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Sony DCR-HC38 Mini DV Camcorder, 40x Optical/2,000x Digital Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 2.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen

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The Sony DCR-HC38 gives you a full featured, compact Mini DV camcorder, includes the Advanced HAD CCD imager, which captures stunning detail and clarity, and the Digital Zoom, which focuses on distant subjects providing clear close-up images with less distortion. The Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens offers less glare and increased contrast for vivid, more life like color and tones.

Make your personal videos complete with additional customization features such as Picture and Fader effects for creative and professional looking enhancements. Photo Mode allows you to capture and store hundreds of individual still images, Picture Package software helps you organize and edit still images and video.

2.5" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD
The 2.5" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD display features Zoom and Record buttons on the frame of the LCD screen.
Advanced HAD CCD
Advanced (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD provides great detail and clarity with video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance.
Mini DV Recording
Mini DV recording is the preferred format for personal and broadcast quality video, highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution.
Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Uses 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.
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.
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 unfocused so that the subject stands out.
NightShot Plus Infrared System
With Sony's 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.
Super SteadyShot
Picture stabilization system that uses motion sensors to detect and compensate for camera shake without compromising picture quality like some other digital stabilization systems.
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.
The 40x 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.
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.
Picture Effects
Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with 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.
Battery Information
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 percent increments and the recordable time left when using the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Sensor 1/6" Advanced HAD CCD
680,000 Pixels
340,000 Effective Pixels
Lens 1.9-76mm, f/1.8-4.1

35mm equivalent
4:3 mode - 36-1440mm
16:9 mode - 39-1560mm

Zoom 40x Optical
2,000x Digital
Filter Size 30mm
Image Stabilization Electronic Image Stabilizer
Lux 5 lux
0 lux with Nightshot Plus Infrared System
System NTSC
Format Mini DV
Audio PCM Digital Stereo, 12-bit/32kHz/4ch, 16-bit/48kHz/2ch
Time Code Yes
Date & Time Yes
A/V Dubbing Not Specified By Manufacturer
Viewfinder Color with 123,000 Pixels
LCD Monitor 2.5" Touch Panel Color LCD with 123,000 Pixels
Manual Controls Focus - Touch Panel
Exposure - 24 Steps Touch Panel
White Balance - Indoor, Outdoor, Hold
Shutter Speed 1/60-1/4000 - Program AE Mode
Built-in Light No
Built-in Mic Yes - Stereo
Built-in Speaker Yes
Accessory Shoe No
Titler Yes - 8 presets, or customize 2 titles with up to 22 characters
Digital Effects Camera mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone, Solarize, Pastel and Mosaic
Playback mode: Negative Art, Sepia, Monotone and Solarize
Fade Resistance Black, Mosaic, White, Monotone and Stripe
Tape Loading Side Loading
Digital Still Mode
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Card Slot No
Built-in Flash No
Input/Output Connectors
Line In Recording Yes - Digital
Inputs i.Link IEEE-1394: - x1
Outputs S-Video (via optional mini-AV to S-Video converter cable): - 1x
A/V: - x1
i.Link IEEE-1394: - x1
USB Port: - x1
Edit Protocol No
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
Power Requirements AC Power 100-240v, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 1.9 W viewfinder - 2.4 W LCD
2.5 W viewfinder and LCD
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 3.4 x 4.6" (63 x 85 x 115mm)
Weight 15 oz (450g)
Sony DCR-HC38 Mini DV Camcorder, 40x Optical/2,000x Digital Zoom, Color Viewfinder, 2.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
  • Power Adapter "On Camera Charger" (AC-L200)
  • InfoLithium Battery Pack (NP-FH30)
  • Stereo A/V Cable
  • Application Software
  • Enjoy Handycam DVD
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty
  • Recording media is not included, be prepared - always carry extra media.

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    Batteries & Power

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    Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

    Sony -  NP-FH50 H-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack
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    Bags & Cases

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    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

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    Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

    Tiffen -  30mm UV Protector Filter
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    Lenses & Adaptors

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    On-Camera Lights

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    Adjust the lighting for virtually any indoor and many outdoor applications.

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    Tripods & Support

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    Stabilize your video with the support you need.

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    Care & Cleaning

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    Ensure trouble-free performance through proper camcorder maintenance.

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    • Price: $11.45

    Cables & Adaptors

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    Connect the proper cable to enjoy the full quality of your footage.

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    • Price: $39.00

    Underwater Housings

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    Capture great-looking footage underwater.

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