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Sony DSR-PD170

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Sony DSR-PD170. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The reliability and portability also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the battery and viewfinder.

usability, portability, reliability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DSR-PD170 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Sony DSR-PD170 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the image quality and design are overall positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Professional DSR-PD170 3 CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical ZoomSony Professional DSR-PD170 3 CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Tony Fonseca (

Sony DSR-PD170 Camcorder Review


The DSR-PD150 has been an excellent performer since it came out years ago but it has matured over time. As other companies such a Panasonic introduced new cameras like the AG-DVX100 with features such as 24p recording, the DSR-PD150 began to loose its...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Shane Burley (

Review: Sony DSR-PD170 Camcorder


Read a review of Sony DSR-PD170: a quality, powerful camcorder well worth the money.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Brian Peterson (

Camcorder Review: Sony DSR-PD170 DVCAM


Upgrading its popular DSR-PD150, Sony's latest DV camcorder, the DSR-PD170, is a serious consideration for people eyeing the Canon XL1s, the XL2 or the Panasonic AG-DVX100. The PD170 comes packed with pro features, such as built-in XLR connectors and...

Professional controls ; Outstanding imaging ; Relatively small size

No anamorphic 16:9 mode ; Limited imaging flexibility

The auto white capability is very good, but it can be fooled in multiple light temperature environments. Sony has made it so easy to white balance manually that it would be a shame not to take advantage of this. Exposure control is also under both auto...

Dec, 2004

TIPA Award!

Expert review by : TIPA (

Best Professional Camcorder: Sony DSR-PD170


The Sony DSR-PD170 builds on the excellent reputation established by the PD150, bringing professional specifications and broadcast quality images and sound for the price of a good consumer camcorder. The TIPA jury awarded the PD-170 the Best...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : CB (

SimplyDV Review: Sony DSR-PD170 DVCAM Camcorder


Designed to appeal both to the serious enthusiast and professional users, but is the VX2100's big brother DVCAM model worth the additional expense?

The DSR-PD170 doesn't come with sufficient new features to persuade existing users of the PD150 to trade up. Placed side by side with the latter, it would be hard to tell the difference at twenty paces - and only the enlarged rubber eyepiece is an...

May, 2008

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Sony DSR PD170 Camcorder


Automatic focus was not with this model, if you're looking for a starting point and take advantage of other suppliers. It has been said, the DSR-PD170 offers many automatic features that serve to enrich and facilitate the control of the camera. Unlike...

Convenience Features


Apr, 2009

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I suggest you to try


sony DSR PD170 is a great camera, I love this camera! It is great for low light, natural light, and action shots. Only the mic mounted on the camera was used for sound while shooting.the shot gun mic is better because it wont pick up noise from the...

It is great for low light, natural light, and action shots


Apr, 2009

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Sony DSR PD170


Over time. Many people expected Sony to do something outrageous and cutting edge to steal the thunder from the AG-DVX100 and XL-1s, but Sony did the opposite. However, inspite of all this the DSR-PD170 proves that solid video performance is still the...

Simple, easy to be used, and cheap

Not recommended for long term

Apr, 2009

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Sony DSR PD170P


With a host of other Sony products, and your multimedia, video-streaming or documentary-style messages are a lot closer to realisation than you would have thought possible. Picture quality & reliability are two of the key features that helped make the...

Simple, unique, and easy to be used

Not for uses in long term

Apr, 2009

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Best performance for beginer


Accessories and options makes this Sony 3-chip camera easy to work with in virtually any shooting scenario. DVCAM Format for Professional Shooting Environments DVCAM is Sony's professional version of the ubiquitous DV format recording component digital...

Not to weight so easy to move

Features not completly

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

The DSR-PD170P is the PAL equivalent of the DSR-PD170 NTSC 3CCD DVCAM compact camcorder. The new DSR-PD170P DVCAM compact camcorder provides high quality acquisition in the DVCAM component digital format, as well as in DV, allowing up to 40 minutes recording on one tape Mini DVCAM tape, or 60 minutes on the same tape in the DV mode. This compact camcorder features three Advanced HAD 1/3-inch CCDs that allow two scanning modes: 480 progressive (for still) and interlaced (for video). These Advanced HAD CCDs also provide high quality acquisition with increased resolution and sensitivity at reduced noise and vertical smear. The new enhancements to the CCDs have enabled the minimum illumination to be improved to an incredible 1 lux. The DSR-PD170P also features a built-in slot for both MemoryStick and a flash memory card for still image storage. Up to 988 JPEG pictures can be stored on one 64 MB MemoryStick . In addition, the stored images can be mixed or keyed to the live image allowing logo insertion and/or mix effects. The built-in high MTF quality 12X electronic zoom lens features Auto focus and SuperSteadyShot with manual Zoom, Focus and Iris control capability. Other enhancements from the DSR-PD150P include a larger high-resolution B&W viewfinder and a newly developed color swing out Hybrid LCD with greater brightness to increase monitoring capability in bright light conditions. The DSR-PD170P now has a larger handle with start/stop functions as well as zoom control on the handle for easy access and enhanced shooting capabilities.


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F330
Run Time (Up To):60min

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:1
Progressive Scan: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:960 x 220

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony DSR

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.4
Optical sensor resolution:450000
Optical sensor size:1/3
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD

Lens System

Digital Zoom:48
Filter size:2.28
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 2.83
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/360Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:380Kpix/450Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD/Advanced HAD 3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Audio recording formats:48KHz/16-bit, 32KHz/12-bit
Auto focus: Yes
I/O ports:1 x Video IN/OUT (RCA pin)\n2 x Audio IN/OUT (RCA pin)\n2 x Audio IN: XLR 3-pin female\n1 x LANC: Stereo mini-mini jack(0.25mm)
Lens system:12:1
Manual focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/10000


Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC / PAL

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Overlap fader / Random / Window wipe/Black fader / Monotone fader / Overlap fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:48
Media Type:DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Old Movie / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

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