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Sony DCR-DVD405

Sony DCR-DVD405
alaScore 80

265 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 265 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and price are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD405 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and price. The size and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD405E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen, USB 2.0)Sony DCR-DVD405E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen, USB 2.0)

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 197 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD405 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the reliability.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD405 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD405 3MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 review:


Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405

Better-than-average video quality; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; decent still photos.

No video light; occasional compression artifacts still noticeable; slightly grainy low-light video; LCD too small for touch-screen operation.

The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 is a solid DVD camcorder, as long as you don't mind fiddling with a touch-screen interface on a too-small display.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The DVD405 is Sony's direct follow-up to the popular DVD403. Sony did offer a new top model, the DVD505, this year, which uses a CMOS sensor. The DVD405 uses the same 1/3” CCD as last year, but the imaging system seems to have undergone some changes...

Well placed in-camcorder flash, -Easy mode, -Zoom toggle, -Thumbnail playback menu structure

High compression levels with DVD format, -Minimal manual control capabilities, -Mic input can only be engaged through the proprietary hot shoe and thus only with Sony brand products, -Poorly structured menus are controlled through touch screen...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (

Sony DCR-DVD405 Camcorder Review


The DCR-DVD405 is Sony's penultimate DVD camcorder this year, and the follow-up to the enormously popular DVD403. Very little has been added in the way of features since last year, but the price has dropped by a hundred bucks to $900 (MSRP). Sony does...

In the end, the Sony DCR-DVD405 and DVD505 may be more similar than Sony counted on. The $200 price gap suggests that the CMOS sensor would provide significantly better results. It's either that, or the 505's "Smooth Slow Record" feature is so...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: James Murray (

Sony DCR-DVD405


The Sony DCR-DVD405 has a 1/3" CCD with 3.31 gross MP. This are the same specs of the imager found on last year's DVD403, the model which the DVD405 is replacing. This imager gives an effective pixel count of 2.05 MP in 4:3 aspect ratio and 2.06 MP in...

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: New Grandma (

Great Camcorder!!


Did tons of research and price comparison before selecting this model. Hunted for value plus quality and I feel this camcorder delivers the goods.

Excellent camcorder. Easy to use, video quality is exceptional. Great value

None so far

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: Jak (



Price may seem high (although newegss price is very reasonable by comparison), but it is well worth it. The Samsung DV recorder had such a grainy picture. The picture is CRYSTAL clear from the Sony. We have recorded probably 6 hours or so and its all...

The picture quality is unreal. We had a DV recorder and were never happy with the video. It is a night and day difference ; Sound quality is also great

The only problem I have wit hit is the diplay of "Sony disc rocommended" every time you turn it on if it does not have a Sony DVD in there

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: Mark G (

The first few days were good


I own Sony TVs, DVD players, and radioes. This the first product from that company that so fast. Newegg is great.

Newegg is great 1 e-mail and my issues where on the way to being fixed

I started using the DCR-DVD405 on Thursday it failed the next Tuesday. Suddenly it decided there was something wrong with the disk. I put a new disk in same problem. I was using Sony -R so I went and got a Sony -RW still won't work. So I'm RMAing the...

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

very clear


I like this DVD405 Digital Camcorder. you can record on DVD or memory card. It's small and make very clear DVD video. also you can digital photo

I wish the battery is better ; NP-FP60 only use one hour and half. Sony battery charge too much. I will find other battery for this Camcorder,I use Verbatim 1.4GB 2X DVD-RW to replace Sony DVD. It's cheaper and ok

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: payplaf (

well ”


I am a family mother with three kids and the pictures and images I take must last for a long time. This product is light weight and easy to carry around.  It fits in a small area for storage and his compact. The quality of the pictures is above...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: proudmama2006 (

Why This Camera Sucks


none, not worth the money


Apr, 2007

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD405 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD405 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with a 3.3 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with the built-in microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include 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. Best of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash


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


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
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)


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
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic