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This ultra compact Handycam offers a simpler shooting solution in a palm-sized, feature packed unit. With the quality and benefits you'd expect from Sony, the DCRHC38 is designed to meet users' demands for easier shooting with a smaller camcorder.

The DCRHC38 employs a host of convenient features, including a 2.5" Touch-Screen LCD for easy navigation of settings, a massive 40x Optical Zoom, as well as an additional start/stop record and zoom button on the LCD frame to catch all those low-angle and self-recording shots.

Enjoy spectacular battery life with the new Sony Actiforce H series Battery System. The supplied NPFH30 gives you 110 minutes of continuous recording time, while using the optional battery NPFH100 boosts this to over 14 hours! Charging time is also cut by 25% when using the optional Super Quick Charger. (ACVQH10)

As part of the Sony Handycam range, the DCRHC38 also includes a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens that captures true-to-life images in high resolution and contrast, with outstanding colour reproduction. 

Key features
  • 40x Optical 80x / 2000x Digital
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 1/6" (3mm) CCD with Advanced HAD Technology
  • 2.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
  • Actiforce InfoLITHIUM Battery System
  • AccuPower Meter System
  • Battery Info Display
  • Tele Macro Function
  • Display Guide
  • Easy Handycam Button
  • Start/Stop/Zoom Button on LCD Frame
  • Spot Focus and Spot Metering
  • Super NightShot Plus Infrared System
  • Super SteadyShot Stabilization System
  • i.LINK DV Interface

Imaging Sensor
  • Sensor Type: 1/6" (3.0mm) 960H CCD Sensor
  • No. of Pixels (Gross): Approx. 800K pixels
  • No. of Pixels "MOVIE" Rec (Effective): Approx. 200K pixels
  • No. of Pixels "STILL" Rec (Effective): -
  • Carl Zeiss Lens: Vario Tessar
  • Zoom: 40x Optical 80x / 2000x Digital
  • F: 1.8-4.1
  • f (Focal Distance): 1.9 - 76mm
  • f (35mm Conversion) in "MOVIE" Rec position: 36 - 1440mm (4:3)
  • f (35mm Conversion) in "STILL" Rec position: -
  • Filter Diameter: 30mm
  • Viewfinder: Colour
  • Size/Dots: 0.75cm / 123,200 dots
  • Size: 2.5" (4:3)
  • No. of Pixels: 123,200 dots ( 560 x 220 )
  • Hybrid LCD Monitor: -
  • Touch Screen Panel: Yes
  • Focus System: Full range auto / Manual
  • Spot Focus: Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Minimum Illumination: 5lux (1/50 Shutter Speed)
  • White Balance: Auto / outdoor / indoor / Onepush (Touch Panel)
  • One-push Auto: Yes (Touch Panel)
  • White Balance Shift: -
  • Shutter Speed: 1/50 - 1/3500
  • NightShot: -
  • Colour Slow Shutter: -
  • Program AE modes: Auto, Twilight, Sunrise & sunset, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sports lesson, Beach, Snow
  • 14-Bit DXP: -
  • AE Shift: -
  • Exposure Controls: Yes (Touch Panel) (24 steps)
  • Spot Meter: Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Smooth Interval Recording: -
  • Iris Control/Gain Control: Auto only / Auto only
  • Zebra Pattern: -
  • Guide Frame: -
  • Histogram: -
  • Fader Functions: Black / White / Mosaic / Monotone
  • Picture Effects: Mosaic, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, Neg. Art, Pastel
  • Digital Picture Effects: -
  • 16:9 Wide: -
  • Steady Shot: Super SteadyShot
  • Easy Handycam Function: Yes
  • Tele Macro: -
  • Recording: PCM Digital Stereo Recording (DV 1 2/16bit)
  • Playback: PCM Digital Stereo Playback (DV 1 2/16bit, 32k, 44k, 48k)
Camera (still image)
  • Still Image Memory Stick REC in "MOVIE" Rec: -
Memory (still image)
  • Recording Media: -
  • Image Size: -
  • Compression: -
  • PictBridge: -
  • Interval REC: -
  • Copy between TAPE/DVD/HDD to Memory Stick: -
  • Playback Zoom: -
  • Slide Show: -
  • Built-in Flash: -
Memory (MPEG)
  • Format: -
  • Remote Control: -
  • USB Streaming: Yes
  • Direct Access to "Click to DVD": -
  • Direct Access to Video CD Burn: -
  • Start/Stop on LCD Frame: Yes
  • Zoom Button on LCD Frame: Yes
  • Weight: 390g (w/o tape or battery)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 63x85x114mm
  • Accessory Shoe: -
  • Additional Features: -
  • Format: DV
  • Signal Convert Function: -
  • Playback Zoom: -
  • Video (via Multi AV): Video Out / S Video Out / Audio Out
  • HDMI: -
  • External Microphone Input: -
  • Interface Connector (for Handycam Station): -
  • i.LINK: Yes
  • Lanc: -
  • USB Terminal: Yes (mini-B USB 1.0)
  • DC In: Yes
Approx. continuous recording time (LCD off)
  • NPFH30 (Actiforce): 110min
  • NPFH40 (Actiforce): -
  • NPFH50 (Actiforce): 180min
  • NPFH60 (Actiforce): -
  • NPFH70 (Actiforce): 395min
  • NPFH100 (Actiforce): 890min
  • NPFP30: -
  • NPFP50: -
  • NPFP70: -
  • NPFP90: -

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