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Sony Handycam DCR DVD408

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD408. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR DVD408 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam DCR DVD408


alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR DVD408 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments. There are some negative opinions about the reliability.

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD408 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD408 4MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam


Easy to operate, Sony's DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam ($630 as of April 24, 2007) produces great-looking movies in wide-screen (16:9) format. Its DVD media lets you record video and then play it back on most DVD players, without any need for a computer or...

Top-notch video quality ; Touch screen eases menu navigation

Can't record stills to DVD

May, 2007

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam camcorder


Easy to operate, Sony's DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam produces great-looking movies in widescreen (16:9) format. The Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam's DVD media lets you record video and then play it back on most DVD players, without any need for a computer or...

Its limitations notwithstanding, the Sony DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam deserves a place on anyone's short list of camcorder contenders - but be prepared to purchase a good video-editing package that can handle DVD files to go with it.

May, 2007

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Super Camcorder! ”


We've had this camcorder for a couple of years, and have taken it to the beach, Yellowstone, camping trips, and is it inside on a weekly basis to record and document our children. It performs well under all these conditions, and is very user friendly....

Mar, 2011

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awesome camera, sony handycam ”


we got our handycam a year ago. now i have a digital camera that just sits in a drawer because this camera does it all. awesome HD videa quality. the still pictures are great too. I am kinda new to all this new technology, so i was very nervous...

Mar, 2011

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Great camcorder ”


So I was looking for a camcorder that I could buy before I went for a trip with the family. Let me tell you there are way too many choices in the market right now and I had to come back and do my research before I could pick one up that would make me...

Feb, 2011

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SOny is number 1. ”


Sony is always considered number in cameras and lenses and I can never agree less. I have their digital camera and their video camera. Its so easy to use, easy to handle with excellent results. The quality of videos is really high and resolution is...

Jan, 2011

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everything I was hoping for ”


I have a sony-handycam 408 camcorder. and it is a great camcorder. the sony-handycam 408 camcorder is an hand held camcorder that can create dvd's. It is easy to use. get it out of the package, charge the batteries and off you go. The batteries last a...

Jan, 2011

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Pretty good camcorder ”


The Sony DCR-DVD408 Handycam Camcorder is a pretty good basic camcorder. It's easy to pick up and use for people who aren't very familiar with a camcorder. The the camera has an LCD viewing window that's also a touchscreen. The response time for the...

Jan, 2011

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This handycam is easy to use ”


This is an easy to use camera, it even comes with an easy button for anyone who is confused!  It is small and compact, lightweight, and very easy to tote around with you as you record memories.  The camera we have uses DVC cassettes which can be...

Dec, 2010

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Works well! ”


We got the Sony Handycam Camcorder as a gift from my inlaws when our first son was born 2 years ago.  We told them we wanted a light weight camera and this one is perfect as far as that is concerned.  We haven't used it a whole lot because I forget but...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications

Shoot exceptional quality videos and easily share them with the DCR-DVD408 Handycam camcorder. This high-end device allows for a multitude of video transfer options above and beyond DVD formats. Record high-quality images and video directly to DVD-R/-RW/+RW/+R Dual Layer media formats with the DCR-DVD408 DVD Handycam camcorder. The dual recording feature allows you to capture 2.3 megapixel still images while recording video in 5.1 channel surround sound. Additionally, it can shoot up to 4.0 megapixel photos when it's not recording video. Smooth slow recording lets you slow down fast-paced action and display it at a slower frame rate. It comes equipped with a CMOS Sensor and powerful 10x optical/80x digital zoom. And with the 2.7"7 Wide Hybrid Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen, you can view everything you've captured in stunning detail.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLITHIUM
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:1.5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight




Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:2

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.99 - 23.4
Digital Zoom:80
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.99 - 23.4
Focal length range (f-f):0.201 - 2.01
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional.
Fader:Black & White
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Manual focus: Yes
Pastel: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.2
Power Requirements:7.2V battery/8.4V AC Adaptor
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser 2.0.
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes