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Sony DCR-PC110

Review posted 6/09/01

Introduction & Physical Views

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Sony's DCR-PC110 Mini DV Handycam camcorder is versatile and powerful. It's the world's first home-use camcorder to record megapixel (1152 x 864 pixels) still images and MPEG movie clips with audio to Memory StickŪ media.

The DCR-PC110 uses the best quality optics to insure that both the video and still images are as sharp and colorful as possible. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens has 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

The PC110 has an intelligent "pop-up" flash helps to capture crisp still images in challenging lighting situations. It communicates with the camera for the optimum exposure, virtually eliminating overexposed or underexposed digital still images. The intelligent flash allows users to choose from four modes depending on their shooting environment: automatic, automatic with red-eye reduction, forced flash or no flash.

DCR-PC110 Features:

  • Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom (4.2-42mm) 38-380mm F1.8-2.2, 120x Digital Zoom (USA version)
  • Full Range Auto/Manual Focus (ring)/ Infinity
  • Image Device: 1/4" CCD with 1,070,000 pixels (690,000 used for video)
  • Eyelevel color viewfinder with 180,000 pixels
  • 2.5" color SwivelScreen with 200,640 pixels
  • DV Format, Quick Record Start, Fine Synchro EditTM
  • Clear Frame Still, Slow/Frame Advance: (with remote)
  • LP Record - 2 hour recording with 80Y tape
  • Memory Stick Recording media: Still Image and MPEG movie clips
  • Recording Mode (JPEG): Super Fine, Fine, Standard
  • Progressive Shutter System
  • Still Image Size: 1152 x 864; 640 x 480 (VGA)
  • Automatic Pop-up Flash
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Anti-Red-Eye Auto, Forced Flash, Flash OFF
  • White Balance: Auto, Hold, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4 - 1/4000 (in AE mode)
  • Program AE 7 Modes: Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson,
    Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset & Moon, Low Lux
  • Exposure Control, Backlight Compensation Switch
  • Digital Effects: 6 modes: Still, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Slow Shutter, Trail, Old Movie
  • Picture Effects: 8 Modes: Slim, Stretch, Mosaic, Solarization, B&W, Sepia, Negative Art and Pastel
  • Iris Control/ Gain Control: (Auto), End Search: (Cam/VTR)
  • Camera Noise Reduction
  • PCM Digital Stereo: (12/16 Bit), PCM Mix Balance: Menu
  • Built in Stereo microphone/ Auto Wind Position, Built in Speaker
  • Playback Zoom: x2
  • Tape to Memory Stick Record: (VGA only)
  • Memory Stick to Tape Record
  • Line In/DV In to Memory Stick Record:
  • MPEG Presentation (320 x 240) Max. 15sec
  • MPEG Video Mail (160 x 112) Max. 60 sec
  • Tape to Memory Stick Record, Memory Stick to Tape Record
  • Line In/DV In Memory Stick Record
  • Noiseless Still/Slow
  • DV FireWire IEEE 1394 (Sony iLink): Input/Output
  • USB Terminal: (Mini- B) Input/Output

Physical Views

Sony DCR-PC110

Sony DCR-PC110

Sony DCR-PC110

Sony DCR-PC110

Sony DCR-PC110

Sony DCR-PC110

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DCR-PC110 Specifications

Format MiniDV
Horizontal resolution 520 lines
Video signal NTSC color, EIA standard
Video recording system Digital component recording
Audio recording system Digital (16/12-bit PCM)
Tape speeds SP: Approx. 18.83mm/sec
LP: Approx. 12.57mm/sec
Recording time SP: 80min (DVM80)
LP: 120min (DVM80)
Playback time SP: 80min (DVM80)
LP: 120min (DVM80)
Image sensor 1/4" Sony Advanced HAD CCD:
1,070,000 pixels gross
(Still images: 1,000,000 / Moving images: 690,000)
Viewfinder Color (0.44" 180,000 pixels)
Lens Carl Zeiss 10x optical / 120x digital zoom lens
Filter diameter: 37 mm
Swivelscreen monitor 2.5" TFT color LCD with 200,640 pixels
Progressive Shutter Mechanical shutter that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlace scanning system.
Shutter speeds 1/4 to 1/4000 (in AE mode)
Program AE Modes Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset & Moon, Low Lux
White balance Auto, Hold, Indoor, Outdoor
SteadyShot Super SteadyShot (Digital)
Minimum illumination 7K Lux (0 Lux using NightShot)
VIDEO IN/OUT (Special AV mini),
(Special AV mini, Stereo),
External MIC Input
(Stereo plug in power),
Phone Jack, LANC Jack,
USB terminal, DC IN
Main Battery Sony M-series InfoLITHIUM (NP-FM50, NP-FM70, NP-FM91)
Power consumption LCD ON 4.2W
(camera recording)
( W x H x D )
60 x 122 x 122 mm
Weight Approx. 590g
without battery and cassette
Supplied accessories AC-L10 Adapter
NP-FM50 Battery
Memory Stick: (4MB)
RMT-811 Wireless Remote CommanderŪ
Stereo A/V Cable
USB Cable
PhotoSuite/VideoWave/USB Driver (CD-ROM)
Lithium Clock Battery Installed
Lens Hood/Lens Cap
2 AA Sony alkaline batteries (for remote)

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