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Sony DCR-DVD 203

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative about the battery, while there are some mixed reviews about the design.

usability, image quality, portability, size, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD 203 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability and design. The image quality and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, image quality, design, portability

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]Sony DCR-DVD203E Handycam DVD Camcorder [1Mp, 12x Optical, 2.7" Wide Hybrid LCD]

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-DVD 203


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD 203 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the zoom and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the design.

usability, portability, image quality, size, zoom


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-DVD203 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Sony DCR-DVD203 is this year's mid-level DVD camcorder offering from Sony. While we loved almost everything about its more advanced sibling, the DCR-DVD403, the wunderkind genes were not passed down the line. With disappointing video performance in...

LCD, -Ease of Use, -Automatic Control, -Zoom Toggle

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Manual Control

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Nick Hyacinthe (

Sony DCR-DVD203 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony DVD Camcorders


Sony has introduced the DCR-DVD203 to the world, at CES this year. The camcorder is outfitted with a Carl Zeiss 12x optical zoom and a 1.07 mega pixel still capability, both advancements from last year's model, the DCR-DVD201. For this model, Sony has...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD203 DVD Camcorder features a built-in 4-channel microphone / 12x Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens / 480x Digital Zoom / Full Range Auto/Manual Focus System / Auto Manual Exposure and more. The 2.7 LCD screen swivels and adjusts to optimize...

Good build quality, picture and night vision

Software problems

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203E


A light and easy to use camcorder. Taking stills is great. Overall the product delivers in terms of video recording.

The editing software is not as easy as it looks. Subsequently I use my Mac for editing but sony is not compatible with Mac. The only way around this is to use Prism Convertor on a PC, copy to disc and re import into Mac to get video files for editing....

Oct, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203E


Reviewer left no comment

Software support is very limited, and not easy to configure. I have great difficulty in getting my .mpg files recognised and edited into a final-cut movie

May, 2010

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203E


Small,compact, easy to use, with clear instructions

none to mind as yet

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203E


Ease of use. Excellent picture straight on to DVD.

Battery given with product has very short life between charges so had to purchase longer life one. Disc can only take 30 mins per side.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD203E


small compact easy to use love the touch screen, USB connection and using pinicle software makes great DVD's

included software is limited. Need to make windows see camcorder as a storage, like a USB hard drive, so you can get images off of it easily.

Feb, 2006

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Sony DCR-DVD203E


Lightweight, easy to use, looks amazing

Cant put the disk directly into the dvd player which I thought you could do

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (

Great camcorder


The Sony DCR DVD203 is an easy to use DVD camcorder. Excellent movie picture quality. The still pics are good also. The DVDs are 8...

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

Watch your home movies come to life like never before with the DCR-DVD203 DVD Handycam camcorder from Sony. Enjoy the extra large 2.7" wide LCD screen, which swivels and adjusts to optimize the viewing angle for easy recording. Not only can you record digital video, but you can also capture quality digital still images at up to 1 Megapixel. It is even capable of recording surround sound audio (an optional surround sound microphone is required), so you can capture big sound to match its big picture. Fully equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you can capture professional quality digital video and images with enhanced color and clarity. The 12X optical zoom brings the action close with minimized distortion. The Super NightShot Plus infrared system lets you record in low light conditions. As with all of Sony's DVD Handycam camcorders, you can conveniently record directly to DVD.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:7
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:123200

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

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:480
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 36
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:3mm
Optical Zoom:12
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)

Other features

Fader:Black, White, Overlap, Wipe
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, S-Video In/Out, Video In/Out, USB
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500

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

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.7