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Brand: Sony
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Capture powerful sound and sharp images direct to DVD with the DCR-DVD505 Handycam camcorder. Built for serious recording, the DCR-DVD505 comes with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens for creating superior quality images. Featuring high-resolution imaging with 2.1 Megapixel CLEARVID CMOS Sensor, you can take not only sharp digital video, but also detailed digital still photographs. You can record Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel surround sound with the built-in microphone to make watching your movies like a visit to the theater.

Other features include and Super NightShot Infrared System to help record in low light situations. See the bigger picture with the 3.5-inch wide SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel capabilities. Best of all, you capture digital videos directly to DVD for the ultimate in recording convenience.

2.1 Megapixel (Gross) ClearVID CMOS Sensor - 1/3-inch CLEARVID CMOS Sensor with 1910K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos and digital still (3980K) photography performance.

3.5-inch Wide Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (211K Pixels) - The 3.5-inch Wide (16:9) LCD screen2 provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The high resolution 211K pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback, and the widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Smooth Slow Recording - By increasing the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps) to 240 fps for 3 seconds allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is great for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight.

10X Optical/120X Digital Zoom - The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, the Digital Zoom interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens - Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The additional T* coating on the lens further reduces unwanted glare and flare.

Active Interface Shoe - Provides a location directly on the camcorder to which to add optional accessories while providing power and two-way communication to those accessories.

Battery Information - At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. The display will show how much the battery is charged (approximately), in 10% increments and the recordable time left when using the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.

Digital Still Memory Mode with Memory Stick Duo Media - Capture still images up to 2304x1728 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo Media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices.

Dolby Digital 5.1ch Recording - The DCR-DVD505 will record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with a built-in microphone. By recording in 5.1 channel surround sound you can now experience your home movies with active sounds coming from all directions. Enjoy your personal home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

DVD Format Video Recording - The DVD recording format delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of MiniDV, but on DVD. Playback of the DVDs couldn?t be simpler. After finalizing the disc in the camcorder, the disc can play back in most DVD Players, computers and even PlayStation 2 video game consoles.

DVD-R/RW and +RW Compatible - The DCR-DVD505 is compatible with a variety of DVD formats allowing the easy of use and simplicity found in DVD Media. With DVD+RW media there is not a need to finalize the disc (minimum recording required). Simply remove the disc and insert the media into a compatible DVD Player3.

Easy Handycam Button - Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people, so with a press of the Easy Handycam button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are locked out leaving only the buttons essential for recording operational.

Manual Focus - Allows the user to manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder?s auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.

Super NightShot Infrared System - With Sony?s NightShot Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 20 feet away using the built-in infrared system.

On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons - For addition control of the camcorder, the DCR-DVD505 features Zoom and Record buttons on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows the user more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

One Touch Wide Angle Shooting - Easily Switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios for shooting, with just the touch of a button.

Picture Effects - Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony?s Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in camera and playback modes: Sepia, Monotone, Pastel and Mosaic.

Picture Package Software - Easily organize still images/video content, and turn them into stunning music videos using the supplied software.

Program AE (Auto Exposure) Modes - Program AE modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight or Sunset & Moon modes.

Progressive Shutter System - A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.

Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization System - An advanced version of Sony?s SteadyShot system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilization systems.

Fader Effects - Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black, Overlap, White and Wipe.

InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System - Charge the battery at anytime because unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony?s rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening memory effect. Sony?s exclusive AccuPower meter displays the approximate battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen when used with compatible Sony Batteries.

USB 2.0 Interface - Provides an easy way to connect your DVD Handycam Camcorder to the computer for fast transfer of video and still images to your computer for editing. The camcorder can also be used as an external DVD burner, convenient for making copies of your DVDs or burning edited movies.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.7 stars
(based on 3 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Great features(3), Great picture quality(3), Simple controls(3)
Describe Yourself:
Casual user(3)
 
Great bang for the buck.
By Diva'sMommaVerified Reviewer from Michigan Center, MI on 11/9/2007
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile
Best Uses:
Casual Use, Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-DVD505 DVD Handycam Camcorder:

Searched for awhile for a DVD Camcorder...chose the 505 and couldn't of made a better choice! I love it, I love it's simplicity and it's durablity. Both picture and sound quality is excellent, not to mention it also takes still photos...that can be stored on a Disc or a memory card. So when traveling you don't have to take both a camcorder and a digital camera, this is both all wrapped up into one. Also the price was pretty good...I paid a couple of hundred for mine brand new. I was able to register it with Sony online...quick and easy, and Sony was great...sent me a free blue tooth wireless mic. I also love that it's lightweight and easy to hold.

 
The best camcorder for amateur...
By amaralVerified Reviewer from Santa Barbara on 10/17/2007
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Pros:
Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Cons:
Nothing
Best Uses:
Family, Movies/Short Films, Special Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-DVD505 DVD Handycam Camcorder:

Make it yours new acessory...

 
Great Camcorder
By Matt GVerified Reviewer from New York, NY on 3/26/2007
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Pros:
Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls
Cons:
Complicated To Operate
Best Uses:
Home, Travel
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony DCR-DVD505 DVD Handycam Camcorder:

I really enjoy using this product. It has great sound, picture, and features. The only negative is it is hard to convert DVD in camcorder to playable Home DVDs. There are alot of steps and it is very time consuming

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