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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and screen. The usability and value for money also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the image quality. The low light performance and battery get less positive views.

value for money, usability, screen, portability

battery, low-light

On average, users rate this product 89/100.

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Amazon review summary for DCR-DVD205E


alaTest has collected and analysed 4 user reviews of DCR-DVD205E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on


value for money

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam DVD Camcorder (12x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen)

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205E: Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam DVD Camcorder


I bought this camera as I had read some pretty good reviews about it, and it came at a very reasonable price. The camera itself was a nice, compact camcorder, that fitted nicely in the palm of my hand. All the buttons on the camera were well laid out,...

Good value, good outdoor picture

DVD editing, grainy low light picture

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Look On The Sony Side Of Life


Gt;Sony Handycam DCR DVD 205<---- The series DVD 205E, is the video camera you will have undoubtedly seen in the palm of many tourists near those hotspots you go to on a Saturday to get away from the trouble and strife of everyday life. I have had...

Night Shot, 2 sets Rec Functions,Flip TFT/LCD Screen ,Touch Screen

Carry Bag is an Optional Extra/1 hr Total per Disc, Likes A Battery


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Great camera - but you Brits pay through the nose!


This Sony DCR-DVD205E Handycam digital camcorder is a terrific buy - put the camera in 'easy' mode and everything takes care of it...

Product Specifications

This easy to use megapixel DVD Handycam that records in True Widescreen is the perfect companion for your Widescreen TV.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:800
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
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic