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Sony-dcr-dvd403.33251330
4.7 out of 10

Sony DCR-DVD403

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Reviews and Problems with Sony DCR-DVD403

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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 4
4.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

Avoid SONY or purchase replacement warranty

dsnz, epinions.com
13 August 2006
  • Excerpt: My brother has this camera and mentioned that the lens cover was broken.
  • Pros: SONY could become appreciative of their customers
  • Cons: SONY is unlikely to change their customer service attitude
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 4
4.0
Durability 2
2.0
Battery performance 2
2.0

extremely disappointed

linematrix, epinions.com
13 July 2006
  • Excerpt: It ( Sony DVD403 ) cost me $1249.98 on May 2005. Its Lens Cover refused to work when I was taking a
  • Pros: It seems good
  • Cons: When you had it , It may be good
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Overall 2
2.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 6
6.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

Lots of problems and poor product support

buchie, epinions.com
17 October 2005
  • Summary: Do NOT buy this camera because the warranty period is very short and the camera will probably break. Sony support says sorry a lot, but that is about it!
  • Pros: Easy to use when it is working
  • Cons: Problematic with poor support and backup from Sony
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Overall 2
2.0

Nothing but problems

Mr. B. J. Buchman, Amazon
12 October 2005
  • Summary: Initially this camera worked fine and I was quite happy with its simplicity and quality. Then, after two months, the shutter system malfunctioned and I could not use the camera. I was in South Africa at the time and took it to Sony South Africa who advised me that the entire shutter system needed replacement. However, because Sony does not offer international warranties, I would have to pay for the repair.
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Overall 2
2.0

It drops frames.

araknid_x "araknid_x", Amazon
1 June 2005
  • Summary: I just received the camcorder yesterday and I tried shooting some video at High Resolution and was surprised to find some frames being dropped when playing back on my DVD player. When the scene is fairly static the video is fine but when there is moderate movement I see occasional drops (about one frame every minute on average). You have to however really watch for it to notice the drops (since it only drops one frame now and then).
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