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Sony DCR-DVD201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The portability and image quality also get good comments. There are some mixed comments about the price, while many are critical about the connectivity and memory.

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reliability, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD201

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder - USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 MegapixelSony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder - USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD201

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD201 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the color and size are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews are divided on the price. There are some negative reviews about the memory and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, size, color

reliability, memory

47% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Joseph A. Guilbeau IV (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-DVD201

 

Refreshingly decent quality (for the DVD format). Easy to use. Hot shoe for additional intelligent flash. Captures stills at 1,152-by-864 resolution.

Mediocre performer in low light.

A good but pricey choice for any consumer looking for the simplicity of the DVD format, ease of use, and acceptable video quality all wrapped up in one sleek package.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-DVD201 is Sony's most advanced DVD camcorder this year, though that might not be saying much. The DCR-DVD201 is outfoxed in low light performance by all other DVD camcorders this year, except the DCR-DVD201, from which it offers some...

Hot accessory, - Convenience

Low light performance, - Lack of still media

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD201 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders

 

I looked at the DCR-DVD201 at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) annual convention in Las Vegas, where the camcorders were introduced. The DCR-DVD201, along with it's sister the DCR-DVD101 are Sony's second generation of DVD camcorders, replacing...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (videomaker.com)

Sony Video Camcorder Review: DCR-DVD201

 

One of Sony's primary aims in the design of the DCR-DVD201 is portability--more specifically, the ability to stuff the camera into a jacket pocket between shots. The designers have succeeded in this, yet some of the design features they've come up with...

In-camera editing ; Compact design ; DVD shareability

No headphone jack ; Weak computer editing

The DCR-DVD201 is a positive step forward in the evolution of DVD camcorders.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR DVD201

 

Sony DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR DVD201 utilizes a 1.0 Megapixel CCD imager, delivering exceptional video and still images that all of your family and friends will enjoy. The DVD recording format delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of MiniDV, but...

Expert review by: Robert Irvine (webuser.co.uk)

Sony DCR-DVD201E

 

Record widescreen home videos straight onto DVD with Sony's latest digital camcorder

A compact, lightweight digital camcorder, whose movies can be viewed on a variety of devices as soon as you've finished filming them - what more can you ask for? A lower price perhaps, and a longer battery life than two hours (with the supplied battery...

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Granny cant wait for our next DVD!

 
Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: MSB (shopzilla.com)

Great technology

 
Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

i wantt to buy

 

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Fun camera but can't figure out software installation still!

 

Product Specifications

Experience the ultimate in videotaping convenience with the DCR-DVD201 DVD Handycam Camcorder from Sony. Now you can record directly onto 3-inch DVD-R and DVD-RW at resolutions comparable to MiniDV. Best of all, the DVD media can easily be viewed on most current DVD players and PCs, making playback a snap. You can even capture still JPEG images up to a maximum resolution of 1152 x 864 thanks to its 1-megapixel CCD imager. It's like having both a camcorder and digital camera in one. The DCR-DVD201 also includes all of the options you'd want from a Sony camcorder, such as a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 10X optical zoom, Super NightShot Plus night recording system and Super SteadyShot picture stabilization. Best of all, everything comes in a package that is 29% smaller and 23% lighter than the DCR-DVD200, making it easy to carry wherever you go.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: 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:5.4in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Night mode / Night plus mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon/Beach & ski / Landscape / Night mode / 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:DVD201/DVD201E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD/CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD