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Sony Handycam DCR DVD850

Sony Handycam DCR DVD850
alaScore 82

56 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD850. 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. People really like the memory and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, image quality, price, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR DVD850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the memory and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 DVD Hybrid Camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 DVD Hybrid Camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)

Oct, 2016

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Sony DCR-DVD850


Overall, the Sony DCR-DVD850 camcorder is worth the purchase if you are a home consumer looking for a high-quality video recorder without the compression or expense of an HD model. This camcorder certainly makes sharing memories with your friends and...

Versatile- 16GB internal memory, plus room for moreHybrid- new technology allows DVD recording as wellValuable- great consumer camcorder for the priceQuality- captures great video and Dolby Digital audio

Limited- fewer features than similar camcorders

If you are looking for more than just an average handycam, then consider...

Jun, 2010


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Sony DCR-DVD850


It seems like most DVD camcorders are give and take when it comes to features but this one pushes both to the edge. Some features are better than any other camcorder and other features are worse than any other. If the pros of the Sony DCR-DVD850 are...

Has a powerful zoom built-in, great battery life and nice variety of potential shots to go with it for the creative artist

This camcorder isn't very good for still images or low light situations

Great for the video artist that isn't into low light shooting.

Consumer review by: AMR Technologies (

Dollar 4 Dollar - Can't be beat !!


The included software is nice..but somewhat difficult for the novice user, there is VERY little documentation on the software usage, but clear install instructions.

3 SELECTABLE Sources of storage - Internal 16G, Mini DVD (1.7G), and Memory Stick DUO (up to 16G). Will dump from one to the other effortlessly. Sound on this little thing is incredible! Still Picture quality and zoom is phenomenal ; Easy to use, touch...

Movie quality is what it is...not the worst in it's class...but not the best either, somewhere in the middle. Clarity is there..but the colors seem a "touch" off for some reason....It is possible it is a setting somewhere I'm missing

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH30


Minimum illumination:6


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black, Silver


Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:0.41 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:0.68 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.68

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):39 - 2340
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 108
Optical Zoom:60


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F6.0
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):39-2340 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):1.8-108 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:60 x
Shutter speeds:1/4-1/4000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)


Dimensions (HxWxD):89x55x130 mm
Weight:390 grams
Weight (lb):0.85 lb

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 6
Audio output:1
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 5.1
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack4 (SP4) Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3)(32bit) \nWindows Vista Service Pack1 (SP1)(32bit/64bit).
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:DVD-R/-RW/+RW, +R DL
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.1
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PMB Ver.4.2.00 9

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable


Sensor Size:1/8 inch
Sensor Type:CCD


Exposure Control:Touch Panel


Camera shutter speed:1/4 - 1/4000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
Disc types supported:DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
External Memory Type:Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Flash memory:16
Max Supported Memory Size:16 MB


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HDV Recording: No
Maximum Video Resolution:720 x 480
Recordable File/Disc Formats:DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, MPEG-2
Recording Format:DVD / Internal flash / Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video formats supported:MPEG2
Video Resolution:720x480



Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:123000 pixels

Weight & Dimensions

Height :13