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Sony DCR-DVD403

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    8.2 8.2 from 6 reviewers
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    5.3 5.3 from 19 reviewers
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The Sony DCR-DVD403 excels in areas that the competition slacks off. With this model you can get the best of the best in quality and features without having to miss out on much. Of course, the DCR-DVD403 is far from perfect, but with that being said the pros far outweigh the cons.

When it comes down to it, the DCR-DVD403 has surpassed the majority of the competition in every area imaginable. And not only has it passed the competition, but it has pretty much left them far behind looking for a way to c…

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The Sony DCR-DVD403 excels in areas that the competition slacks off. With this model you can get the best of the best in quality and features without having to miss out on much. Of course, the DCR-DVD403 is far from perfect, but with that being said the pros far outweigh the cons.

When it comes down to it, the DCR-DVD403 has surpassed the majority of the competition in every area imaginable. And not only has it passed the competition, but it has pretty much left them far behind looking for a way to catch up. With good video quality, a well designed package, and convenient storage options it is no wonder the DCR-DVD403 has moved straight to the top of this field.

As far as similar camcorders are concerned, the DCR-DVD403 may look just like the rest at first glance. The only reason that this camcorder may appear different to you is because of the heavier weight. The DCR-DVD403 weights in at approximately 1 pound 5 ounces which is much more than most of the competition. This is one of the only drawbacks of this model.

Unlike early models from Sony, the DCR-DVD403 does not lack anything when it comes to the features department. This model is full of features including a high resolution CCD, the ability to record in surround sound, and convenience storage.

With the DCR-DVD403 you will be able to start shooting within a matter of seconds; this is a far cry of 30 seconds or more in cameras of the past. Battery life is top notch, and for beginners the automatic modes make things easier than ever before.

The Sony DCR-DVD403 offers many benefits that the competitors simply miss out on. If you want the best of the best, you will be hard pressed to find it in anything but the DCR-DVD403.

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  • sony dcr-dvd403 lens cover

    The lens cover on my 2 year old camcorder does not open any longer. When I request repair, Sony is giving a flat rate of $341 to fix it. Does anyone know a better way?

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