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Sony Handycam® DCR-DVD403 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Sony Handycam® DCR-DVD403 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The image quality and battery are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the price and portability.

usability, battery, image quality, size, reliability

portability, price

On average, users rate this product 73/100.

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Last year I purchased a Sony Handycam DCR DVD 403: The camera has an automatic lens shutter, and it seems to cause many users headache (does not open any more). It ...

Easy to format and pop into DVD player for display on the TV

No mpeg2, avi or other compressed formats!?INSANE REPAIR CHARGES!!WARRANTY?!? Yeah right!

Aug, 2006

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Do your homework, technology worth price, computer necessary to exploit all features


I bought the Sony DVD 92 model from big-box retailer Best Buy. I own an older Windows-based computer, but usually use a Mac G4 with iMovie and figured I could extract video clips from the mini-DVDs, but found later that it's not possible and I can't ...

Full-featured in-camera editing, same size as mini-DV, Dolby sound, remote

heavy battery, not easily compatible w/MacIntosh, pricey, DVDs hold 20 minutes hi-quality video

Jan, 2006

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Lots of problems and poor product support


Initially this camera worked fine and I was quite happy with its simplicity and quality. Then, after two months, the shutter system malfunctioned and I could not use the camera. I was in South Africa at the time and took it to Sony South Africa who ...

Easy to use when it is working

Problematic with poor support and backup from Sony

Oct, 2005

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Excellent camera - what's all the whining about?


I am a former professional cameraman and I am very impressed with this camera. I would buy it again. I've had for a month while travelling in China and it has proven to be very reliable and very easy to use, including adjusting exposure and focus. ...

good widescreen picture, surround sound, battery life - fast boot-up and good feature set

Slow download of VR mode over USB, only 21 minutes per disk on hi quality

Jun, 2005

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The best of the DVD Camcorders...


Before I begin, let me correct a previous reviewer who stated that the built-in microphone does not record in 5.1 surround sound. It does. The manual clearly states that and I have tested it on my own home theater. OK, on with the review. If you are ...

convenience, low light picture quality, ease of use

bundled software quality is marginal, limited recording time per DVD

May, 2005

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Honestly, a knockout punch - just a wonderful camera


I grew up in a very high-tech family. I come from a family that was probably one of the first adopters of the at-home microwave oven; the Apple IIe home computer (when they came out); and of course, the first external color LCD screen for a cam-corder....

Easy to use, amazing picture and audio, great battery life, mega-intuitive

Surround capable, but does not ship with surround sound microphone.

May, 2005