Not dead yet: Sony rolls out two DVD-based Handycams

For fans of the 3-inch DVD, Sony announced two new DVD-based camcorders at CES 2009 on Wednesday. However, one has a little bit of extra flash to offer users.

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I'm sure there are still people out there that want to record standard-definition video directly to DVD. Sony, however, has made its latest DVD Handycams sort of bridge products between the past and present.

The DCR-DVD850 (available in February for about $430) is a new "Hybrid Plus" model able to record video to 3-inch DVDs, Memory Stick flash media, or its 16GB of internal memory. (Presumably you'd also be able to move video off the flash memory to disc as well.)

The unit also carries a 60x optical Carl Zeiss Vaio-Tessar zoom with Super SteadyShot stabilization, 2.7-inch touch-screen LCD, and the ability to record audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound with its built-in zoom microphone.

The DCR-DVD650 loses the 16GB of internal memory, but in return you save $130 and all else seems to stay the same. It also shows up in February.

Read the full CNET Review

Sony DCR-DVD650

The Bottom Line: The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 offers an all-in-one, on-the-go way to capture standard-def video and burn it to a DVD, but hard-disk-drive and flash-memory models are otherwise a better option. / Read full review

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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