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

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 8.8 x 13.6 cm ; 1.9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Item model number: DCR-DVD201E
  • ASIN: B00022LVFE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,640 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The DCR-DVD201 utilizes a 1.0 Megapixel CCD imager, delivering exceptional video and still images that all of your family and friends will enjoy. The DVD recording format delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of MiniDV, but on DVD--the disc plays back in compatible DVD Players, computers and even PlayStation 2 video game consoles.

1.0 Megapixel Advanced HAD CCD Imager: 1/5" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager with 690K effective video pixels provides excellent detail and clarity, for exceptional digital video (up to 520 lines of resolution) and still image performance. Realize great looking digital still images with 1,000K effective pixels.

Advanced HAD CCD Technology: Enhanced CCD design allow more light to reach the imager which reduces video noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6dB (2x better than a standard CCD). Particularly effective when shooting in dark situations.

10X Optical/120X Digital Zoom: The optical zoom helps to bring the action up close 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.

InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System: Charge the battery at any time 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 battery time remaining in minutes, in the viewfinder or the LCD screen.

Visual Index Screen: Shows thumbnail images of movies and still images when playing back on your camcorder or DVD player, making scene selection easier

Analogue Inputs: Record any analogue NTSC source to digital video via the analogue inputs. Perfect for archiving analogue tape recordings. This recorded video can then be edited on your computer.

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

Intelligent Accessory Shoe: Conveniently gives you the option of adding accessories such as lights, flashes and microphones to the camera, which can communicate with the camera and also draw power from the camera

Colour Viewfinder: Provides a clear, colour view of subjects and makes spotting and/or following subjects easier.

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 camera, the disc plays back in compatible DVD Players, computers and even PlayStation 2 video game consoles.

1.0 Megapixel Still Image Capture: With a maximum resolution of 1152 x 864, you can capture over 6,000 images on a single disc, plenty for any vacation or event.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: Carl Zeiss lens have an advanced optical multi-layer coating offering less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life colour saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

2.5" Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels): Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 123K pixel LCD rotates up to 270-degrees for multiple viewing angles, providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The Hybrid LCD Screen provides accurate viewing in sunlight or bright light, virtually eliminating the "wash-out" common with traditional LCD screens.

Burst Mode: Capture up to 4 images in 1152 x 864, or 12 images at 640 x 480 consecutively, perfect for capturing fast action.

Dolby Digital AC-3 (2-Channel) Stereo Audio Recording: An advanced form of Digital Audio recording, with sophisticated noise reduction technology, that provides outstanding, lifelike sound quality in any situation.

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.

USB 2.02 Interface: USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your DVD Digital Handycam camcorder to computers 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.

Super NightShot Plus Infrared System: An advanced version of Sony's NightShot Infrared system that allows users to record natural colour images in low-light conditions, but without the blurring common with other low-light recording systems.

Box Contains

  • DCR-DVD201e Camcorder
  • AC-L15A Power Adaptor/In Camera Charger
  • NP-FM50 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery
  • RMT-835 Wireless Remote Commander
  • CR2025 Battery
  • Special Stereo A/V+S Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Blank DVD-R Media
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM with USB Driver
  • Instruction manual


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.5 out of 5 stars
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    139 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sony DCR-DVD201 2 Jun 2004
    Top Camera! 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.
    Never again do i have to say 'Hang on, i need to wind the video on/back', as the camera always returns to the next available space automatically. With its clear picture and quality sound, I would recommend this camera to anyone.
    Delivery of the Camera and NP-QM71D extra life battery was very good (3 days!). The supplier 'DigiFocus' kept me informed of status at every stage after despatch.
    However i am still waiting for delivery of a fast charger! So far i have been waiting one month! Come on Amazon, chase your sub contractor suppliers, It's your name that gets tarnished!
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Filming For Dummies 19 May 2005
    By A Customer
    Verified Purchase
    Dummy. 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 on!
    So. big box arrives. Full of stuff. Ignore that, go straight to the main event. Beautifully crafted, small, aesthetically pleasing camcorder. Cautiously look for manual (usually written by geeks, for geeks)-easy to understand, fitting battery-no problem, turning it on (don't laugh!) -simple. Loading the DVD-RW and viewing the display, easy, simple menu system that talks you through it. Instruction manual continues to confound with its easy approach, although it would be nice if things were laid out in the order you'd look to do them-but a minor quibble.
    The CD's have to be formatted before you can use them. No idea why, seems pointless, but easy enough to do-took seconds and, again, clearly explained and accessed. So, literally 15-20 mins after opening the box, ready for a trial film, and out in the garden. SO easy to film, to zoom, to follow your subject. Using the LCD screen takes up more battery juice, but its so easy to use, forget the viewfinder! Seven minutes of outdoor film later, ready to view. You have to "formalize" the DVD first however, if you want to watch it on your DVD player or PC. But yet again, quick and easy to do.
    Wonderful results.
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    82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Browny points....... 23 July 2004
    By A Customer
    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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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buying a camcorder? LOOK NO FURTHER! 6 Jan 2005
    By A Customer
    I love this camcorder. 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! Buy, buy, buy! (And if the price is putting you off, go for the 101E, it's almost as good!)
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Perfection! 3 Dec 2004
    By A Customer
    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. Do I sound like a sales rep? I'm not, I'm just one extremely happy owner.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars DO Not buy this camcorder if you have Windows 7 as the supplied...
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    Hello every one....
    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.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Small, perfect picture, easy to use
    A great piece of kit. 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... Read more
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