Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2, Buying a camcorder? LOOK NO FURTHER!

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Sony have not been able to supply further dvd-r or dvd-rw discs. Therefore you are restricted to the capacity of the disc supplied with the camcorder. The software supporting the connection of the camcorder to the computer does not work. No reply from technical support. The camcorder is great but the administravtive backup is poor.

What a nifty little thing this is. Small enough to fit in your pocket, but with all the power you need. The zeiss lens gives crystal clarity to both moving and still images and super nightshot plus picks up images, that can barely be seen with the naked eye, in complete blackness thanks to infrared technology. I have only one complaint, and that is the price and availability of the 8cm dvd-rw discs. I bought a 5-pack of tdk ones which are easier to get hold of, then i use the simple usb pc connection to burn to standard dvd-rs, so hopefully i should never need more than those 5. The supplied editing software is also pretty good. Shame it doesn’t have a built-in zoom mic, but the ecm hs1 doesn’t cost the earth, so that’ll be my next purchase. I’m not, i’m just one extremely happy owner.

Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel

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  • 8cm DVD-R/R/W recording
  • 1.0 megapixel CCD
  • 16:9 True Widescreen recording
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens
  • 2.5″ Hybrid LCD monitor
  • Colour viewfinder
  • Super SteadyShot
  • NightShot Plus
  • 10 x optical (120 x digital zoom)
  • M series InfoLITHIUM
  • USB 2.0
  • Analogue input
  • Battery Info
  • Start/stop button on LCD frame
  • Multi-selector operation

This little gem is small, light and simple to use. My local sony centre supplied me with a couple of mini dvd-rw’s (none available on line) and off i went. The zoom is incredible with the assistance of super still shot. The still picture mode does require a steady hand though as still shot does not appear to be available when taking still photo’s. Hooking the 201 up to a computer was simple with the step by step guide. (simple that is, once i realised the camera needed to be in ‘play back’ mode before the computer could pick it up)the night shot facility is clever enough to eak out the last remnants of natural light before it looses colours and fades to black and white. Even at this point, sony have fitted super night shot plus that attempts to create colours when filming in the darkest of conditions. This is clever but cannot run steady shot mode simultaneously.

Thats exactly how i came into the world of camcorders. Having crossed the rubicon and purchased a sony digital camera earlier in the year, i felt it was time to do the same, and treat myself to a digital camcorder. I knew i wanted a sony, i’d always trusted the make, and friends who were more technically adept than me recommended them. But i went into this, as the title suggests, totally and utterly naive to this medium. Didn’t even know the difference between a dvd-rw and a dvd-r, so if you’re coming at the topic from this perspective read onso. Ignore that, go straight to the main event.

. I just wanted to say that this cam rocks and if ur thinking of buying a dvd cam this is what you realy need of price and value.

Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel : Small, perfect picture, easy to use. I like the fact that you can put in a disk, record a bit of fun or something else and then just play it pack via the dvd player (avoiding the hassle of plugging in cables to the tv). The kids love it small size and also great stills capability.

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Excellent quality image, some drawbacks. The image quality on playback in a dvd player is excellent. However their are some draw backs. The discs cost a fortune (you cannot use standard dvd-r discs). In hq mode the disc lasts 20mins but the quality is exceptional even on a large screen tv. At standard/short play a disc (1. The quality is still excellent and this is the recommended setting. Long play mode gives you a full hour from a disc but the reduction in quality is noticeable and you get the kind of quality you’d expect from a good analogue camcorder. Battery life is another issue as the supplied battery lasts about 2 discs of normal use.
Excellent quality image, some drawbacks. The image quality on playback in a dvd player is excellent. However their are some draw backs. The discs cost a fortune (you cannot use standard dvd-r discs). In hq mode the disc lasts 20mins but the quality is exceptional even on a large screen tv. At standard/short play a disc (1. The quality is still excellent and this is the recommended setting. Long play mode gives you a full hour from a disc but the reduction in quality is noticeable and you get the kind of quality you’d expect from a good analogue camcorder. Battery life is another issue as the supplied battery lasts about 2 discs of normal use.

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Great camera-pity about the software. I debated whether to give this camera 1* or5*. I have 30 years experience of photography and the handycam is at the very top of the amateur range. The ziess lens is crystal clear with no visible aberrations. Focussing is so quick as to be almost undetectable. It’s small enough to carry unobtrusively, designed to fit easily into the hand and is solidly made. The 120x magnification offered is a bit optimistic, as picture quality deteriorates very rapidly on approaching maximum magnification. (then, we are looking at terrestrial telescope magnification. ) image quality in low light is superb. Nightshot works at a limited range in very low light conditions, and supernightshot will work in total darkness but at only a few frames per second.
Great camera-pity about the software. I debated whether to give this camera 1* or5*. I have 30 years experience of photography and the handycam is at the very top of the amateur range. The ziess lens is crystal clear with no visible aberrations. Focussing is so quick as to be almost undetectable. It’s small enough to carry unobtrusively, designed to fit easily into the hand and is solidly made. The 120x magnification offered is a bit optimistic, as picture quality deteriorates very rapidly on approaching maximum magnification. (then, we are looking at terrestrial telescope magnification. ) image quality in low light is superb. Nightshot works at a limited range in very low light conditions, and supernightshot will work in total darkness but at only a few frames per second.

This review is from : Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel

It looks stylish, and it gets the job done. Easy to use, even for a beginner, it can also shoot photographs as well as high-quality movies. It also has 2 great nightshot modes (invaluable for shooting at night) and a fully rotatable lcd monitor. Also, the camera can zoom up to 120 times. However, the instruction booklet tends to go on , and the video-making software isn’t very detailed, but it does get the job done. Still, this is a great little package: why would you need a different camcorder for home movies?.It has everything you need to develop quality movies.
It looks stylish, and it gets the job done. Easy to use, even for a beginner, it can also shoot photographs as well as high-quality movies. It also has 2 great nightshot modes (invaluable for shooting at night) and a fully rotatable lcd monitor. Also, the camera can zoom up to 120 times. However, the instruction booklet tends to go on , and the video-making software isn’t very detailed, but it does get the job done. Still, this is a great little package: why would you need a different camcorder for home movies?.It has everything you need to develop quality movies.
This is a brilliant piece of kit and with the free case promo (make sure you use the promo code) this is a great deal. It’s small, compact, light weight and realy easy to use. The 120x zoom lens is incredible. The only down-side at the moment is that sony appear to have a backlog of orders for the rw dics and so there aren’t any around at the moment. There’s plenty of the r discs available but you’ll need at least one rw to get real effieciency out of this machine. I’m yet to link the machine up to my pc but you get everything you need including the software to able to do this. All in all, i’m glad i spent the extra cash for the 201 model.
This is a brilliant piece of kit and with the free case promo (make sure you use the promo code) this is a great deal. It’s small, compact, light weight and realy easy to use. The 120x zoom lens is incredible. The only down-side at the moment is that sony appear to have a backlog of orders for the rw dics and so there aren’t any around at the moment. There’s plenty of the r discs available but you’ll need at least one rw to get real effieciency out of this machine. I’m yet to link the machine up to my pc but you get everything you need including the software to able to do this. All in all, i’m glad i spent the extra cash for the 201 model.
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