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Sony DCR-DVD505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 reviews of Sony DCR-DVD505. 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. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good opinions, whereas there are mixed reviews on the color and durability. The connectivity and reliability get less positive reviews.

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price, zoom, memory, reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-DVD505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-DVD505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD505 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and color. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and zoom get less positive comments. There are mixed reviews on the size and image quality.

portability, usability, design, color, price

durability, zoom, reliability

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

Aug, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-DVD505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Sony DCR-DVD505 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. There are mixed opinions on the durability and zoom, while many are negative about the color and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

reliability, color

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony DCR-DVD505 review

 

A DVD-based camcorder that doesn't cut the video mustard

Burns straight to DVD ; Supports both and - formats ; 4MP still camera

Fast movement looks fizzy ; Lacklustre still images ; Average video quality ; Large and bulky

The footage is average and DVD's promise of convenience is a bit of an empty one

Feb, 2007

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony DCR-DVD505E review

 

The DCR-DVD505E's girth is due in part to its huge 3.5in widescreen LCD.

Sony's DCR-DVD505E is the largest and most expensive DVD camcorder. It's also the only one that uses a CMOS sensor instead of a CCD.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505 review

 

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505

Better-than-average video quality; excellent, large LCD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; innovative wireless microphone accessory; decent still photos.

No video light; occasional compression artifacts still noticeable; poor battery life; slightly grainy low-light video.

Full-featured but somewhat bulky, the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505 DVD camcorder matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Which? (which.co.uk)

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Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-DVD505 Handycam Camcorder

 

Great video quality. Very good sound. Excellent 3.5-inch-wide touch panel. Articulating LCD. Pivoting viewfinder.

Although it's not perfect, the Sony DCR-DVD505 miniDVD camcorder's strengths make it a shoo-in for Editors' Choice.

Jun, 2006

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-DVD505

 

Excellent video quality and strong performance make the Sony DCR-DVD505 Handycam Camcorder a winner.

Great video quality. Very good sound. Excellent 3.5-inch-wide touch panel. Articulating LCD. Pivoting viewfinder.

Still capabilities could be better. Expensive. ; Watch the Sony DCR-DVD505 Video Review!

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Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Image quality

 

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505

Better-than-average video quality; excellent, large LCD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; innovative wireless microphone accessory; decent still photos.

No video light; occasional compression artifacts still noticeable; poor battery life; slightly grainy low-light video.

Full-featured but somewhat bulky, the Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505 DVD camcorder matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The DVD505 ($1100 MSRP) is Sony's top of the line DVD camcorder this year. Leaving MiniDV behind, it has been the recipient of most of Sony's R&D in the consumer division. This goes above and beyond replacing last year's popular DVD403, and features a...

Easy Mode for beginning shooters, -Still image resolution sizes, -Improved overall color accuracy, -Immense 3.5 inch LCD makes touchscreen navigation actually feasible

High compression rates for DVD format mean worse video quality, -Loss of sharpness compared to its predecessor, -Minimal manual control options will limit advanced users, -Exporting and editing footage is a nightmare for the beginner

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-DVD505 Camcorder Review

 

The DVD camcorder has grown by bounds in the last few years, and few have been so highly anticipated as the DCR-DVD505 from Sony. This was their premiere camcorder at CES, and barring the upcoming HDR-HC3, it has more new technology and hype than any...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Andrew Burke (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-DVD505 DVD Camcorder

 

If you're a casual shooter looking to do minimal editing, the Sony DCR-DVD505 may end up in your travel bag. The DVD505 boasts widescreen DVD video recording with its CMOS sensor, while capturing Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound via the built-in mic....

Ease of use Generous wide LCD Visual 5.1 surround sound monitoring

No headphone jack Can't transfer clips directly from disc to edit

The Sony DCR-DVD505 provides the picture and sound worthy of a President Cleveland (or ten Benjamins.)

Aug, 2006