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Sony DCR-DVD 403

alaTest has collected and analyzed 496 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 403. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and battery. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the price. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, battery, size

reliability, durability, zoom, memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 403 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 403

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 403 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The zoom and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the durability. Opinions are divided on the price.

usability, portability, zoom, image quality, battery

durability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD403E Handycam DVD Camcorder [3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Hybrid LCD]Sony DCR-DVD403E Handycam DVD Camcorder [3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen Hybrid LCD]

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 403

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 403 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good opinions, but the size and reliability get less positive opinions.

usability, image quality, price, portability, design

reliability, size

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD403 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD403 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD review:

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403 leaves its underachieving predecessors in the dust, offering superior video quality, improved performance, above-average photos, and a no-compromise feature set. With its 1/3-inch 3-megapixel CCD (2 megapixels used for...

Very good video quality; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; responsive; convenient storage media; decent stills.

Slightly soft video; DVD format isn't as well supported as MiniDV for editing; no video light; won't work with the Macintosh; can't autodetect aspect ratio during playback.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403 is the first DVD camcorder we've seen that doesn't force you to compromise on features or quality--much.

Jul, 2005

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DVD-R

Good video quality and ease of use. Above-average sound quality.

A bit pricey. Still-shooting performance could be better. Limited importing options.

The DCR-DVD403 delivers very good DVD-quality video and adequate digital stills.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

PCWorld.com - Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam

 

The last time we looked at camcorders, we found that the DVD models we tested recorded video that didn't match the quality of video from the ...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-DVD403 represents the absolute best of this year's DVD camcorders. We couldn't believe that a picture this sharp and vivid could actually come from a DVD cam, but it appears that their time may have finally come. Unfortunately, no other...

Manual Control, -Editing options, -Audio

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Matt Culler (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD403 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders

 

Sony's DCR-DVD403 is this year's top of the line, king of the heap, DVD camcorder from Sony anyway, and it's pretty cool. It's definitely the most advanced DVD camcorder we've seen thus far in the DVD camcorder race (which is a relatively young one)....

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Mark Montgomery (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD

 

Go ahead and put a bag of popcorn in the microwave. No really, do it. We just finished our review and we have the DVD to prove it

Ready for your DVD player ; 5.1 Surround Sound ; Widescreen LCD

Slightly visible compression ; Short media capacity ; No S-Video connector

Sony has made many improvements in the performance of DVD camcorders and the DCR-DVD403 is no exception. This camcorder is simple and fun to use. Point and shoot users will appreciate the ability to playback their footage almost immediately on their...

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR DVD403

 

Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

Sony DCR DVD 403 Analog digital signal conversion lets you convert or record any analog NTSC video source (e.g. VHS) to digital via the analog inputs. Analog NTSC video can also be passed through the digital camcorder directly into a PC via the i.Link...

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

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403: Daddy's got a new toy for Christmas

 

Daddy's got a new toy for christmas. ~Introduction~ When my step-dad opened his Christmas presents last year, he was very surprised when he un-wrapped a Sony handycam. He has a very loving and generous wife, namely my mother. He previously had this...

Amazing surround sound and widescreen experience

Mini disc only has 30 mins recording time

Mar, 2009

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

Sony handycam DCR DVD 403

 

A little steep on the price, but very easy tio use an dall th functions and features one can want in a camcorder

No compromises, only the best features, good video qulaity, dolby digital sound, fast, responsive and convenient stoarge media.

little pricey

A little steep on the price, but very easy tio use an dall th functions and features one can want in a camcorder

May, 2006

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD403 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD403 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with an 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. Equipped with an optional surround sound microphone, you can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include built-in flash and Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 2.7" wide SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel capabilities. Bets of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP70

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Smartphone Remote Control: No

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.3cm
Height:9.3cm
Weight:0.5kg/0.62kg
Width:6.2cm

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:DVD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD403/DVD403E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5/F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:36mm/51mm
Min Focal Length:3mm/5mm
Optical Zoom:10/12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:120
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