Excerpt: Sony’s DCR-DVD101 is the manufacturer's lower-tier offering to the DVD camcorder market this year. It ships with a 1/6-inch CCD with 680K gross pixels and a 10x optical zoom. While the DCR-DVD101 shares much with its fellows in the DVD camcorder racket as far as manual control and portage is concerned, what really separates the DCR-DVD101 from the competition is its terrible low light performance.
Pros: - Hot accessory, - Convenience
Cons: - Low light performance, - Lack of still media
Conclusion: Not intended for enthusiasts or bargain hunters, the DCR-DVD101 is geared more toward the occasional user. The DVD format is convenient, but if what you want is point-and-shoot simplicity and the DVD format's ease of playback—and budget is of no concern—you may want head straight for the more powerful DCR-DVD201 instead.
Pros: Convenience of the DVD format. Intelligent hot shoe lets you add a flash.
Cons: Poor video quality. Still images are small and of poor quality. No memory-card support; expensive.