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Sony DCR-DVD 203

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the resolution and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the viewfinder. The features and battery get negative opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 203 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability and design. The image quality and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, image quality, design, portability

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and size. The image quality and portability also get good views, whereas there are some negative opinions about the design.

usability, portability, image quality, size, zoom


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Sony DCR-DVD203 is this year's mid-level DVD camcorder offering from Sony. While we loved almost everything about its more advanced sibling, the DCR-DVD403, the wunderkind genes were not passed down the line. With disappointing video performance in...

LCD, -Ease of Use, -Automatic Control, -Zoom Toggle

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Manual Control

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Nick Hyacinthe (

Sony DCR-DVD203 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders


Sony has introduced the DCR-DVD203 to the world, at CES this year. The camcorder is outfitted with a Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom and a 1.07 mega pixel still capability, both advancements from last year's model, the DCR-DVD201. For this model, Sony has...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD203 DVD Camcorder features a built-in 4-channel microphone / 12x Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens / 480x Digital Zoom / Full Range Auto/Manual Focus System / Auto Manual Exposure and more. The 2.7 LCD screen swivels and adjusts to optimize...

Good build quality, picture and night vision

Software problems

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD203


If you are looking a new camcorder, this is the camcorder that you have to look.

Big wide screen LCD, compact camcorder but it has more functions. Good shape, good style.

small battery life. still image just 1.3 megapixel.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony does it again!!!!


I would greatly recommend this product without a doubt to anyone.

good picture quality, even indoors with low light. LCD size is good size, You can connect to the computer and add music and special effects with the included software.

little too pricy

Jan, 2006

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Sony DCR-DVD203 Report


Good build quality. Picture quality good in good light. AV in/out useful

Included software is near useless. Low light gives grainy video.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Is really, really nice...except...


Easy to use, small, touch-screen, wide-screen

mpeg2 format not compatible with alot of software.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203


(Edited April 11th by simpilot2000) Overall pretty dis-satisfied with video and pictures.

Small size, touch screen display for menu. Audio/Video input and output, i.e., can dub my old VHS-C tapes. USB 2.0 connection. Integrated lens cover. With DVD-RW media can edit movies on the fly.

LCD must be open to access USB port. The auto exposure control is not very good. Also, AC-3 Dolby audio format for downloads videos.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (

Good Value for money, when you buy online


After 4 months into my life with DVD203, I am pretty happy about my decision.

Compact, looks nice, ease of use, DVD-RW format lets rewriting, can be played in regular DVD players.

If you have more clips (more than 99), it is hard to find a software that can transfer, convert, edit and create DVD

Sep, 2005

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD203


The ability to record directly on DVD is the major reason for my purchase this camcorder.

Compact size and weight, records directly to DVD disks, very user-friendly, crisp video and picture output.

Small size battery (lasts less than an hour) and DVD-R disk (non-reusable 30-sec disk)included, and DVD media can record up to one hour only.

Sep, 2005

Product Specifications

Watch your home movies come to life like never before with the DCR-DVD203 DVD Handycam camcorder from Sony. Enjoy the extra large 2.7" wide LCD screen, which swivels and adjusts to optimize the viewing angle for easy recording. Not only can you record digital video, but you can also capture quality digital still images at up to 1 Megapixel. It is even capable of recording surround sound audio (an optional surround sound microphone is required), so you can capture big sound to match its big picture. Fully equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you can capture professional quality digital video and images with enhanced color and clarity. The 12X optical zoom brings the action close with minimized distortion. The Super NightShot Plus infrared system lets you record in low light conditions. As with all of Sony's DVD Handycam camcorders, you can conveniently record directly to DVD.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FP50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display:Hybrid LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display Resolution:123200

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 mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:480
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.118 - 1.42
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Fader:Black, White, Overlap, Wipe
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, S-Video In/Out, Video In/Out, USB
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:480
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 Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions