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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the connectivity and image quality are generally positive. The durability and size are also mentioned favorably. The memory and battery get less positive reviews, and reviews are divided on the zoom.

usability, size, durability, image quality, connectivity

price, portability, reliability, battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the connectivity and image quality. The size and usability also get good feedback. The memory and durability get less positive views. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom and portability.

usability, size, image quality, connectivity

price, reliability, battery, durability, memory

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRDVD300 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 3.5" LCD and Digital Still CapabilitySony DCRDVD300 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 3.5" LCD and Digital Still Capability

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-DVD300 DVD Handycam

 

This camcorder records to DVD, but don't throw out the videotape quite yet: That feature is a little awkward to use.

Although this camcorder's ability to shoot straight to DVD sounds attractive, the process is awkward.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Handycam DCR-DVD300 DVD Digital Camcorder Review

 

Although this camcorder's ability to shoot straight to DVD sounds attractive, the process is awkward.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD300 DVD Digital Camcorder

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Size vs. Convenience

 

Company: Sony Electronics Inc., www.sonystyle.com Price: $1,100 (list) Spec data: 3.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD, 1-megapixel digital still camera, 10X optical/120X digital zoom, DVD format video recording, InfoLithium battery, MPEG-2 video, USB 2.0, Dolby...

Output shows good color and detail, camera performed well in outdoor tests with good low-light performance, DVD media makes playback for most users extremely simple ; Cons ; DVD format makes it bulkier than other palmcorders, output is incompatible...

DVD format makes it bulkier than other palmcorders, output is incompatible with many consumer video-editing and authoring applications, still images are grainy ; Bottom Line ; If you don't mind its slightly bulky profile and mediocre still images, the...

If you don't mind its slightly bulky profile and mediocre still images, the DVD-300 is a good choice. It produces solid images across the supported range of resolutions, and its DVD format is very convenient for most users.

Feb, 2004

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (videomaker.com)

Mini DVD Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-DVD300 DVD-R/-RW

 

You might think that Sony, with its reputation for innovation, would have been first to market with a mini DVD camcorder. While Hitachi claimed that honor a while ago, Sony has nonetheless come on strong with its first line of DVD camcorders, which...

High-quality DVD recordings ; Microphone jack ; Point-shoot-share philosophy

No headphone jack ; Blank media currently expensive ; Long wait to finalize/access discs

A strong entry for Sony in the brand-new DVD camcorder marketplace.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: Keith (shopzilla.com)

Not a practical Video recorder

 
Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: lenny (shopzilla.com)

this sets the standard for camcorders

 
Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: mongomad1 (epinions.com)

Great for recording special moments in life!

 

Nice, durable camera that records on mini DVD's. 3.5"LCD Screen rotates over 180 degrees.

Bulky, slow to get started and it takes a long time to eject discs.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: mongomad1 (epinions.com)

Wonderful for recording life's special moments!

 

Nice, durable camera that records on mini DVD's. 3.5"LCD Screen rotates over 180 degrees.

Bulky, slow to get started and it takes a long time to eject discs.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: mongomad1 (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-DVD300 DVD Camcorder - Wonderful for recording life's special moments!

 

Great Expectations/Anticipation: Prior to having our child (pre-pregnancy even), I was in search of a video camera to capture the early stages of Heisman winner 2023. At the time, early 2003, I knew I wanted one that would record directly to a ...

Nice, durable camera that records on mini DVD's. 3.5"LCD Screen rotates over 180 degrees

Bulky, slow to get started and it takes a long time to eject discs

Apr, 2007

Product Specifications

If you are looking for an easy to use camcorder that advances the simplicity of making and sharing your videos and pictures via DVD, look no further than Sony's DCR-DVD300 DVD Handycam Camcorder. Featuring 1.0 MP still image capture (1152 x 864) and a 3.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD screen, the DVD300 is ideal for capturing thousands of still shots and up to 60 minutes of video at high resolutions on a single 3-inch disc. Its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens produces true-to-life color clarity in videos and still images and its 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom brings the action up close. Additionally, Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization, Super NightShot O Lux/Color Slow Shutter Recording System and an InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower System highlight the camcorder's worry-free recording and connectivity features. Pick up Sony's top of the line DVD camcorder today!

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:3.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD300
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RAM (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD