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Sony DCR-DVD803

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD803. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the color and size. The battery and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and portability get negative comments. There are some mixed comments about the design.

usability, image quality, battery, size, color

durability, portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD803 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Sony DCR-DVD803


In our tests, the Sony DCRDVD803 produced excellent results, capturing strong, bright colours and smooth movement in both indoor and outdoor lighting.

Great image quality, long battery life, widescreen LCD

A little heavy, built-in microphone a little weak at range

Sony's DCRDVD803 offers terrific image quality and is well suited to those who want to record video and then play it back without editing.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

Sony DCR-DVD803


The DCR-DVD803 is the first DVD camcorder we've seen that doesn't force you to compromise on features or quality -- much.

Very good video quality ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording ; Responsive ; Convenient storage media ; Decent stills

Slightly soft video ; DVD format isn't as well supported as MiniDV for editing ; No video light ; Won't work with the Macintosh ; Can't autodetect aspect ratio during playback

The DVD803's still-image quality is among the best we've seen from a single-CCD, single-lens camcorder. Colour is excellent in the 3-megapixel stills, and exposure was right on in our test shots. Upon close examination, images are a bit noisier than...

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: chainlu (

DCR-DVD803E Camcorder is great


I have used Sony products a lot and am a fan of Sony.

Very sleek,light in weight, Good performance, miniDVD makes it easy for archiving/storing memories and direct play in Computers/DVD players

Sony could have improved positions of buttons/batteries

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: vorgraven (

Sony DCR-DVD803


Nice cam.... but it doest have a memory stick slot....

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: symode09 (

Sony DCR-DVD803


The best camera i have ever had. perfect

easy, fast simple, great quality


Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Colin Brelsford (

Sony DCR-DVD803


The camera is very easy to use but unfortunately is very unreliable mine having failed 3 times now twice with disk error

easy to use

Not very robust

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: phovam (

"looks the goods"

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: phovam (

"looks the goods"


The camera is very easy to use but unfortunately is very unreliable mine having failed 3 times now twice with disk error

easy to use

Not very robust

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: gandr10-pr14335 (



Very neat camera, very satisfied with my purchase of this camera. Great value for money (what I paid for it anyway. Would suggest others to consider this camera if wanting to purchase a middle range camera that takes reasonable video and still shots.

Older design. Can't move eye piece up on angle, for easy viewing.

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

The powerful 3.3 Megapixel Sony DCR-DVD803E Handycam delivers enhanced picture for a sharper look to digital video. From its antireflective Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens to the enhanced 16: 9 widescreen recording, the DVD803 Handycam delivers an extraordinary looking picture. Capture realistic sound with the DVD803s Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Creator and built-in 4 Channel Surround Sound microphone.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP70

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
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 mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
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:3.05Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.05Mpix
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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic