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alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD7E. 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 really like the zoom and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the color and viewfinder.

usability, portability, size, image quality, zoom

battery, viewfinder, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD7E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD7E from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the usability.


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

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Oct, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD7E from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the price and reliability. The image quality and battery are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the color.

portability, battery, image quality, reliability, price


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

Sony DCR-DVD7E Handycam camcorder


Sony's latest camcorder allows you to record your footage, take out the miniature DVD and then play it using a standard DVD player with out the need for a computer. shouts “Lights, camera, action!” and finds out whether it's as easy...

Small and compact, plays straight out of the box

Discs have to be finalised before playing them

As an entry level camcorder the DCR-DVD7E is very consumer friendly and perfect for the non-techie types out there. The lack of buttons makes this an easy to use machine and the cameras ability to play its recording results via a standard DVD player...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Denis Gallagher (



With the DCRDVD7E, Sony has approached DVD camcorder design from a completely new angle, taking an inspiration cue from digital still cameras, rather ...

Stylish design, LCD screen viewable even in bright sunlight, excellent lens cap protection

Poor low-light performance, disc open switch too close to record switch, black casing easily scratched, disappointing still quality

The Sony DVD7E would appeal to anyone wanting quick and easy video for fun or family entertaining.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR review


The Handycam DCR-SX series is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition ultracompact camcorder. It's made up of three models that differ only by storage amounts: the SX45 has no internal memory; the SX65 has 4GB built in; and the SX85 has 16GB of...

The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 are easy-to-use ultracompact camcorders with good active electronic image stabilization and a built-in USB cable for quick uploads.

The DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 produce very soft and noisy video with noticeable fringing on subjects even at small sizes. There are no mic or headphone jacks, and the electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.

Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review


The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (

Sony DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam Camcorder


It's cool and hip, but the DCR-DVD7 Handycam Camcorder's great-looking design isn't so practical for actual use.

Cool design. Good menu structure.

Somewhat difficult to hold. Poor quality in low light.

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Jun, 2005

Consumer review by: HUGH (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR58E



Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: chris (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E


Quality of picture, ease of use, size and weight.

After using the DCR-SX21E for approx 2 months, the camcorder was put away. When I wanted to use it again approx 12 months later, it would not work. I contacted SONY via the Internet and was told that the cost of repair would be a standard £180.00. It...

May, 2013

Consumer review by: dipa (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E


Nice and small Really easy to use Great value for novice users

When you start and stop recording and then go to record it, it's a bit clunky and not so smooth.

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: margaret (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E


light and easy to use


Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: jaison (

Sony Handycam DCR-SX21E


good quality for video

battery backup is short

Feb, 2013

Product Specifications

The uniquely designed DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam Camcorder lets you record movies in style. Circular and compact, you can take the DCR-DVD7 anywhere you go to capture digital video onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW discs. Not only can you create your own movies, but as an added feature you can also take digital still pictures. Despite its compact design, the DCR-DVD7 comes equipped with a full 2.5" hybrid touch panel LCD screen and a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens for capturing vivid, sharp images. Connect quickly and easily with USB 2.0 to a compatible TV or PC for easy viewing and editing or your videos and digital still images.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FA50 / NP-FV30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FA50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y
Supported aspect ratios:16:9

Camera Flash

Type: None

Carrying Case

Carrying Strap:Belt loop / Shoulder carrying strap
Recommended Use:Camcorder


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.35 / 6.86
Display Resolution:123200 / 640 x 360
Display resolution (numeric):230000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR/Sony LCS

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120 / 70
Focal length range (f-f):2.3 - 23
Image stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:23mm
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):10.8
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.8
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 60
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB Terminal, Video In/Out
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Power requirements:AC-A200

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Picture Package
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Built-in projector: Yes
Minimum Projection Distance:0.3


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC

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


Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.4 / 4.9
Height :10.1 / 5.55
Weight:230 / 360
Width:12.7 / 5.85