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Sony DCR-DVD 203

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the price and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 203 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and design. The image quality and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, image quality, design, portability

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the design.

usability, portability, image quality, size, zoom

design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-DVD203 is this year's mid-level DVD camcorder offering from Sony. While we loved almost everything about its more advanced sibling, the DCR-DVD403, the wunderkind genes were not passed down the line. With disappointing video performance in...

LCD, -Ease of Use, -Automatic Control, -Zoom Toggle

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Manual Control

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Nick Hyacinthe (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders

 

Sony has introduced the DCR-DVD203 to the world, at CES this year. The camcorder is outfitted with a Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom and a 1.07 mega pixel still capability, both advancements from last year's model, the DCR-DVD201. For this model, Sony has...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Newbie (newbie.org)

Expert Review

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD203 DVD Camcorder features a built-in 4-channel microphone / 12x Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens / 480x Digital Zoom / Full Range Auto/Manual Focus System / Auto Manual Exposure and more. The 2.7 LCD screen swivels and adjusts to optimize...

Good build quality, picture and night vision

Software problems

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: Andrew (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203E

 

A light and easy to use camcorder. Taking stills is great. Overall the product delivers in terms of video recording.

The editing software is not as easy as it looks. Subsequently I use my Mac for editing but sony is not compatible with Mac. The only way around this is to use Prism Convertor on a PC, copy to disc and re import into Mac to get video files for editing....

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203E

 

Reviewer left no comment

Software support is very limited, and not easy to configure. I have great difficulty in getting my .mpg files recognised and edited into a final-cut movie

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Audrey (pricerunner.co.uk)

good auto controls

 

The very nature of the DVD camcorder supposes a need for convenience and sacrifices overt control to achieve it, and Sony has accepted this in this sense and is offering little to no manual control on this model. Sony DVD camcorders have the added...

It features a widescreen LCD screen and DVD+RW compatibility. excellent automatic controls are still available. Underneath the sensor are a built-in stereo mic and a hard-plastic covered A/V / S-Video composite port. the camcorder features an Easy...

The battery juts out obtrusively from the rear, and this is a flaw that could have easily been corrected.One minor inconvenience with the DCR-DVD203's integration of this feature is that the user must pull out the viewfinder in order to insert an...

The very nature of the DVD camcorder supposes a need for convenience and sacrifices overt control to achieve it, and Sony has accepted this in this sense and is offering little to no manual control on this model. Sony DVD camcorders have the added...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Ethan (pricerunner.co.uk)

Nice!!

 

It is an easy to use cam. It works extremely well. It is compact and easy to carry around. It delivers a good image quality. The still photos are ok. And thanks to the Sony Software Suite Program, transfering movie clips onto the computer is really...

This cam has a good audio and video quality. It has a nicw wide screen LCD display. It is also pretty compact - thus making it easy to carry it around. Another great thing about this cam is that with the Sony Software Suite Program, its really easy to...

Its low light video performance isnt good. Still photos dont turn out too well.

It is an easy to use cam. It works extremely well. It is compact and easy to carry around. It delivers a good image quality. The still photos are ok. And thanks to the Sony Software Suite Program, transfering movie clips onto the computer is really...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Elaine (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203E

 

Small,compact, easy to use, with clear instructions

none to mind as yet

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: Richard (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203E

 

Ease of use. Excellent picture straight on to DVD.

Battery given with product has very short life between charges so had to purchase longer life one. Disc can only take 30 mins per side.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: Shelley (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD203E

 

Lightweight, easy to use, looks amazing

Cant put the disk directly into the dvd player which I thought you could do

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

Watch your home movies come to life like never before with the DCR-DVD203 DVD Handycam camcorder from Sony. Enjoy the extra large 2.7" wide LCD screen, which swivels and adjusts to optimize the viewing angle for easy recording. Not only can you record digital video, but you can also capture quality digital still images at up to 1 Megapixel. It is even capable of recording surround sound audio (an optional surround sound microphone is required), so you can capture big sound to match its big picture. Fully equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you can capture professional quality digital video and images with enhanced color and clarity. The 12X optical zoom brings the action close with minimized distortion. The Super NightShot Plus infrared system lets you record in low light conditions. As with all of Sony's DVD Handycam camcorders, you can conveniently record directly to DVD.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FP50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.1cm
Height:8.7cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:5.7cm

Display

Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD203/DVD203E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:480
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 36
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Fader:Black, White, Overlap, Wipe
Focus:Auto/Manual
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, S-Video In/Out, Video In/Out, USB
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:480
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.1
Height :8.7
Weight:440
Width:5.7