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Sony DCR-DVD405

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Sony is known world wide for producing top notch camcorders, and the DCR-DVD405 is no exception. While it is not as intriguing to buyers as some of its other models, the DCR-DVD405 does have quite a bit to offer. If you are looking for a solid, reliable camcorder and do not care too much about small details, the DCR-DVD405 may be the perfect fit for you. For new camcorder buyers the DCR-DVD405 is most definitely recommended for its reasonable price tag, Sony quality, and high quality video performance. …

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Sony is known world wide for producing top notch camcorders, and the DCR-DVD405 is no exception. While it is not as intriguing to buyers as some of its other models, the DCR-DVD405 does have quite a bit to offer. If you are looking for a solid, reliable camcorder and do not care too much about small details, the DCR-DVD405 may be the perfect fit for you. For new camcorder buyers the DCR-DVD405 is most definitely recommended for its reasonable price tag, Sony quality, and high quality video performance.

If you are shopping for the DCR-DVD405 make sure that you do not get it mixed up with the DCR-DVD505. They are similar models, but the DCR-DVD405 is not quite as advanced as its big brother. With the DCR-DVD405 you get a 3 megapixel CCD in addition to a 2.7 inch display. When compared with the DCR-DVD505 this seems like old technology, but when looked at as a stand alone it is not all that bad.

The biggest benefit of the DCR-DVD405 is the video quality. Not only are the pictures sharp, but color stays pretty much true to form in both low and bright light situations. Another benefit of this model is the Dolby surround sound recording. This is a feature that the competition skimps on, but one where Sony shines.

To go along with the benefits there are some drawbacks of the DCR-DVD405 as well. First and foremost, there is no video light which can in turn lead to grainy quality in low light situations. Additionally, the LCD screen is a bit too small for easy touch screen operation. This is something that you will have to get used to if you purchase the DCR-DVD405.

Overall, the Sony DCR-DVD405 is a solid performer with many benefits that outweigh the drawbacks.

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