Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam Camcorder
Specifications: There are many of us who still love to watch our home videos on DVDs and fortunately, there are still a handful of camcorders in the market that records videos straight into DVDs. The Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam camcorder does just that and also have the option of recording to a flash card or its 16GB internal memory. This model comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 2000x of digital zoom and 60x of optical zoom. It has a 2.7-inch rotating LCD display and ships with a AC adapter, battery pack, AV cable, USB cable and its application software.
Design: The Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam camcorder measures at 2.2 x 5.1 x 3.5 inches and weighs at just 13.8 ounces. Although it is still quite portable, it is a little bulkier than other camcorders. This is due to the fact that it has to accommodate a DVD in it. For a DVD camcorder, it is pretty compact. It sport Sony’s signature design features, with rounded curves, and decorated by shades of black, silver and gray.
Features & Performance: One of my favorite features on the Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam camcorder is the old fashioned ‘optical viewfinder’ that is quite uncommon in camcorders nowadays. When you are low on battery. The ‘optical viewfinder’ lets you shoot videos without using the LCD display. The camera is automatically switched on when you flip out the LCD screen and it comes with a zoom microphone.
The zoom microphone automatically focuses on the subjects that you are shooting, minimizing the effects of background noises. The quality of the videos at night could be improved (but maybe I haven’t found the right settings yet), the those taken under regular lighting conditions were very clear and sharp. At the time of writing, the Sony DCR-DVD650 DVD Handycam camcorder is price at around $280 each, which is quite reasonable. As far as DVD camcorders go, it is currently one of the best in the market.