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Sony DCR-DVD404

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD404. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the durability and reliability.

usability, image quality, size, portability, design

battery, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD404 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD404 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design. The usability also gets good feedback, but some have doubts about the image quality.

usability, design

image quality

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-DVD404E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen)Sony DCR-DVD404E DVD Camcorder (3MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen)

Feb, 2019

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Jan, 2008

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Sony DCR-DVD404E


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The sound recording is questionable. when playing back a recording from outdoors it seems as there is a gale blowing. I have tried covering up the microphone with tape but no improvement. Apart from that everything elsein the use of the cameera is fine

Jul, 2010

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Sony DCR-DVD404E


Very easy to use. good pictures and a nice size/weight

Limited storage capacity (1hr), limited battery life (just over 1 hr), sometimes video contrast is too high.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


very easy to operate

not all discs will play on all dvd players

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


Ease of use appears very good on first trial

Have not found any yet

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


Excellent picture and sound quality. True widescreen recording. 5.1 surround sound.

Locattion of built in microphone - on top of camera facing upwards and therefore picks up every gust of wind when using outdoors.

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


Easy to use and excellent for still photography also, saves taking two items.

Software for transferring 8cm discs to 12cm discs, as it does not allow you to put more than one 8cm disc onto a 12cm disc.

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


easy for using

No pouch to carry,no option for USB ATACHMENT.

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


Excellent image quality. Easy to use.

Slow at taking snapshots in photo mode.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-DVD404E


It's a SONY

Nothing really.

Jul, 2006

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.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.5
Battery Type:NP-FP60 / NP-FP70
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP60

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight



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 lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):5.1 - 51
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.31Mpix/3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3" ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Fader:Black, White, Overlap, Wipe
Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:-Audio Out; \n-S-Video Out; \n-Video Out; / Audio In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB Terminal, Video In/Out\n
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Light exposure control:Portrait/Beach & Ski/Sports Lesson/Landscape/Spotlight/Sunset & Moon
Media types supported:DVD-R/-RW/+RW Video/VR HQ/SP/LP
Power requirements:AC-L25A/B

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Nero Express 6\n / Picture Package\n

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
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
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.3 / 14.3
Height :9 / 9.3
Weight:510 / 520
Width:6.2 / 6.6