Sony DSR-PD170 reviews: MiniDV storage SD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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Score 9.0/10
Good points:
as this is my first semi-pro camera i am very pleased with the all round performance, even down to the eye piece is a good size so that i can wear glasses while filming.
Bad points:
only bad points are the "end search" buttons are too close to the handle, kept catching as i moved hand, and mics recording level on auto are a bit low, have not tried using manual settings yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Apr 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality SD
Media format MiniDV
Digital zoom ratio 48
Weight (g) 1500
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Type of chip CCD
Release date 2005-07-11

Also known as: DSR-PD170P, Sony DSR-PD170P

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Manufacturer's Description

Effective communication requires sharp focus and uncompromising professionalism. The DSR-PD170P digital camcorder was developed for professional needs. From college campus to large-scale enterprises, the rush is on to leverage the power of the “new media" because there’s no time to lose.

The DSR-PD170P combines the latest technology: DVCAM record and playback, state-of-the-art 1/3-inch CCDs, PC-based editing, professional sound and built-in special effects. Add to that surprising ease of operation at an unexpectedly low cost and seamless compatibility with a host of other Sony products, and your multimedia, video-streaming or documentary-style messages are a lot closer to realisation than you would have thought possible.

Picture quality & reliability are two of the key features that helped make the DSR-PD150P such a phenominal success – widely regarded as the de-facto standard for professional 3CCD compact camcorders since its launch in 2000. The new DSR-PD170P builds on this success with improved video-audio performance, as well as a host of ergonomic and operational improvements – specially developed in response to customer requests.

Added and Improved Functions on DSR-PD170P (compared to earlier DSR-PD150P).

  • Improved minimum illumination
  • Improved audio quality for manual recording
  • On-handle zoom lever and Rec start/stop button
  • Larger handle size
  • Larger viewfinder
  • Hybrid LCD panel
  • More precise Iris control
  • Supplied wide conversion lens and new lens hood
  • Supplied hood with built-in lens cap
  • Simultaneous turn on of LCD panel and viewfinder
  • i.LINK cable strap
  • New body colour and new design for zoom / focus rings.

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