Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 Review


This budget full-size camcorder lets you close in on the action with a 60X optical zoom, the most of any camcorder we reviewed. The DXCR-DVD650 also features image stabilization and records video directly to DVD, but also includes a slot for Sony's Memory Stick flash media. Users find this inexpensive camcorder easy to use, although it doesn't record video in high definition.

Most users who've tried this full-size model consider it a good deal. Users posting Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650reviews at Walmart praise its ease of use and array of features, including a strong optical zoom. We did notice in Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 reviews that a couple of users would like a longer battery life (expect the battery to last for about 80 minutes of continuous shooting), but by and larger users indicate they are quite pleased with it.

The DCR-DVD650 (starting at $249, Amazon), like the Canon FS200, doesn't record in high-def but does record good-quality standard definition video. Unlike most budget camcorders, the DCR-DVD650 records video to DVD, which is an inexpensive storage option that's easy to use. You can also record video to a Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo. One of the DCR-DVD650's most compelling features is its excellent 60X optical zoom. It also features a 2.7-inch LCD, and unlike the Canon FS200, it comes with image stabilization.

The Sony DCR-DVD650's features are pretty impressive for a camcorder in this price range. Users who want more options than pocket camcorders provide will definitely want to check this one out. Naturally, it would be nice if this camcorder could record high-definition video, but it's still a great bargain regardless.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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