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Sony DCR-DVD 403

alaTest has collected and analyzed 429 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the resolution and battery. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, battery, resolution

value for money, viewfinder, memory, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 403 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403


The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403 leaves its underachieving predecessors in the dust, offering superior video quality, improved performance, above-average photos, and a no-compromise feature set. With its 1/3-inch 3-megapixel CCD (2 megapixels used for...

Very good video quality; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; responsive; convenient storage media; decent stills.

Slightly soft video; DVD format isn't as well supported as MiniDV for editing; no video light; won't work with the Macintosh; can't autodetect aspect ratio during playback.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403 is the first DVD camcorder we've seen that doesn't force you to compromise on features or quality--much.

Editor's Choice!

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Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder


CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: DVD-R

Good video quality and ease of use. Above-average sound quality.

A bit pricey. Still-shooting performance could be better. Limited importing options.

The DCR-DVD403 delivers very good DVD-quality video and adequate digital stills.

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The last time we looked at camcorders, we found that the DVD models we tested recorded video that didn't match the quality of video from the ...


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Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam


Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Sony DCR-DVD403 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders


Sony's DCR-DVD403 is this year's top of the line, king of the heap, DVD camcorder from Sony anyway, and it's pretty cool. It's definitely the most advanced DVD camcorder we've seen thus far in the DVD camcorder race (which is a relatively young one)....

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Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD


Go ahead and put a bag of popcorn in the microwave. No really, do it. We just finished our review and we have the DVD to prove it

Ready for your DVD player ; 5.1 Surround Sound ; Widescreen LCD

Slightly visible compression ; Short media capacity ; No S-Video connector

Sony has made many improvements in the performance of DVD camcorders and the DCR-DVD403 is no exception. This camcorder is simple and fun to use. Point and shoot users will appreciate the ability to playback their footage almost immediately on their...

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Sony DCR DVD403


Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

Sony DCR DVD 403 Analog digital signal conversion lets you convert or record any analog NTSC video source (e.g. VHS) to digital via the analog inputs. Analog NTSC video can also be passed through the digital camcorder directly into a PC via the i.Link...

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"i don't like this camcorder"


nothing good about this

very bad product

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i don't like this camcorder


nothing good about this

very bad product

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Would be a 10 if not for needing repairs twice


When I first bought this camcorder I was extremely pleased with it in all areas. Absolutely beautiful video quality on highest quality. Great stillshots. Easy to use. The convenience of playing the disks in a commercial DVD player without having to use...

great video quality, still shots convenient, play finalized disks in any DVD player

20 minutes on highest quality

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD403 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD403 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with an 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. Equipped with an optional surround sound microphone, you can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include built-in flash and Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 2.7" wide SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel capabilities. Bets of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP70

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:120
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