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Sony DCR-DVD305

We have collected and analyzed 4 expert reviews and 66 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 48/100 and users rate it 81/100. The average review date is May 21, 2007. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 76/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 17, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD305

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD305 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the price and battery are overall positive. The size and image quality are also appreciated. The reliability and portability get critical comments.

usability, image quality, size, battery, price

portability, reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD305 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD305 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 review: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305

 

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305

Generally fast autofocus and autoexposure; can finalize discs while on battery power.

Middling video quality; no windscreen filter for microphone; small LCD with impractical touch screen-based menu system.

There are better choices than the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305, a so-so DVD camcorder.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD305 Camcorder Review

 

They say the apple never drops far from the tree - and in the case of the Sony DCR-DVD305, the saying is particularly apt. This camcorder shares a body design with its step-down cousin, the DCR-DVD205, and its specs are virtually identical. In fact,...

The DCR-DVD305 ($700 MSRP) is the middle of the line DVD camcorder from Sony. That position might suffice in MiniDV camcorders, but DVD camcorders produce (for the time being) a lower image quality than MiniDV. Whereas a mid-line Sony or Canon MiniDV...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-DVD305

 

The Sony DCR-DVD305 comes a'calling with a 1/5.5" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD, with 1.3 gross MP (690K effective pixels). This is the same size chip as the DCR-DVD205, the next model down, but that camcorder does not have the HAD...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Awesome

 

Definatly worth the money. Best price on the internet.

Touchscreen GUI, Dolby 5.1, camera dimensions and weight

Doesn't ship with and media

Apr, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A+ for SONY - They've Done it Again!!!

 

small - compact - lightweight - easy to use

No light for poor lighting

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A+ for SONY - They've Done it Again!!!

 

With the ever changing world of electronics, it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology. I have never been one who gets the newest item on the market, but there comes a time when you have to take a step up. That's just what I did this ...

small - compact - lightweight - easy to use

No light for poor lighting

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Ups and Downs of Sony DCR-DVD305

 

I like this product alot. In fact, I think it is a great deal for the price of it. If you are undecided in getting a cheaper or less featured version of the 305 it is NOT worth it. Spend the extra $100 and you will be getting a much better deal. ...

Easy Cam, Compact, flip screen, digital stabilization, night vision, cheap accessories, Easy Edit and format

Battery life questionalble, USB port with no webcam ability, Digital zoom useless, memory stick useless

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Ups and Downs of Sony DCR-DVD305

 

Easy Cam, Compact, flip screen, digital stabilization, night vision, cheap accessories, Easy Edit and format

Battery life questionalble, USB port with no webcam ability, Digital zoom useless, memory stick useless

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Capturing Memories to mini-DVD

 

Very Portable, excellent recording ability/video quality, auto-creates Title menus.

Underused Memory Stick slot. Unable to be used as Webcam despite its USB 2.0 connection.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Capturing Memories to mini-DVD

 

It's been a LONG time since I bought a video camera. The last one I had was a JVC VHS-C camcorder that weighed over 4 lbs and had a pitiful battery life around 35 min per battery. It was also the size of a small toaster. I walked into Circuit City ...

Very Portable, excellent recording ability/video quality, auto-creates Title menus

Underused Memory Stick slot. Unable to be used as Webcam despite its USB 2.0 connection

Jul, 2006

Product Specifications

Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD305 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD305 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with an 1.0 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with supplied microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater. Other features include Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 2.7" Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel capabilities. Best of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.1lbs
Width:2.2in

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DVD305
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:1Mpix
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:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Digital Zoom:800
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic