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Sony DCR-DVD 202

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 202. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and durability. The portability and size are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the connectivity and zoom.

usability, size, portability, durability, image quality

battery, price, color, zoom, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 202 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 202


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 202 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the portability and durability are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the price. Some have doubts about the color and battery.

usability, size, durability, portability

battery, color

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Andy Shaw (

Sony HandyCam DVD202E


A digital video camera that records directly to DVD and removes your PC from the video-editing process

This isn't really a camera for the absolute beginner, but it would be a perfect upgrade for a videographer who finds themselves with shelves full of tapes they struggle to find the time to edit.

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Sony DCR-DVD202E


Easy to use and light weight

Battery life low

Jul, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


Size, weight, battery life, ability to record directly on DVD.

The DVDs do not have the wide screen bit set and can not be properly imported to my editing software. The camera also has no digital output so, at the end of the day is useless.

Nov, 2009

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


very easy to use, ideal camcorder for a beginner.

it would have been nice to get a carry case with it.

May, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


compact size

May, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


Easy to use, and light to carry,with a good viewer

We havent found any yet!

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


This is an easy to use camera, it even has an easy function...the fact that it records to disc is great as you can play these in an ordinary DVD Player, great for grandparents etc.

You just need to be careful which type of disc you use as some can be overwritten and some can not.

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


You can directly record on DVDs and no need of Firewire kit.

However it seems that this technology is still at very early stage where you can only record 30 minutes of video on whopping 1.4 GB disk. You would need vedio editing software as well to combine multiple DVDs movies into one.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


No lead or software to allow copying from another scource i.e. from a VCR to the camera

Nov, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD202E


Easy of viewing with small dvd disc on dvd player

No PC connectivity

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. PRODUCT FEATURES: 1.07 Megapixels Advanced HAD CCD; True 16: 9 widescreen mode; 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD; 5.1-channels Surround recording ready; Dual RW compatibility; Direct access to scenes and thumbnail index; Video and photo mode on the same media; 14 bit DXP; Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar; Super SteadyShot; 12x Optical Zoom / 480x Digital Zoom; Color Viewfinder; 4 Picture effects and 2 Digital picture effects; 6 Program AE; Super NightShot Plus; Intelligent Accessory Shoe; Battery Info; Stamina 5 hours (with optional battery).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.6 mm ( 1/5.5" ) / 4.6 mm ( 1/5.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:480
Faders:Black fader / Overlap fader / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic