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Sony DCR-DVD 203

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203. 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. Reviewers really like the price and size. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price

battery, viewfinder

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 by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk 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]

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but there are some negative comments about the design.

usability, portability, image quality, size, zoom

design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

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 (camcorderinfo.com)

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 (newbie.org)

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 by: vudhi (pricegrabber.com)

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 by: mannytommy (pricegrabber.com)

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

Consumer review by: jomike (epinions.com)

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 by: dking108 (epinions.com)

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 by: simpilot2000 (pricegrabber.com)

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 by: ganiferoze (pricegrabber.com)

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

Consumer review by: bluster125 (pricegrabber.com)

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
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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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.2in
Height:3.4in
Weight:0.9lbs/1.1lbs
Width:2.2in

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:DVD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD203
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
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)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic