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Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder

Sony VRD-MC5 Compact DVD Recorder
alaScore 83

233 reviews

Jun, 2018

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (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

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (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

Jun, 2018

Editor's Choice!

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 (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 (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 (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 (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