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Sony DSR-PD150

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews of Sony DSR-PD150. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and zoom. The design and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the price. There are some negative opinions about the reliability and portability.

image quality, usability, design, zoom, durability

portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DSR-PD150 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DSR-PD150 from 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 Reviewers really like the image quality and design.

design, image quality

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSR-PD150 Pro MiniDV Camcorder with Sony iLinkSony DSR-PD150 Pro MiniDV Camcorder with Sony iLink

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Bruce Coykendall (

Camcorder Review: Sony DSR-PD150 DVCAM


As camcorder prices continue to drop, professional format cameras have come into the grasp of consumers. The Sony DSR-PD150 is one of them. Styled after the legendary Sony VX-1000, its thoughtful additions make it a reasonable choice for the video...

XLR audio inputs ; Great picture ; Rugged construction

XLR module awkward placement ; Auto iris button placement ; Fixed lens

We shot footage with this camcorder in a variety of situations. We shot a studio model with controlled lighting, in bright midday light on a golf course, at 10,000 feet in a national park, in deep woods with fall colors and snowmobiles in action....

May, 2002

Consumer review by: jwo (

Had it two months, it still doesn't work


Great Reputation

Fragile - expensive to repair,

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: Dave (

A great product


Superb video quality, Canon audio connectors

weight not terribly well balanced, a little pricy

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: MG (



Great Camera.


Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: dkla2001 (

Sony Handycam® DSR-PD150 DV Camcorder


camera recording quality. Lot of options.

reliability, sound hiss on some cameras, and weight distribution

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: dkla2001 (

Great camera but not perfect


camera recording quality. Lot of options.

reliability, sound hiss on some cameras, and weight distribution

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: dkla2001 (

Great camera but not perfect


I was one of the first to buy this camera, and it was revolutionary when it came out. Today there are way better cameras on the market. I have a bad history with Sony. I have bought many of their products and have always suffered dearly whenever I had ...

camera recording quality. Lot of options.

reliability, sound hiss on some cameras, and weight distribution

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: tvpappy (

Audio/Video has fooled the pros!


AUDIO! Picture quality is incredible, just keep the lens clean.

They don't make this camera anymore.

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: Skinneydog (

Sony DSR-PD150 3-CCD DVCAM Camcorder


One very cool custumer.

Cost, low light, sound, manual controls, battery life, ergonomics, it's "eye cathing" looks.

As far as I am concerned (the way i use it) , None.

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: cybersurvey (

great camera


When used in memory card mode to take stills it produces great clear quality.

Sound can be a bit of a problem, not as good as expected

Apr, 2004

Product Specifications

The DSR-PD150 provides high quality acquisition in the DVCAM component digital format, as well as in DV, allowing up to forty minutes recording on one tape Mini DVCAM tape or over a full hour in the DV mode. It is suited for Event Videography and Video Journalist applications. This compact camcorder features three newly developed 1/3 inch 380K pixel CCDs that allow two scanning modes: 480 progressive (for still) or interlaced (for video). These new CCDs also provide high quality acquisition with increased resolution and sensitivity at reduced noise and vertical smear. The DSR-PD150 also features complete Professional Audio functions with two built-in XLR inputs. It features a built-in slot for a flash memory card or MemoryStick for still image storage. Up to 988 JPEG pictures can be stored in one 64 MB MemoryStick. The stored images can be mixed or keyed to the live image allowing logo insertion and/or mix effects. The built-in electronic zoom lens features Autofocus and SuperSteadyShot with a high MTF 12X high MTF quality optical lens with manual Zoom, Focus and Iris control. A high resolution (500 lines) B&W viewfinder and a color swing out bright color LCD panel are included to make shooting a breeze. A software package for logo generation and included USB port adapter are standard.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):60min

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sepia mode / Shutter-priority / Slow shutter

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony DSR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:360Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:380Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical


HD Video Format:Not Applicable

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:48
Media Type:DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Old Movie / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD