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Sony DCR-DVD405

Sony DCR-DVD405
alaScore 80

265 reviews

Sep, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 265 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD405 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD405

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the battery and price are generally positive. The size and image quality also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the portability.

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portability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD405E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen, USB 2.0)Sony DCR-DVD405E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen, USB 2.0)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD405

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 197 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The price and image quality also get good comments. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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reliability

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD405 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD405 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 review:

 

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405

Better-than-average video quality; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; decent still photos.

No video light; occasional compression artifacts still noticeable; slightly grainy low-light video; LCD too small for touch-screen operation.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 is a solid DVD camcorder, as long as you don't mind fiddling with a touch-screen interface on a too-small display.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The DVD405 is Sony's direct follow-up to the popular DVD403. Sony did offer a new top model, the DVD505, this year, which uses a CMOS sensor. The DVD405 uses the same 1/3” CCD as last year, but the imaging system seems to have undergone some changes...

Well placed in-camcorder flash, -Easy mode, -Zoom toggle, -Thumbnail playback menu structure

High compression levels with DVD format, -Minimal manual control capabilities, -Mic input can only be engaged through the proprietary hot shoe and thus only with Sony brand products, -Poorly structured menus are controlled through touch screen...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD405 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-DVD405 is Sony's penultimate DVD camcorder this year, and the follow-up to the enormously popular DVD403. Very little has been added in the way of features since last year, but the price has dropped by a hundred bucks to $900 (MSRP). Sony does...

In the end, the Sony DCR-DVD405 and DVD505 may be more similar than Sony counted on. The $200 price gap suggests that the CMOS sensor would provide significantly better results. It's either that, or the 505's "Smooth Slow Record" feature is so...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-DVD405

 

The Sony DCR-DVD405 has a 1/3" CCD with 3.31 gross MP. This are the same specs of the imager found on last year's DVD403, the model which the DVD405 is replacing. This imager gives an effective pixel count of 2.05 MP in 4:3 aspect ratio and 2.06 MP in...

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: Tony (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD405E

 

This must be one of the best camcorders that Sony produced. I paid a lot of money for it in 2005, but it has rewarded me with some really great pictures and movies. Considering that the camera only does 3M pixels, its quality is very good. I cannot see...

Downsides are present, but small. Being disc based, it takes time to download the photo image after taking it, so time between shots is some 5 seconds or more. I'd love a memory stick attachment. However, being disc based means that I can keep a record...

Jun, 2010

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

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405E : for the one camera tourist, this is the one!

 

Its been completely reliable over three years. Colour and steady shot good good good. Many functions adjustable via touch screen ( which takes some getting used to). I like the two cm minimum focus distance, and have copied hundreds of transparencies....

Jul, 2007

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

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405E: for the one camera tourist, this is the one!

 

Its been completely reliable over three years. Colour and steady shot good good good. Many functions adjustable via touch screen ( which takes some getting used to). I like the two cm minimum focus distance, and have copied hundreds of transparencies....

comprehensive and reliable

slow(ish) to operate, limited record time (disc)

Jul, 2007

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

Sony does it again

 

This camcorder is worth carrying along everywhere. It gives great still pictures and has good video quality too. The sound recording is amazing. The LCD is slightly small but apart from that this is a good camcorder overall.

Great dolby surround sound recording, takes simply amazing still pictures and video quality is great too. LCD is 2. inches.

Low light pictues dont come very well, no video light and although the LCD has touch screen it is so small that operating it is very difficult because of the congestion of functions

This camcorder is worth carrying along everywhere. It gives great still pictures and has good video quality too. The sound recording is amazing. The LCD is slightly small but apart from that this is a good camcorder overall.

Jun, 2006

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

Sony is the way to go

 

It is not one of the most popular cams, but i liked it when i saw it. It isnt too heavy, so its easy to carry around. I am most appreciative of its video quality. I have even taken photos with this cam, and they have turned out quite good. I only wish...

It has a very good video quality. Even its still photos are good. It has a good voice recorder. It is pretty easy to handle. Its not too big and not too small either.

It doesnt have any video light.

It is not one of the most popular cams, but i liked it when i saw it. It isnt too heavy, so its easy to carry around. I am most appreciative of its video quality. I have even taken photos with this cam, and they have turned out quite good. I only wish...

Jun, 2006

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

good camcorder

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 is a solid DVD camcorder, as long as you don't mind fiddling with a touch-screen interface on a too-small display. i really like it and i take it with me whereever possible.

it has better-than-average video quality. along with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording. it takes decent still photos.

there is no video light. some occasional compression artifacts are still noticeable. there is slightly grainy low-light video. the LCD too small for touch-screen operation.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 is a solid DVD camcorder, as long as you don't mind fiddling with a touch-screen interface on a too-small display. i really like it and i take it with me whereever possible.

Jun, 2006

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD405 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD405 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with a 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with the built-in microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include 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. Best of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.3cm
Height:9cm
Weight:0.5kg/0.6kg
Width:6.6cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

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

Flash

Built-in Flash: No

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD405/DVD405E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix/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)

Other features

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Y
Interface:USB 2.0
Internal Memory:16384
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.2
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
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/Monotone / Mosaic / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13
Height :8.9
Weight:390
Width:5.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes