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Sony DCR-DVD201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Many are critical about the connectivity and memory. Reviews are divided on the price.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

reliability, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD201

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, size, image quality, design

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder - USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 MegapixelSony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder - USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD201

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the color and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the price, while the memory and reliability get negative comments.

usability, image quality, portability, size, color

reliability, memory

47% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Robert Irvine (webuser.co.uk)

Sony DCR-DVD201E

 

Record widescreen home videos straight onto DVD with Sony's latest digital camcorder

A compact, lightweight digital camcorder, whose movies can be viewed on a variety of devices as soon as you've finished filming them - what more can you ask for? A lower price perhaps, and a longer battery life than two hours (with the supplied battery...

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joseph A. Guilbeau IV (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-DVD201

 

Refreshingly decent quality (for the DVD format). Easy to use. Hot shoe for additional intelligent flash. Captures stills at 1,152-by-864 resolution.

Mediocre performer in low light.

A good but pricey choice for any consumer looking for the simplicity of the DVD format, ease of use, and acceptable video quality all wrapped up in one sleek package.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-DVD201 is Sony's most advanced DVD camcorder this year, though that might not be saying much. The DCR-DVD201 is outfoxed in low light performance by all other DVD camcorders this year, except the DCR-DVD201, from which it offers some...

Hot accessory, - Convenience

Low light performance, - Lack of still media

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD201 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders

 

I looked at the DCR-DVD201 at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) annual convention in Las Vegas, where the camcorders were introduced. The DCR-DVD201, along with it's sister the DCR-DVD101 are Sony's second generation of DVD camcorders, replacing...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (videomaker.com)

Sony Video Camcorder Review: DCR-DVD201

 

One of Sony's primary aims in the design of the DCR-DVD201 is portability--more specifically, the ability to stuff the camera into a jacket pocket between shots. The designers have succeeded in this, yet some of the design features they've come up with...

In-camera editing ; Compact design ; DVD shareability

No headphone jack ; Weak computer editing

The DCR-DVD201 is a positive step forward in the evolution of DVD camcorders.

Aug, 2004

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

Sony DCR DVD201

 

Sony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR DVD201 utilizes a 1.0 Megapixel CCD imager, delivering exceptional video and still images that all of your family and friends will enjoy. The DVD recording format delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of MiniDV, but...

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

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD201: Sony DCR DVD201E Camcorder

 

I suspect people may be surpised that I haven't included one of the main USP's (Unique Selling Point) as an advantage. This camcorder writes to mini-dvd's (-R/-RW) but thats not necessarily an advantage. I'll come back to that in a minute. Lets go...

Widescreen mode

slow access to dvd, no separate memory card slot

Sep, 2005

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

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD201E: Sony DCR DVD201E Camcorder

 

I suspect people may be surpised that I haven't included one of the main USP's (Unique Selling Point) as an advantage. This camcorder writes to mini-dvd's (-R/-RW) but thats not necessarily an advantage. I'll come back to that in a minute. Lets go...

Widescreen mode

slow access to dvd, no separate memory card slot

Sep, 2005

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

Sony Handycam DCR DVD201 : Sony DCR DVD201E Camcorder

 

I suspect people may be surpised that I haven't included one of the main USP's (Unique Selling Point) as an advantage. This camcorder writes to mini-dvd's (-R/-RW) but thats not necessarily an advantage. I'll come back to that in a minute. Lets go...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Granny cant wait for our next DVD!

 
Aug, 2004

Product Specifications

Experience the ultimate in videotaping convenience with the DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder from Sony. Now you can record directly onto 3-inch DVD-R and DVD-RW at resolutions comparable to MiniDV. Best of all, the DVD media can easily be viewed on most current DVD players and PCs, making playback a snap. You can even capture still JPEG images up to a maximum resolution of 1152 x 864 thanks to its 1-megapixel CCD imager. It's like having both a camcorder and digital camera in one. The DCR-DVD201 also includes all of the options you'd want from a Sony camcorder, such as a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 10X optical zoom, Super NightShot Plus night recording system and Super SteadyShot picture stabilization. Best of all, everything comes in a package that is 29% smaller and 23% lighter than the DCR-DVD200, making it easy to carry wherever you go.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:M series InfoLITHIUM
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.6cm
Height:8.8cm
Weight:0.5kg
Width:5.1cm

Display

Display:Hybrid LCD / LCD
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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD201/DVD201E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120 / 210
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional
Focus:Full Range Auto/Manual (Multi-Selector)
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens
Light exposure control:Multi-Selector (24 Steps)

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/4–1/4000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.8
Height :13.6
Weight:500
Width:5.1