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Sony Handycam DCR DVD408

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD408. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR DVD408 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam DCR DVD408


alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD408 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD408 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD408 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam camcorder


Easy to operate, Sony's DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam produces great-looking movies in widescreen (16:9) format. The Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam's DVD media lets you record video and then play it back on most DVD players, without any need for a computer or...

Its limitations notwithstanding, the Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam deserves a place on anyone's short list of camcorder contenders - but be prepared to purchase a good video-editing package that can handle DVD files to go with it.

May, 2007

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam


Easy to operate, Sony's DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam ($630 as of April 24, 2007) produces great-looking movies in wide-screen (16:9) format. Its DVD media lets you record video and then play it back on most DVD players, without any need for a computer or...

Top-notch video quality ; Touch screen eases menu navigation

Can't record stills to DVD

May, 2007

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Super Camcorder! ”


We've had this camcorder for a couple of years, and have taken it to the beach, Yellowstone, camping trips, and is it inside on a weekly basis to record and document our children. It performs well under all these conditions, and is very user friendly....

Mar, 2011

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awesome camera, sony handycam ”


we got our handycam a year ago. now i have a digital camera that just sits in a drawer because this camera does it all. awesome HD videa quality. the still pictures are great too. I am kinda new to all this new technology, so i was very nervous...

Mar, 2011

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Great camcorder ”


So I was looking for a camcorder that I could buy before I went for a trip with the family. Let me tell you there are way too many choices in the market right now and I had to come back and do my research before I could pick one up that would make me...

Feb, 2011

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SOny is number 1. ”


Sony is always considered number in cameras and lenses and I can never agree less. I have their digital camera and their video camera. Its so easy to use, easy to handle with excellent results. The quality of videos is really high and resolution is...

Jan, 2011

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everything I was hoping for ”


I have a sony-handycam 408 camcorder. and it is a great camcorder. the sony-handycam 408 camcorder is an hand held camcorder that can create dvd's. It is easy to use. get it out of the package, charge the batteries and off you go. The batteries last a...

Jan, 2011

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Pretty good camcorder ”


The Sony DCR-DVD408 Handycam Camcorder is a pretty good basic camcorder. It's easy to pick up and use for people who aren't very familiar with a camcorder. The the camera has an LCD viewing window that's also a touchscreen. The response time for the...

Jan, 2011

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This handycam is easy to use ”


This is an easy to use camera, it even comes with an easy button for anyone who is confused!  It is small and compact, lightweight, and very easy to tote around with you as you record memories.  The camera we have uses DVC cassettes which can be...

Dec, 2010

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Works well! ”


We got the Sony Handycam Camcorder as a gift from my inlaws when our first son was born 2 years ago.  We told them we wanted a light weight camera and this one is perfect as far as that is concerned.  We haven't used it a whole lot because I forget but...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium


Minimum illumination:1.5


Colour of product:Silver




Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:80
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):50.5 - 594
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional.
Fader:Black & White
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Manual Focus: Yes
Pastel: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power requirements:7.2V battery/8.4V AC Adaptor
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser 2.0.
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/500


Viewfinder resolution:123000

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.7

White balance

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