18th Mar 2005

Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder

A noticeable upgrade over the DCR-DVD203, the DCR-DVD403 contains all the features found in the lesser model, along with a 3.3 Megapixel CCD, NP-FP70 Rechargeable Battery Pack (which sports a longer lasting charge than the NP-FP50 found in the DCR DVD203) and a built-in surround sound microphone that lets you record in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

The first 3 megapixel CCD model camcorder in Sony’s DVD Handycam history, the DCR-DVD403 provides both high resolution images and high quality surround sound. The DCR-DVD403′s 3.3 Megapixel CCD provides stunning detail and clarity. It also captures high-quality still images at 2016 x 1512 resolution.
Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder
The camcorder will record on to DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW DVD formats. In the DVD-RW format, users have the flexibility to do simple in camera editing. This includes the ability to erase the last video and re-shoot the desired scene. In addition, in VR (Video Recording) mode, users can design a playlist of video clips, rearrange the order of the scenes. and insert images for a more customized assembly.

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.

The 2.7″ Wide (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The high resolution 123K 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.

The rotating LCD screen lets you actually step away from the camcorder and continue to monitor the recording, or even get in on the action yourself. If you really want to keep a close eye on the scene, take advantage of the 123K pixel color viewfinder, which also provides a sharp, color view of your video subjects.

With the touch panel monitor, you no longer need worry about using a joystick or mess of buttons to access in-camera features and effects. The 2.7″ LCD Monitor is also large enough to allow you to switch between 16:9 and 4:3 modes when watching your videos in playback.

The 3.3 MegaPixel (Gross) 1/3″ Advanced HAD CCD imager of the DCRDVD403 can produce high-resolution still images that are great for use in your DVD productions, on the web, making your own photo-quality prints, and many other applications that call for high resolution.

This enhanced CCD design allows more light to reach the image, reducing video noise to improve the signal-to-noise ratio.

You also have the option of conserving disc space by capturing still images at 640 X 480 resolution, which is an ideal size for attaching to e-mails, for use as thumbnails, or in slide shows.

Thanks to the storage size of the DVD, you’re able to to capture thousands of still images. You can fit over 1,500 pictures on one disc in 2016 x 1512 resolution; or over 8,000 in 640 x 480 resolution.

The DCRDVD403 is the industry’s first DVD camcorder that will record in Dolby Digital 5.1 channel 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.

For additional control of the camcorder, the DCRDVD403 features Zoom and record buttons on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows you more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

With Sony’s Super NightShot you can capture video in total darkness from up to 20 feet away.

The Super NightShot 0 Lux recording mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. The Color Slow Shutter mode allows you to record in low light situations with full color detail by slowing down the shutter speed to give you the best color and detail possible.

If lighting up the scene won’t spoil the mood of the moment, you might consider picking up an optional video light (sold separately).

The Active Accessory Shoe enables you to add video lights and other intelligent accessories (like external microphones) to add even more performance to your DCRDVD403 Handycam system.

Super SteadyShot controls a higher range of shake and vibration frequencies to ensure your home videos are recorded with a high level of smoothness.

This advanced stabilization system uses motion sensors capable of controlling a higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to keep your videos as steady as possible, without sacrificing quality like lesser stabilization systems do.

In addition, Sony chose high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar optics for the DCRDVD403. This world renowned Zeiss lens uses advanced optical multi-layer coatings to provide increased contrast with less glare and flare. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

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