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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 are also appreciated, whereas the battery and viewfinder get mixed comments.

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 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DSR-PD170


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 Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably.

reliability, usability, portability, design, image quality

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

Nov, 2020

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

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