High quality video, compact size
- Fuzzy still images
A lightweight camera that's got the goods.
Price$ 1,299.00 (AUD)
Although the Sony DCRHC42 is a lightweight in both price and heft, it's far from lightweight in quality. The DCRHC42 produced great-looking video in our tests, with smooth movement. It also captured strong, accurate colours, even under difficult lighting conditions such as indoors under fluorescent lights.
The still images the camera took were disappointing: very fuzzy, with bland colours. The camcorder can record still images to a Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo card at a maximum resolution of 1152 x 864 (about one megapixel). Although having the option to take still images is nice, the results really aren't good for anything except showing on a TV. The camera can also record low-resolution video to the Memory Stick.
The DCRHC42 fits well in the hand and, at 410g sans battery, it is light enough to be carried around all day. At 54.7mm thick and 111mm long, this camcorder should just squeeze into a large pocket. While the controls sit comfortably under the fingers, we found that the 12X optical zoom control lacked resistance--anything more than slight pressure set off zooming in or out very quickly, and it took a deft touch to slow it down.
The 2.7" wide-aspect LCD looked great in all but direct sunlight. Most camcorders, when shooting in 16:9 mode, display the video with black bars at the top and bottom, resulting in a smaller image. However, the Sony's wide-aspect LCD lets the DCRHC42 use the whole screen, which means you can see the image much better.
For recharging and linking to the PC, the camcorder docks in the included Handycam Station. The Station also has the USB 2.0 and FireWire ports to connect to the PC. This design means that you don't have to unplug everything when you take the camera with you, but it also means that you can't connect the camcorder to your PC (for transferring video or images) without that unit. Another problem is that the camera also fits rather loosely into the docking station, and can be easily jolted out during a video transfer, halting the process.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 2 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
- 4 Oppo A57 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft's Story Remix uses machine learning and mixed reality to make your movies awesome
- New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw
- Twitter will stream video news from Bloomberg all day, every day
- Facebook launches tool for capturing 360 video inside VR
- Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro finally adds 4K video support for local files
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCBusiness Change ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst l GROUP LIFE INSURANCE l SydneyVIC
- CCSQL Server DBA - Gold CoastQLD
- FTICT SpecialistNSW
- FTSenior DBANSW
- FTBusiness Analyst- Wollongong, Loftus, Sutherland ShireNSW
- FTPractise Manager - SecurityVIC
- FTBusiness Development Manager IT Software & Primary HealthcareQLD
- FTSystem Analyst - IntegrationQLD
- TPSOE EngineerACT
- FTP3O SpecialistACT
- FTSystem Support Analyst, ERPNSW
- FTTest Analyst - Application TestingACT
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTTeam Leader Application SupportVIC
- FTSenior Project Manager (Applications) - 2 positionsQLD
- FTStorage EngineerSA
- FTChange Manager, Agile, WealthNSW
- FTDatacentre Solution ArchitectNSW
- TPSenior Developer Azure Power BINSW
- TPSenior ConsultantNSW
- TPSenior Web DeveloperQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager | DETQLD
- FTRecord Management Support OfficerACT