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Sony DVD Video Cameras

Video cameras that record and write straight to DVD might not be the latest tech, but certainly have their charm. Creating a permanent digital copy on a mini-DVD can still be quite practical, and the video recording format is still in active use. If you've decided to go for a Sony DVD video camera, there are a few considerations you have to make related to optics, display and additional functionality.

Video Quality and Optics

Most DVD video cameras record in MPEG-2 format, so that the recording can be played straight to a DVD player. This setting will allow you round 20 minutes of record time before you need to switch DVDs, or you can lower the video quality and get about an hour worth of recording. Since you get significantly less recording time compared to Sony SD video cameras, focus on the quality of the recording itself by choosing good optics. Models with greater optical zoom and optical stabilisation can create a very sharp professional-looking video. Good optics and optical stabilisation come in handy even if you decide to use the Sony DVD video camera to shoot pictures.


The digital display is also quite important on any video camera. Since all recordings are burned straight to disk, having a large display and a good view of what you are recording is crucial. The display is also very useful for reviewing the recording if you do not have another device that reads DVDs nearby. You should also look for a display that can flip to face the other way if you plan on recording yourself and creating a podcast.


Additional features that are frequently used include the video out and the remote control. If you wish to play the recording on a TV straight from the Sony camera, look for models with a video out port. The remote might come in handy in both recording and preview. You can the remote use to control playback or to start, pause and stop recording without accessing the camera's panel.

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