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Sony DCR DVD 200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews of Sony DCR DVD 200. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and connectivity. The zoom and portability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the size and memory, and comments are divided on the price.

usability, portability, zoom, connectivity, image quality

battery, durability, memory, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR DVD 200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sony DCR DVD 200 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the connectivity and zoom. The portability and price also get good feedback. The size and memory get less positive opinions.

usability, price, portability, zoom, connectivity

battery, durability, memory, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRDVD200 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Digital Still CapabilitySony DCRDVD200 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Digital Still Capability

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Mark Bassett (

Sony DCR-DVD200 Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders


The Sony DCR-DVD200 is a step sideways from the DCR-DVD100. The DVD-media-machine ups the still resolution quality, but negatively impacts the low-light and video quality by decreasing the effective size of the CCD from 1/4 inch on the DCR-DVD100 to...

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: kahsinaw (



Superb - Advantages: Light, User friendly, quick set up - Disadvantages: none, none, none

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: Jen (

Convenience over quality video


DVD convenience

Poor quality video and still images even in HQ mode

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: 580 (

"Sony's true Handycam"


Compact,DVD picture quality,loaded with effects,ease of use

Price and availability of re-writable discs

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: bill718 (

Bulky, heavy, poor still image, less than 30min record.....

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: mike (



DVD ready to view in DVD player, Extra Sharp Zoom

Cost of re-writable disks

Nov, 2003

Consumer review by: cubmomma (

Guess What I Got For Christmas??? Sony DCR-DVD200 Digital Handycam


Santa was very good to me, I asked for a new camcorder for Christmas, and I received the Sony DCR-DVD200 Digital Video Camera Recorder. I must have been very good. (For update on class action lawsuit, please scroll down to "update.") ...

Films directly onto DVD ; NightShot ; 180 degree color LCD ; playback with sound

Delay between stopping and restarting, software not Mac compatible

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: ironsave (

Nice Camcorder, Expensive, but SWEET!!!!!


I had all but decided on the DCRTRV33, but when I saw them both in person, I couldn't resist the DVD200. The drawback is 30 min. discs, but you can record 60 min. in standard mode, which still looks better than analog. (MiniDV's are good for 80 min.)...

Latest technology, many features,menus well thought out, relatively easy learning curve. HIGH QUALITY VIDEO

Supplied battery doesn't cut it, Software...(Must read the manual). 1.0 stillpics decent. Discs = expensive

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: yousafms (

Sony DCR-DVD200 - Worth Buying?


Being the owner/user of an analog camcorder for a number of years, I was very happy when Sony introduced the DCR-DVD200 digital camcorder. I've been using this digital camcorder for about a month now, and here's what I think ; The PRO's : What a ...

DVD Format Recording, Light-Weight, Easy To Use

Expensive & Hard To Find Media, Lack of Software Support

Dec, 2003

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-DVD200 DVD Handycam camcorder, records up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution MPEG2 video, and 1 megapixel resolution still images directly to a 8cm DVD-R/-RW disk. The tapeless DVD format enhances image quality and simplifies the editing process, and prevents recording over existing data by ensuring that only blank areas of the DVD disk are used. The DCRDVD200 is equipped with a USB 2.0/1.1 interface for direct recording and copying of material to a PC, a 2.5" hybrid LCD screen, InfoLITHIUM battery and a high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens 10x Optical/120x Digital zoom lens, with Super SteadyShot and Super NightShot for even total darkness.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Run Time (Up To):75min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):37 - 370
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Horizontal resolution:520
Manual Focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader/Black fader / Overlap fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia/Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :14.2