Summary: I have owned the camcorder for a year. Firewire is becoming much less popular now, and this camcorder will not output video to the computer via USB. Using the camera is ok, but if I bought another, an external Mic would be essential. The quick-start is good, you don't have to wait for it to wake back up from standby.
good but misleading - you need more than just this camcorder
D. Jordan, Amazon
19 December 2007
Summary: If you're buying this MD160 camcorder as an entry level machine for the start of your budding filmmaking career, it can be a bit misleading. This is my first camcorder and after much research of price and formats (harddrive/DVD/miniDV) I settled for this as good value for money, one of the best features not listed on many is the ability to transfer back to a tape in the camcorder once you're done.
cannot download video without a firewire connection
A. Field "on the farm", Amazon
1 November 2007
Summary: Is it just me then that didn't realise this!? I've had a sony dv camcorder for a number of years but when it went wrong, I decided to change to this highly recommended camcorder.I read all the reviews and it sounded great BUT when I tried to download my first tape using the included usb cable-nothing. Tried my sony firewire cable connected my sony laptop-bingo. But my laptop has too small a screen to edit movies.
Summary: Frikkin A is all i can say ,just superb in every way. Initially bought a Sony like because of the name i guess and a previous fantastic camcorder they made but wait, the latest ones are useless compared to this machine very very recommended don`t get the Sony DCR-HC45 £200 camcorder what ever you do, it sucks and had to send it back well not up to the job or just plain faulty i don`t know . By the way can`t beat Amazon for Customer Services very professional THANKS!
Summary: Having had this camcorder for a few weeks now and experimented with its various functions (including still photos), I can honestly say that I am completely happy with it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. I agree with all the comments posted about it so far, other than that as a first time camcorder user I have found it very easy to get to grips with.
Summary: Just received the camcorder today. Already tried filming and playback, plus still photo shot, connecting to telly and to iMovie HD on my Macbook. All worked a treat. Bought some DV tapes, 2GB SD card and Firewire 400 (4-pin to 6-pin) cable (DV output makes iMovie import better, I believe), as none of these come in the box. All plugged and slotted in to work first time.
Summary: I did not want to spend a lot, but wanted an up to date widescreen camcorder. I was happy to have tape and the DV format rather than a DVD or HD machine. After much scanning of available information I settled on the MD160 without having seen one anywhere. My previous camcorder is a hi8 Canon, over 10 years old and still going strong, but not widescreen. A relative has a new DVD Canon camcorder and I was impressed, except for trying to edit images off the DVD.
Summary: I will make this short and painless. The motor noise on this camera is so loud that it will ruin every movie you tape. Avoid this bad product. I won't even write about the picture quality since it really does not matter when the sound is utterly useless.
Summary: Good little camcorder but the high pitched motor noise is totally unacceptable. I made a three-minute trial video, then sent it back. I'm surprised that CNET's excellent reviews did not highlight this problem.
Excerpt: Hola, estaba viendo las los nuevos articulos de Ciao, y al mirar esta camara se me iso muy familiar, al ver el modelo, me di cuenta que era la misma que tenia un tio, y que yo usaba para grabar en todas las fiestas y eventos familiares, asi que les dare mi opinio de este articulo. Lo primero que resalta de esta camara es su diseño, pues es muy elegante y le da muy buena imagen, ademas es muy compacta y ligera, y eso ase muy facil su transporte, es una buena camara para...
Pros: Tamaño, facil manejo y se graba casi al instante
Cons: No le e encontrado ninguna desventas importantes