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Sony-dcr-dvd403.33251330
4.7 out of 10

Sony DCR-DVD403

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Overall 8
8.0

Lens protector very sensitive to dust and small particles

MS, Amazon
23 February 2006
  • Summary: You have to keep this baby really clean. Its got a goofy lens cover mechanism that is very sensitive to the smallest particles. It constantly gets jammed. No other complaints, works great.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great camera, Terrible DVD Authoring software

Benoit J. Lheureux, Amazon
6 February 2006
  • Summary: I echo many other reviewer's sentiments about the high quality Sony DCR-DVD403 camera - its great! I am quite concerned about the terrible things I have heard about Sony's support -- I hope I don't ever have to turn in my camera. Fortunately, so far my camera is working flawlessly. Some of the bundled software is a different story though -- what a disgrace!
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Durability 8
8.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

shoot like a pro

v6monty, epinions.com
8 January 2006
  • Summary: Good for serious pro-sumer or back up for a professional. Overkill for most.
  • Pros: Size, low profile
  • Cons: No Mac support, LCD menu, Limited zoom.
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 6
6.0
Battery performance 8
8.0

Do your homework, technology worth price, computer necessary to exploit all features

magpiepole, epinions.com
2 January 2006
  • Summary: Buy if you like the ease of taking a mini DVD from camera to DVD player. Quality is great and as good as tape when viewed on TV.
  • Pros: Full-featured in-camera editing, same size as mini-DV, Dolby sound, remote
  • Cons: heavy battery, not easily compatible w/MacIntosh, pricey, DVDs hold 20 minutes hi-quality video
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Overall 8
8.0

You CAN move the video from the little DVD to a big one

New Jersey Mom, Amazon
8 December 2005
  • Summary: A lot of people writing reviews here seem to think that they're stuck buying expensive small cancorder-size DVD's ($20 for 3) and filling them up with 20 minutes each of high quality video. For a few minutes extra work you can put your files on your computer and then, when you have enough files to make it worth while, create a new "big DVD." Then you can just reformat your little disk and keep using it in your camera to take more video.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great camera but almost useless software

Jay Rampersad, Amazon
8 December 2005
  • Summary: I went through two phases of decision making before I chose this camera: 1. The choice between Mini-DV format and DVD media cameras: I decided on the latter, since I have an old 8mm camcorder, and one of the primary reasons I dont take footage anymore is the hassle I had to go through each time to transfer onto videocassettes or DVDs.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great camcorder!

Amazon Customer "sky124327", Amazon
15 September 2005
  • Summary: I just purchased the camera so I could record my 2 little ones going off to their first day of school. So far I am very pleased with the camera and am glad I invested the money into it. Pros: Easy to use / Easy to finalize Nice still pictures Lightweight and compact Great night shots Movies look and sound great on my 57" wide screen HD tv Easy to use LCD touch screen Easy to switch between modes Cons: Wind noise in background Viewfinder won't tilt up No memory slot...
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 10
10
Durability 8
8.0
Battery performance 10
10

Nice Camcorder

tee32, epinions.com
11 June 2005
  • Excerpt: I don't have much of a camcorder background so take this for what its worth.
  • Pros: Low light performance is nice. "Easy" mode when your feeling lazy. Lots of features!
  • Cons: Sensitive mic loves recording the wind and slightly audable motor noise. Might irritate some.
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 8
8.0
Battery performance 10
10

Thanks to Sony

aarias32171, epinions.com
24 May 2005
  • Excerpt: I got this camcorder a week ago and I am so impress with the technology of this product.
  • Pros: DVD format, easy to review video.
  • Cons: Software, will not record on regular DVD it works only with mini DVD.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent hardware-- mediocre software

RR, Amazon
1 May 2005
  • Summary: From a hardware standpoint this camcorder is excellent. Picture quality under a variety of lighting conditions including dim lighting is excellent. The quality of the still photos is also excellent-- I haven't used my digital still camera since I bought it. The only letdown is the very mediocre software package that comes with it. I'm surprised a quality company like Sony would bundle a $1000 high end camera with budget software.
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