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Sony DCR-DVD 205 E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 205 E. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the portability and size are overall positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the battery and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 205 E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 205 E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 205 E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam DVD Camcorder (12x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen)Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam DVD Camcorder (12x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 205 E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 205 E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The size and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some critical opinions about the reliability and durability.

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85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD205 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD205 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205 review: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205

 

One step above Sony's bottom-of-the-line DVD105, the Handycam DCR-DVD205 is essentially the Handycam DCR-DVD305 without the impractical extras: standard stereo recording rather than Dolby 5.1, no media slot for still photos--they're saved to the DVD...

Generally fast autofocus and autoexposure.

Middling video quality; no windscreen filter for microphone; small LCD with impractical touch-screen-based menu system.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205 is as middling as its sibling, the DCR-DVD305; however, it eschews the impractical features of the DVD305 for a lower price tag, making it a better bargain.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD205 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony DCR-DVD205 ($600 MSRP) shares many similarities with last year's model, the DCR-DVD203, which we trounced in our review. But DVD camcorder technology is improving rapidly, especially in video quality. In an increasingly crowded middle and...

The DCR-DVD205 occupies a kind of middle ground in the lower-end Sony DVD lineup this year. It sits in between the DCR-DVD105, Sony's cheapest DVD model, and the DCR-DVD305, the model occupying the threshold between the higher level DVD camcorders and...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Matt Culler (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-DVD205

 

The DCR-DVD205 features a 1/5.5" CCD with 1.07 gross MP (in 4:3 video: 690K effective pixels; in 16:9 video: 670K effective pixels). At 3000 lux, the DVD205 produced a surprisingly decent picture, with a relatively sharp image, favorable color...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: danmclovin (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205: Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam DVD Camcorder

 

I bought this camera as I had read some pretty good reviews about it, and it came at a very reasonable price. The camera itself was a nice, compact camcorder, that fitted nicely in the palm of my hand. All the buttons on the camera were well laid out,...

Good value, good outdoor picture

DVD editing, grainy low light picture

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: Joe1976 (dooyoo.co.uk)

Look On The Sony Side Of Life

 

Sony Handycam DCR DVD 205<---- The series DVD 205E, is the video camera you will have undoubtedly seen in the palm of many tourists near those hotspots you go to on a Saturday to get away from the trouble and strife of everyday life. I have had...

Night Shot, 2 sets Rec Functions,Flip TFT/LCD Screen ,Touch Screen

Carry Bag is an Optional Extra/1 hr Total per Disc, Likes A Battery

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: Joshua (newegg.com)

Great Product

 

I wish I purchased a model that I could also put a memory stick in.

Operation is very simple. Pictures and Video look wonderful. No problems at all with my handycam

none

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: saharadesert20 (shopping.com)

this cameras a must have

 

for saving memories and special occassions, this camera is a must. it has all the cool features, special effects and programing needed for everyday and extraordinary events. the only con i found was that it doesnt have a memory card, so its much harder...

Lightweight, Easy to Use, Good Value

None submitted

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: caraculico (pricegrabber.com)

New camera

 

High performance and it always record with high quality.

Very light and small

none

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: susieq112 (epinions.com)

The Handycam DCR-DVD205 Great For The Unprofessional

 

Easy to Use, Good picture, Easy play back on DVD

Still Images does not have as many options, Discs can be expensive

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: susieq112 (shopping.com)

The Handycam DCR-DVD205 Great For The Unprofessional

 

Two months after the birth of my son, I only had photographs of him to remember him years down the road as a baby. Thinking that was not enough, I considered buying a camcorder. After countless hours on the internet, searching for a good deal and what...

Easy to Use, Good picture, Easy play back on DVD

Still Images does not have as many options, Discs can be expensive

Aug, 2006
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Product Specifications

Watch your home movies come to life like never before with the DCR-DVD205 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. 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

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom (max):Y

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.9cm
Height:8.8cm
Weight:0.5kg
Width:5.6cm

Display

Display: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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD205
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:800
Filter Size:2.5
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 Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
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

Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:Stereo AV
Fader:Black, White, Overlap, Wipe
I/O ports:Audio Out,\nS-Video Out,\nVideo Out.
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Media types supported:8 cm DVD-R/-RW/+RW

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Nero Express 6\n

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:800
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:Monotone / Mosaic / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.9
Height :8.8
Weight:380
Width:5.4