Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom : Five Stars

This is a great dvd camcorder. It is barely larger than my digital camera and weighs almost nothing. For those who don’t know yet, this dvd camcorder (and most recent ones) doesn’t use regular dvds but smaller ones instead, so the camcorder is not as bulky as one would think. Getting started was very easy. I literally watched my first dvd on tv one hour after opening the box. The internal software automagically creates a menu with chapters and all (all of it can be customized of course). Commands and options are all very straightforward and very few settings need to be changed in order to get started. Also, there is a fantastic zoom for a camcorder of this size. Only downside is the battery time.

What i like: this camcorder is lightweight, great for movies & pictures. I’ve taken it on vacations and it works great in all weather conditions, overly sunny, rainy, fog, snow, and heavy winds. It’s fair for indoor action as well. I’m the worst person for handling camcorders, i usually shake the picture making everyone dizzy. Using this camcorder, i’ve noticed there is less shake to my pictures. What i don’t like: the night shot is not good for low light, but it works fairly clearly in no light. The ‘easy’ button doesnt quite make things easier. There is not very much battery time, but it is offset by the fact that the tape only goes about 30 minutes.

Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 1/5.5-inch CCD imager with 690K resolution
  • Compatible with DVD-R/-RW/+RW formats
  • 12x optical zoom with SteadyShot picture-stabilization system
  • 2.7-inch hybrid SwivelScreen touch-panel LCD
  • Super NightShot Plus Infrared System captures natural-looking video in low light

Excellent seller excellent item i could’ve bought any camera but i wanted this one even though sony no longer makes this product. I would not hesitate to buy from this seller again.

I’ve purchased this camcorder a month ago and it was one of the best buys in my whole life. Movie quality is better than you could expect (at least beeing an amateur like me). Still quality is not so good. I saw digital images taken using a digital camera and colours are much vivid than dcr-dvd203 (remember you are purchasing a camcorder)easy to use: 10. I had never used a camcorder before and this camcorder is extremely easy to use. Even without using the ‘easy’ button. Pros: easy to use, good movie quality, 2. 7′ lcd, color viewfinder, touchscreen, supernightshot, dvd recording format. Cont: no manual functions, can’t record movies and take pictures at the same time, poor still quality in low light spaces, just 30′ to 45′ using the battery supplied.

This little thing is wonderful. It takes great shots and video. Nightshot makes it easy to tape in the dark as well. Very small and very easy to use, on screen display of settings makes it even easier to use. No small buttons to fool with. You can take video and pictures in sepia, black & white, pastel sketch, old movie and mosiac. Will also shoot across a basketball court making it look like you was out there with the players. And the software that came with it is amazing. You can add music and special affects to make awesome home movies.

Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : I have been very happy with this camera since we got it. The only potential negative would be battery life, although i don’t hvae much to compare it with. Picture quality and ease of use are great. And it has an easy button, which geuinely works.

Very compact and multi-functional. Love how it uses dvd rw discs.

The camera was just as advertised.

I found it very easy to use. The resolution is great for home use. The picture packge software worked as advertised, but when i shut the computer down, it hung with an error. According to the manufacturer of the software, they do not know if there is a conflict when using ms windows xp media center os. It worked fine with windows xp professional os.

It was compact, high quality and did just what i wanted.

I started recording video right out of the box. The camera’s features are pretty good but the video was a little grainy or too bright and it skipped some. I need to spend some more time learning how to use the camera properly. 2 disks worth of movies were unwatchable because i didn’t use the back light. After a few day’s of tinkering i found the ‘easy cam’ button. It seems to record much better now. It’s not a ‘right out of the box’ camera but i still like it and think i will like to more once i take the time to learn how to use it properly. I would like it better if i bought it at the amazon price but i was overseas and needed a camera fast. I paid twice amazon price so i guess i have higher expectations.

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Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4 / 5  stars, based on  14  reviews