I ended up borrowing a friend's camcorder and all of my tapes played just fine. Therefore
Siddhartha Mitra, Amazon
27 December 2014
Summary: The camera did not work properly. All the tapes played, including the one that was left in the camcorder by the seller, skipped upon playing. I ended up borrowing a friend's camcorder and all of my tapes played just fine. Therefore, I have to conclude this particular camcorder was defective.
Picture isn't very sharp, there are better options
13 July 2005
Summary: After returning a defective Sony Handycam (audio playback was broken), we opted for the Canon because it had a good combination of features and price. We especially liked the built-in ability to convert from our old analog video cameras.
Summary: I bought this and owned it for two days. Its a decent MiniDV but you can do better at this price! Noise was a major issue. The motor is just loud and it gets picked up in quiet scenes pretty bad. Other than that the video recorded was of real good quality.