Sony HDR-HC3

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mrjaja, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. mrjaja macrumors newbie

    mrjaja

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    As well as a MacBook, another thing I'd like to get with it is a camcorder. And for some time, I've liked the look of the Sony Handycam HDR-HC3. I found a good website (www.digitalrev.com) which has offered a very good price for it, considering some places charge quite a lot for it.

    However I recently checked Digital Rev and I discovered that the camcorder was no longer there :confused:

    Has is been discontinued?

    The Sony website still shows the HDR-HC3 and it provides links and addresses to where you can "get one". But a lot of the websites they show don't have it either :confused:

    So, is the camcorder:
    • Discontinued
    • or not as wide spread as it's cousins (HDR-HC5, and the HDR-HC7)

    Is there another good website which sells the camcorder for a good price?

    Thanks a million in advance :)
     
  2. scamateur macrumors member

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    The HC3 does not appear in the Adorama or B&H Photo or Ritz catalogs; only one seller (which I didn't check) on Amazon claims to carry it. I would conclude that the legitimate retail channel has dried up for this superceded model.

    I have an HC3 and I like it. I wouldn't buy any camera from any but the best known retailers, though. If it's a "good" price, it may well be too good to be true.
     
  3. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

    AviationFan

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    I second scamateur's recommendation to check out the dealer before placing an order.

    As far as the camera goes, I have one, and I also have a Sony Z1U. The HC3 produces a beautiful picture in good (read: lots of light) conditions. Manual settings are, well, not its strength, and neither is audio (no external audio input, unless you buy an adapter for a 3.5mm plug from Sony). But for the money, the HC3 can deliver an outstanding picture.

    - Martin
     
  4. Prange57 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Sony HDR-HC3 and just bought my first mac - the new 24" iMac.

    So far, I have not been able to import video via the Firewire port/cable. My oder DV camcorder imports just fine. Any thoughts?
     

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