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Sony Handycam DCR DVD850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and memory. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but there are some negative reviews about the features. Opinions are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR DVD850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR DVD850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD850 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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

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Sony DCR-DVD850

 

Overall, the Sony DCR-DVD850 camcorder is worth the purchase if you are a home consumer looking for a high-quality video recorder without the compression or expense of an HD model. This camcorder certainly makes sharing memories with your friends and...

Versatile- 16GB internal memory, plus room for moreHybrid- new technology allows DVD recording as wellValuable- great consumer camcorder for the priceQuality- captures great video and Dolby Digital audio

Limited- fewer features than similar camcorders

If you are looking for more than just an average handycam, then consider...

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Sony DCR-DVD850

 

It seems like most DVD camcorders are give and take when it comes to features but this one pushes both to the edge. Some features are better than any other camcorder and other features are worse than any other. If the pros of the Sony DCR-DVD850 are...

Has a powerful zoom built-in, great battery life and nice variety of potential shots to go with it for the creative artist

This camcorder isn't very good for still images or low light situations

Great for the video artist that isn't into low light shooting.

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I have to say, this little handheld sure does the trick

 

If I were at the store looking for a quick transfer handheld, my choice would be the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850. Its high frame rate (about 150) is sure to get the certain frames I want. (of course, I could always change it up in Sony Vegas) Overall, I...

Nice frame rate (over 100) ; Good quality video ; Surround audio

No FireWire connection

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Dollar 4 Dollar - Can't be beat !!

 

The included software is nice..but somewhat difficult for the novice user, there is VERY little documentation on the software usage, but clear install instructions.

3 SELECTABLE Sources of storage - Internal 16G, Mini DVD (1.7G), and Memory Stick DUO (up to 16G). Will dump from one to the other effortlessly. Sound on this little thing is incredible! Still Picture quality and zoom is phenomenal ; Easy to use, touch...

Movie quality is what it is...not the worst in it's class...but not the best either, somewhere in the middle. Clarity is there..but the colors seem a "touch" off for some reason....It is possible it is a setting somewhere I'm missing

Product Specifications

Enjoy those priceless moments over and over with the DCR-DVD850 DVD Handycam camcorder. It combines maximum flexibility with powerful features like a Carl Zeiss 60x optical zoom lens and SteadyShot image stabilization that makes capturing sharp images a snap. Hybrid Plus technology gives you the option to record to DVD, or removable Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH30

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:3.5in
Weight:13.8oz
Width:2.2in

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 / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD850
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-6.0
Max Focal Length:108mm
Min Focal Length:1.8mm
Optical Zoom:60
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.34Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:410Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8 ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / Flash card/DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / Flash card
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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