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Sony DCR-DVD508

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD508. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the portability and reliability are overall positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, image quality, price, reliability, portability

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD508 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD508

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD508 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the portability and price. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the reliability. The battery and design get critical opinions.

usability, image quality, price, portability

design, battery

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD508 6.1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomSony DCR-DVD508 6.1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Sep, 2016

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD508

 

Although there's no denying that the consumer electronics market is shifting toward high-definition products, there's still room for standard-definition gear in the camcorder space. In fact, the standard-definition miniDVD is still the most popular...

Excellent standard-definition video quality. Easy to use. Nicely structured menus. Shoots 6-megapixel still pictures.

Slow still-image performance. It's not HD.

This 10X optical Handycam should definitely be on your short list if you're looking for a SD camcorder that doesn't skimp on quality.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD508 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-DVD508 is Sony's top standard definition camcorder for 2007. It replaces the DCR-DVD505, which performed very well last year. Sony has upped the ante by equipping the new camcorder with an even more powerful CMOS sensor and optical image...

Sony has clearly taken a few missteps since last year, as evident in the DCR-DVD508. The "improved" CMOS sensor packs in so many pixels that the low light performance suffers from a tremendous amount of noise. What does a standard definition camcorder...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (washingtonpost.com)

Sony DCR-DVD508

 

In areas where light is plentiful, the DCR-DVD508 produces an excellent image with strong colors and great sharpness. This is thanks mostly to its massive 1/2.9-inch CMOS chip and 3,200,000 pixel count. For a standard definition DVD camcorder, the...

When the lights dwindle, so does the performance. Again, this is the imager's doing. Last year's DVD505 had a 1/3-inch imager with a 2,100,000 pixel count. The DVD508 increases the surface area of the chip by 3 percent, but increases the pixel count by...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-DVD508

 

The DCR-DVD508 is Sony's top standard definition camcorder for 2007. It replaces the DCR-DVD505, which performed very well last year. Sony has upped the ante by equipping the new camcorder with an even more powerful CMOS sensor and optical image...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony DCR-DVD508 Handycam DCRDVD508/a Review

 

Consumer review by: swoodward1969 (shopping.com)

I like it..no regrets

 

This is a very nice camcorder. I have not used the digital picture yet as I have a nice sony camera. so far I have record several events on the dvd rw disc which record 30 minutes in SP mode and 60min in LP. I have recorded everything in LP and the...

crisp videos, Night mode recording awesome, make sure to change setting to brighten

Battery life,frequent changing of recording disc,have the spare ready to go

May, 2007

Consumer review by: swoodward1969 (epinions.com)

I like it..no regrets

 

crisp videos, Night mode recording awesome, make sure to change setting to brighten colors.

Battery life,frequent changing of recording disc,have the spare ready to go.

May, 2007

Product Specifications

Powerful and practical, the DCR-DVD508 DVD Handycam Camcorder merges quality with performance. Easily record your memories to a multitude of media formats and share with everyone. Memories are made to be shared, and it couldn't be easier than with the DCR-DVD508 Handycam camcorder. By recording straight to DVD-R/-RW/+RW/+R Dual Layer media formats, it has never been simpler to put your video on display. A Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens enables superior clarity while the Super SteadyShot image stabilization makes sure it stays that way. You can even take 4.6 megapixel photos while you're shooting video in stunning 5.1 channel surround sound, or snap gorgeous 6.1 megapixel still images. And when you need to get close, the 10x optical/20x digital zoom means every detail is crystal clear.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

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:3.4in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD508
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:54mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:20
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD