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Sony DCR-DVD653

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD653. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and portability. The control panel and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the image quality. Views are divided on the design.

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On average, users rate this product 40/100 and experts rate this product 70/100.

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Sony DCR-DVD653


When you pick up the diminutive DCRDVD653E, you realise that the disc itself is the main hindrance to the design. While most of the body is around 7.5...

Compact design, 5.1 Dolby surround sound, very good battery life, separate zoom and record button on side of LCD panel great for stable shooting

Disappointing still quality, clunky design

The DCR-DVD653E is a high-quality, well-designed DVD camcorder, with very good audio features and a 20X optical zoom.

Sep, 2005

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ease of use

still has teething probs with its finalizing

Oct, 2007

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Why do I keep buying Sony's ?


There weren't many reviews around on the Sony DCR-DVD653E when I bought it. I agree the picture quality should be better. It is obviously GRAINY. I'm not sure if its any better than my old VHS camcorder. But the reason I bought it is for the...

DVD's much more convenient than video tape

Grainy picture. Doesn't include camera bag or other necessary accessories

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

Complete your DVD viewing experience with surround sounds. Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator in DCR-DVD653 Series lets you complement pristine footages with top-notch sounds when you playback your DVD recordings in a home theater system.Immerse in sounds of your personal home movies exactly the way you heard them while recording. Record with a microphone and let Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator generate 5.1ch. surround sound.Renowned for unparalleled precision, Carl Zeiss lens provides superb contrast, improved clarity and sharper images.Bright and vivid in any lighting condition, the Touch Panel simply lets you concentrate on capturing the action in the best quality. A simple touch on its generous 2.5" LCD screen lets you gain easy access to many of DCR-DVD653E's features.Enjoy the freedom to record in a variety of DVD formats. Compatible with DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD Handycam easily allows you to capture and playback footages on most DVD players.If the action is happening too far for you to record, simply close in - with your fingers! With zoom lens of 20x optical and 800x digital, DCR-DVD653E lets your recordings move in closer to the action while you remain stationary.For exceptionally long battery life, look at the Stamina Battery Power Management System. This exclusive technology is perfect when you are always outdoors or at all-night parties and events, as there's no more lugging of extra batteries or constantly stopping your filming for a recharge.