Sony DCR-DVD450E reviews: Hard disk drive storage SD camcorder

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7.8 out of 10 based on 13 reviews.
Sony DCR-DVD450E: Horizontally held, 60x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick card. See full product description

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Ed, Sutton Keen amateur

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
No remote control with it, so when you want to review the film you have to be on your hands and knees in front of the tv instead of being with family and friends.
Long range shots are unstaedy.
No special effects for film making.
The front of camera very plasticy and bits fall off.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 4.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 3.0
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Review date: 30 Jan 2010

Tony, Lincoln Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light weight and has a view finder which was an important factor for me. Manufacturers have dropped viewfinders apart from on high end models. Records onto internal memory or Memory Stick. Easy to download onto a computer.
Bad points:
Don't buy if you want decent quality stills. Only of use in an emergency. Quality of Video not quite as good as my old JVC Mini DV recorder but a lot more versatile. Excellent zoom.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2010

Kestutis, London Just point and shoot

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Poor image qoality
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Image quality 1.0
Battery life 1.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 1.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Review date: 22 Jan 2010

Tony, Alanya, Turkey Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use in auto mode but with manual settings available.
Bad points:
Battery life could be better.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 16 Feb 2010

John, Ryde, I.O.W. Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use with clear instructions.
Bad points:
Cant think of any.!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Nov 2009

Ursula, Fetcham, Leatherhead Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I am very pleased with this product so far.
Bad points:
There are no bad points
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Review date: 03 May 2010

Gary, Wrexham Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great form factor, easy to use and lightwweight
Bad points:
DVD storage size is a limitation
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 02 Feb 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 60
Media format Hard disk drive
Media format DVD
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 2000
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3500
Weight (g) 390
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 6
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 44
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 2640
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2009-03-02

Also known as: DCR-DVD450, SONY DCRDVD450, DCRDVD450E, DCR-DVD450E

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Manufacturer's Description

Simple operation with ultra-high zoom

Simple shooting and playback on DVD with powerful 60x optical zoom. Hybrid plus recording on 16GB internal memory extends shooting time. 5.1 surround sound and SteadyShot image stabilization.

Get closer than you’ve ever been before

It’s like packing a telescope with your camcorder. This incredible 60x zoom range makes sure that distant subjects fill the frame. You’ve never seen such amazing, detail-packed close-ups.

Sound all around

Surround sound adds an extra dimension of realism to your videos, just like at the cinema. 5.1 channel recording captures crisp, lifelike audio that sounds great on your home theatre system. Best of all, you don’t need extra microphones or cables: everything’s built in to the camcorder.

Find your footage

With hours of footage stored on your camcorder, it can be hard tracking down a particular scene. Face Index helps you find shots containing faces in an instant. Film Roll Index cuts longer recordings into shorter ‘chapters’, making it quicker and easier to find the right moment.

Ready for anything

Everyone knows the frustration of fumbling for your camcorder when something amazing happens… And then it’s too late. Flip open the LCD screen and you’re ready to start shooting in a fraction of a second. Standby battery drain is super-low, so you can always be ready to catch that special moment.

Have more fun with your video collection

It’s easy to manage your video clips and photos with Picture Motion Browser for your PC – included free with your camcorder. Sort, search and browse through all your clips and photos in an instant. Burn them to disc, email to friends or upload to social networking sites with a few clicks.


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