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Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder

Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder
alaScore 82

233 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews of Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: SONY VRD-MC5 DVD-RECORDER DVDIRECTSONY VRD-MC5 DVD-RECORDER DVDIRECT

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on Amazon.com.

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VRDMC5 DVDirect DVD Recorder + Accessory Kit with 32-Slot CD Case and 25 Pack of Sony DVD-R Rewriteable DiscsSony VRDMC5 DVDirect DVD Recorder + Accessory Kit with 32-Slot CD Case and 25 Pack of Sony DVD-R Rewriteable Discs

Nov, 2017

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Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Sony DVDirect VRD-MC5

 

The DVDirect VRD-MC5 is the easiest way to transfer old VHS tapes, camcorder footage, and photos from your digital camera directly onto a DVD, without a PC.

LCD screen for previews. Easy to transfer photos and videos, including VHS, to a DVD. Cheaper than previous models. Memory card slots. Adds title menus, slide show, and music functions to the selection menu

Doesn't connect to a PC and printer anymore. Cables not included. No software bundle

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi (pcworld.com)

Dvdirect MC5

 

The $230 MC5 is the latest in Sony's DVDirect series of stand-alone video transfer devices, and for quick, easy burning of photos and video to DVD without using a PC, you can't beat it. The big news is that the MC5 is the first DVDirect model to...

Supports HD video Very easy to use

Can't connect to a PC

Though the MC5 is easy to use, I had to search for a format function hidden in the setup menu to reuse Nero-burned +RW and -RW media. The MC5 does nothing you can't do with a PC and a DVD burner, but for videographers on the go, it's both quicker and...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Ken Sander (crunchgear.com)

Sony DVDirect VRD-MC5 review

 

Is the medium really the message? First, I had a VHS camcorder, then an S-VHS camcorder and in the early nineties I did a lot of recording on the Hi-8 format. After that I went digital with DV tapes. All of those were messages, right? Messages from the...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony VRD-MC5

 

Ease-of-use, supports a range of multimedia ; including camcorders, VHS tapes and digital photos, portable design

Some camcorder recording options only work with Sony products

If you need a fast way to make DVDs without a computer, the VRD-MC5 is a relatively cheap and user-friendly option. Unfortunately, its unashamed bias towards Sony-branded camcorders slightly lessens its charms.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DVDirect VRD-MC5

 

The DVDirect VRD-MC5 is primarily targeted at camcorder owners who want to make DVDs of their footage without using a PC. Perhaps you find computer te...

Ease-of-use, supports a range of multimedia; including camcorders, VHS tapes and digital photos, portable design

Some camcorder recording options only work with Sony products

If you need a fast way to make DVDs without a computer, the VRD-MC5 is a relatively cheap and user-friendly option. Unfortunately, its unashamed bias towards Sony-branded camcorders slightly lessens its charms.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony DVDirect MC5

 

Video-transfer device is a quick, convenient way to get content onto DVD without firing up a PC.

Supports HD video, very easy to use

Can't connect to a PC

Though the MC5 is easy to use, we had to search for a format function hidden in the setup menu to reuse Nero-burned +RW and -RW media. The MC5 does nothing you can't do with a PC and a DVD burner, but for videographers on the go, it's both quicker and...

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Sleepy (sony.com)

Great Purchase

 

"I purchased the VRD-MC5 friday and was recording friday night. It is a great one touch system. I recorded from my dvd player and it was really simple. The quality was great. No problems. I must tell everyone to purchase a VRD-MC5 if they want to...

Great Price, easy to use. easy to hook up. Easy Minu to choose from

None Yet

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: (sony.com)

Most valuable item I have ever purchased

 

"Awesome product although wish had more dvd burning capapabilities such as multiple burns at same time"

Multi speeds and ease of use

Limited to one DVD at a time

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: (sony.com)

It's ok, but...

 

"... I originally purchased this and ended up getting it replaced by Sony because of a chroma sampling issue. The replacement unit had the same issue, so I assume it's inherent in all units. There's ugly chroma blocking most noticeable with the color...

small footprint

chroma sampling issue

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: SNUGLESS (sony.com)

EXCELLENT LITTLE MACHINE BUT...

 

"I got it 2 years ago and have 2 sets of cables plugged from my vcr and my cable box going to the machine and just switch whenever I want to use it to record from cable box or vcr.It has a DVD Preview that allows you to see what's on the DVD that you...

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

Color

Color of product:Black, Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):7.6 x 8.76 x 2.6
Disc types supported:DVD+R DL
Optical disc recording:Y
Recording System:SD, HD (AVCHD - DVD)

Ports & interfaces

Composite video in:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
Video in:Y

Storage

Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Duo, SD, xD

Technical Details

Device type:Recorder

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:52.9