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Sony DCM M 1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Sony DCM M 1. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size. The design is also appreciated, whereas the portability and usability get negative comments.

image quality, design, size

price, usability, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCM M 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCM M 1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and image quality, whereas some have doubts about the usability and price.

image quality, design

price, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCMM1 Digital Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still ModeSony DCMM1 Digital Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode

Jul, 2018

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Sony DCM-M1 Discam


With the huge volume of digital video cameras out there today is is hard to choose one perfect for yourself. The Sony DCM-M1 Discam takes a slightly different approach by saving all information to MD Data2 discs.

Still frame capture from any video! Up to 4500 stills and 260 minutes of audio

Video and stills are restricted to a 640X480 resolution

Mar, 2002

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Sony DCM-M1


- I bought this item new from EBAY for $499, which I felt was a very good price. I love the size, functionality and ability to edit the pictures and movies. Lots of people complain about the 20 Minute limitation of movies stored to disks but I found...

It looks cool. 4500 still photos per disk is very sweet

Movies on computer do not include any sound

Mar, 2002

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My experience with this camera comes from my job working for an electronics retailer. When this camera came out, we all went "Wow how cool." but after a few months and the new line of cameras came out, this one lost its appeal. There are some...

Size, touch screen

PRICE, hard to find discs

Jan, 2001

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Sony DCM-M1 Price Drop!!! (A "Nasdaq-like fall")


Conventional theory is that if you wait long enough you can

Direct Video Access, Discounted Price

Not tape Compatible

Sep, 2000

Product Specifications

This is the cutting edge of video recording technology. Meet the world's first MiniDisc camcorder! Record up to 4, 500 still images on a single disc. Or in motion video mode, record 20 minutes of digital quality video on a single MiniDisc. Direct disk access eliminates fast forward and rewind. For those needing the highest available digital imaging technology, the Sony's DCMM1 in untouchable. The DCM-M1 records digital video with MPEG2 (real time) encoding like DVD, and ATRAC audio together! Combined as the Video MD format. 1/2" Multilaminate Dome Tweeter plays louder and cleaner, due to increased efficiency and lower distortion. Up to 20 minutes of digital recording in the Video MD format provide digital video quality, 3x color band width (vs. VHS) and significantly higher S/N ratio, for stunning video performance. The DCM-M1 stores up to 4500 still images record up to 4500 still images on a removable MD Data Disc 2. This storage far exceeds any other digital camera. Images transferred to the PC end up as 640 x 480 VGA JPEGs. This unit includes a cable to connect the camera to your VCR or camcorder. Simply plug the camera into your VCR (or camcorder), then using the built-in transfer utility, transfer images from the digital camera into your VCR for easy manipulation. You can store up to 260 minutes of digital audio on one MD View disc with ATRAC encoding. Think of it! No fast forward. No rewind. Go to the exact segment of video that you want instantly. Macro Focus allows sharp, close up photography of images or small objects from as close as 4 inches. Personal Java 2.0 powered graphical user interface (GUI) is an "On Screen" touch panel system that allows you to easily navigate through the camera's menu system. Using the supplied "stylus", you can free hand draw on top of your still images or video for a personal touch or special look. Ethernet connectivity provides quick and easy way to transfer the still/moving images from the camera to your computer via the Ethernet port using your web browser as the interface. 10X Optical/40X Precision Digital Zoom helps bring the action close up from far away. Digital Zoom improved interpolation technology means that extreme digital zooming is cleaner and clearer than ever before, with less blocking and distortion than most other types of digital zoom. 3.5" Precision SwivelScreen LCD Display (184k Pixels) provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 184, 000 Pixel LCD display makes images sharp and detailed during playback or monitoring recording. Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery means no memory effect like other battery types can experience. Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter continuously displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in the viewfinder or LCD screen. Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization eliminates high frequency shake and vibration without compromising picture quality. Accessory Shoe allows for easy attachment of a variety of external accessories including lights and microphones. Advanced Color Viewfinder (113k Pixels) provides a full, clear view of video subjects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:7 settings


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony DCM

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:360Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Dissolve / Mosaic fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:40
Media Type:MD Data 2 (MD View Disc)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Sepia / Slow Shutter
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD