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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old February 21st, 2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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HC3 - Optical or Electronic Image Stabilization?

Which one does it have? Thanks.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 05:32 PM   #2
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I am shure its not optical.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 11:17 PM   #3
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My bet would be electronic. It is quite a bit smaller than HC1, and HC1 uses electronic. Optics add to weight, cost and size, none of those are compatible with a palm camcorder.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 01:09 AM   #4
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Definetely electronic.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 08:10 AM   #5
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HC3 audio

As it stands right now, there is no way to create an audio input jack for the HC3 using its hot shoe? Sony turns a deaf ear to that need as well?
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Old March 21st, 2006, 08:11 PM   #6
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As it stands right now, there is no way to create an audio input jack for the HC3 using its hot shoe? Sony turns a deaf ear to that need as well?
There are several Sony hotshoe mikes you can use on the HC3. Also, a hotshoe mike adaptor for it is reportedly in the works by an independent company, but there's no certainty about it yet. Keep watching this forum for news.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 10:44 AM   #7
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HC3 at BB

I was in Best Buy on saturday and they had a HC3 hooked up to a monitor. What a great picture. This camcorder is the same size as my old Hi-8 or the little digital 8 I have. They even put some 24fps on it.

I will probably still hold out for a GL3, or something like a FX1. But I would love to have this camera to carry around. You can buy it online at Best Buy for $1300 something. By Christmas it will be $700!!
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Old May 15th, 2006, 10:58 AM   #8
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Old May 15th, 2006, 12:16 PM   #9
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Hc3

let me try again. I was at a store and they had a Sony HC3 hooked up to some kind of monitor. The picture was really, really good. I will wait and see what Canon comes out with i.e. GL3. But if I needed a good walking around camcorder this HDV/DV is awesome. The going price is around $1400. But in a few months it will be under $1,000
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Old May 15th, 2006, 02:06 PM   #10
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Just bought HC3 off of B&H for 1349.95

Amazon has the same price plus FREE shipping. Duh, missed that one.

I am replying because I doubt it will fall much. The dollar is still falling against the yen, the HC3 is rumored to be the hottest selling camcorder in Japan = Demand is picking up.

I need mine for a vacation trip NOW, otherwise I would have waited.

Does B&H beat Amazon prices? That would be a good one. Amazon carries so much of the inventory that B&H moves alot of, the low fruit on the tree, that has got to hurt sales. SHHHH, don't tell.

Best Buy has good deals on opened or returned items. I would insist new in box so none of the sales guys play with it before you do.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 02:43 PM   #11
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Jerry I don't blame you. The picture quality on the HC3 was great. My credit card was trying to pop out of my wallet. But I just paid for my Nikon 17-55 so I'll have to wait.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 01:32 PM   #12
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Hc3 Accessory Question

Hi guys, im just curious will the shades,wide angle lenses that fit hc1 and a1u fit also with the hc3?
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Old May 27th, 2006, 05:04 PM   #13
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No, the HC1 and A1U's filter size is 37mm, the HC3's filter size is 30mm.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:36 PM   #14
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Yes, just use a 30mm-37mm Step-Up Ring ($6.95 at B&H and probably the same or less at a million other camera supply stores) if you want to use 37mm accessories.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 03:28 AM   #15
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Thanks

Thanks a lot guys!
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