I've been using copies this camera since 2003 and it's like an old buddy.
2 March 2012
Summary: A dinosaur but a nice dinosaur. If you are still shooting in standard def, this is a nice substantial camera with many features not on newer cameras at the same price, like headphone and external microphone jacks. The cassette deck is given to breaking and jamming. I've had several copies of this camera do that to me. Mini DV is old tech and you have to change the tape after an hour but if you can deal with that, this camera is OK.
Summary: A great camera for the price. Probably not the most practical camcorder, as it's an older model and pretty large. But if you are looking for one that records and plays the old school DV tapes, then I think this is a good choice.
Summary: I DID NOT LIKE USING A TAPE OVER THE SHIP. I HAD TO SPEND EXTRA MONEY IN TO BATTERY AND AL SO A NEW BATTERY AND CHIP. ALSO HAD TO BUY A TAPE FOR THE CAM RECORDER. I SPEND MORE THEN I SHOULD HAVE AND IT I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN I WOULD BUY NEW.