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Sony DCR-DVD305

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD305. 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. Reviews about the battery and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the zoom, and some have doubts about the reliability and memory.

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durability, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD305 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD305 from 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 People are impressed by the price and battery. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the reliability and portability.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD305 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD305 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 review: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305


There seems to be an abrupt disconnect in the middle of Sony's DVD Handycam line. On one side of the divide is the DCR-DVD305 and its lower-end siblings, with their puny 1-megapixel or lower-res sensors and inferior, plain-old Zeiss lenses. On the...

Generally fast autofocus and autoexposure; can finalize discs while on battery power.

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

There are better choices than the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305, a so-so DVD camcorder.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (

Sony DCR-DVD305 Camcorder Review


They say the apple never drops far from the tree - and in the case of the Sony DCR-DVD305, the saying is particularly apt. This camcorder shares a body design with its step-down cousin, the DCR-DVD205, and its specs are virtually identical. In fact,...

The DCR-DVD305 ($700 MSRP) is the middle of the line DVD camcorder from Sony. That position might suffice in MiniDV camcorders, but DVD camcorders produce (for the time being) a lower image quality than MiniDV. Whereas a mid-line Sony or Canon MiniDV...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: David Kender (

Sony DCR-DVD305


The Sony DCR-DVD305 comes a'calling with a 1/5.5" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD, with 1.3 gross MP (690K effective pixels). This is the same size chip as the DCR-DVD205, the next model down, but that camcorder does not have the HAD...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: chrissi24 (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 DVD Camcorder


Ease of use. Compact. Clarity

None so far!

Jun, 2006

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 DVD Camcorder


Consumer review by: Matt from Bangor, ME (



Definatly worth the money. Best price on the internet.

Touchscreen GUI, Dolby 5.1, camera dimensions and weight

Doesn't ship with and media

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: csatya (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 DVD Digital Camcorder


1. The zoom on the camera could have been better. 2. Probably a Hard disk would have helped than a DVD. 3. The installation of the device drivers for USB is painful. The drivers could have been WHQL certified for easy installation. 4. The PC tools...

Small and efficient camera

Lack of a user friendly interface in camera screen and lack of a good zoom. The PC support tools provided are terrible

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: ldusold (

A+ for SONY - They've Done it Again!!!


small - compact - lightweight - easy to use

No light for poor lighting

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: ldusold (

A+ for SONY - They've Done it Again!!!


With the ever changing world of electronics, it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology. I have never been one who gets the newest item on the market, but there comes a time when you have to take a step up. That's just what I did this ...

small - compact - lightweight - easy to use

No light for poor lighting

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: edasmono (

DCR-DVD 305 Great Camera - Bad for Mac


I use this camera for filming college football games.

Excellent video reproduction in wide screen. Clarity is very definite. Very easy to point and shoot. I added a telephoto and a wide angle lens and the videos are even better.

No DV output, only USB. The video files it creates are .ts files and can't be read by Macs. The Picture Package software for PC is very weak.

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: USB 2.0 Terminal; 1.07 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD; True 16:9 widescreen recording mode; 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD screen with touch panel for an easy access to playback and features.

Audio Input

Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

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

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
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)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
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:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic