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.