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Sony DCR-DVD306 / DVD306E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD306 / DVD306E. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the memory and zoom.

usability, image quality, portability, price, design

reliability, zoom, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD306 / DVD306E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD306 / DVD306E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the battery and price. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the zoom and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, battery

reliability, zoom

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD306 Handycam DVD CamcorderSony DCR-DVD306 Handycam DVD Camcorder

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Mar, 2008

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In my (limited) experience of camcorders, this is easy to use, a good size and weight and straightforward, good quality play back.

Mar, 2008

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Lightweight and easy to hold (I have severe arthritis so these were major considerations in my decision)

Disc doesn't seem to hold 30 minutes recording on standard. I'm a novice at this - it's my first camcorder - and I expect it's probably down to human ignorance. ask me when I've had more time to experiment!

Feb, 2008

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Light weight and very easy to use.

Would benefit if it came with the small discs to record on.

Jan, 2008

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The camcorder is so easy to use, even my grandmother figured it out without reading the booklet. So little and compact, love the way it records straight onto dvd!

The pictures it takes could be better quality

Jan, 2008

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can be used at a basic level as well as at more experienced level so all round good camera

the user manual can look a bit off putting!!

Dec, 2007

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it is sony quality


Dec, 2007

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easy to use, easy to transfer to pc

battery needs charging frequently

Oct, 2007

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Goos help and guidance on screen. Easy to use.

Was not aware that I need a memory card for still photos. Not sure how long the screen will last since all instructions go via touch screen - only time will tell.

Sep, 2007

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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD306E : Easy Recording


The Sony DCR-DVD306E is a camcorder, it is a decent model that has many features and offers good picture and sound quality as well as a decent battery life. If you've been looking for a camcorder that can record onto DVD's your search is over as this...

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications

The DVD306E is an easy to use 1 Megapixel DVD Handycam with Carl Zeiss lens, compact design, powerful 25x optical zoom, a 2.7" widescreen touch panel LCD screen and 5.1 channel surround sound creator.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:4

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 62.5
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Fader:Black / White
I/O ports:Audio Out\nVideo Out\nUSB 2.0
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+RW (8cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :8.9