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Sony DCR-DVD505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The viewfinder and image quality also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the reliability and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD505

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD505 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

viewfinder, portability, usability, color, value for money

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD505E DVD Camcorder (2MP CMOS, 10x Optical, 3.5" Widescreen LCD Screen)Sony DCR-DVD505E DVD Camcorder (2MP CMOS, 10x Optical, 3.5" Widescreen LCD Screen)

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD505 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.

usability, image quality, value for money, battery, design

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD505 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD505 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD505 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom + 2 Lens KIT DVD-505 NEW! USA

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Sony DCR-DVD505 Handycam Camcorder

 

Great video quality. Very good sound. Excellent 3.5-inch-wide touch panel. Articulating LCD. Pivoting viewfinder.

Although it's not perfect, the Sony DCR-DVD505 miniDVD camcorder's strengths make it a shoo-in for Editors' Choice.

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505

 

Better-than-average video quality; excellent, large LCD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; innovative wireless microphone accessory; decent still photos.

No video light; occasional compression artifacts still noticeable; poor battery life; slightly grainy low-light video.

Full-featured but somewhat bulky, the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505 DVD camcorder matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording.

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Sony DCR-DVD505 Camcorder Review

 

The DVD camcorder has grown by bounds in the last few years, and few have been so highly anticipated as the DCR-DVD505 from Sony. This was their premiere camcorder at CES, and barring the upcoming HDR-HC3, it has more new technology and hype than any...

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Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-DVD505 DVD Camcorder

 

If you're a casual shooter looking to do minimal editing, the Sony DCR-DVD505 may end up in your travel bag. The DVD505 boasts widescreen DVD video recording with its CMOS sensor, while capturing Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound via the built-in mic....

Ease of use Generous wide LCD Visual 5.1 surround sound monitoring

No headphone jack Can't transfer clips directly from disc to edit

The Sony DCR-DVD505 provides the picture and sound worthy of a President Cleveland (or ten Benjamins.)

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Sony DCR-DVD505

 

We tested the DCR-DVD505 for video performance by shooting a calibrated color chart at 3000 lux, then taking stills from that footage and comparing them to stills from other camcorders. Our procedures for this particular camcorder were a little...

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Sony DCR-DVD505 Handycam DCRDVD505

 

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Sony DCR-DVD505 review

 

A DVD-based camcorder that doesn't cut the video mustard

p>Burns straight to DVD Supports both and - formats 4MP still camera</p

p>Fast movement looks fizzy Lacklustre still images Average video quality Large and bulky</p

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Sony DCR-DVD505E review

 

The DCR-DVD505E's girth is due in part to its huge 3.5in widescreen LCD.

Sony's DCR-DVD505E is the largest and most expensive DVD camcorder. It's also the only one that uses a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD.

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505E review

 

Fully featured but somewhat bulky, the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505E DVD camcorder matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording

Better-than-average video quality ; Excellent, large LCD ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording ; Innovative wireless microphone accessory ; Decent still photos

No video light ; Occasional compression artefacts still noticeable ; Poor battery life ; Slightly grainy low-light video

Outdoor-lit footage showed almost no graininess. Indoors, the DCR-DVD505E is a more average performer. Footage is noticeably grainy in dimmer conditions but less so than many competing single-CCD cameras. The NightShot mode does a good job of...

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"Was best investment"

 

I bought it in Dec for $799 new with some freebies thrown in and was able to start quality shoots straight away. I love the ease and quality but I didn't like the surprise in finding out it may be useless as Sony never bothered making Vista drivers or...

Great video and I love the fact that I can take stills while using the video.

No Windows Vista Drivers

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD505 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD505 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with 2.1 Megapixel CLEARVID CMOS Sensor, 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 and Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 3.5" 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 Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD505
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 Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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