Summary: Well this camera has allot to be desired Sony really screwed up on this model. It has been a headache. the buttons suck the whole camera is definably not a well thought out plan. I had a sony hi8 that got stolen and it was a great camera. this one does take video but getting the video to were ya want it is a pain. capturing the video from a dvd disk doesn't work out to well without the software and i got the camera without any software or a TV video cable just a USB.
Summary: I got this camera because I was being deployed to Iraq with the Army, and wanted a removable media that I can mail home and be played back without the device being there to plug in. That is the only good thing I have to say about it. The record time is poor, but accessing the disc on the device is like a digital camera without having to fast-forward and rewind. I guess there are two good things about it.
Summary: As a camcorder, I've found the DCR-201 works pretty well... both the picture and sound quality of recordings have been just fine, by and large. HOWEVER, I am frustrated beyond words at the fact that this piece of Sony equipment is not Mac compatible! My primary rationale in purchasing a Mini-DVD camcorder (as opposed to one using another format) was the idea that I could edit and make copies of film on my computer.
Summary: The technology is coming, but it is one of those items that you might want to wait a year to see what updates they can do. The current Camera/DVD or Video war reminds me a lot of the Beta VS VHS war. It is just a matter of time before the Cameras are all DVD and have almost movie quality. I think at this point just for the simple reason that SONY has discontinued many other versions that were new 6 or 9 months ago, that should be reason enough to wait. But again..
Summary: This camera does not work with Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0. I repeat... this camera does not work with Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0. After days of troubleshooting and a potentially $39 phone call to Adobe, their tech help put it simply. He said, "That camera records in MPEG-2. Adobe Premiere Elements doesn't like MPEG-2. You need to try converting your MPEG-2's to AVI files before bringing them into Adobe Premiere Elements." Well, I'm working on that, but so far, no luck.
Summary: TO START OFF, SONY LIED IN THE PROMOTION OF THIS CAMERA...IT HAS NO COMPATIBLE MICROPHONES TO MOUNT ON THE INTELLISHUE...IT HAS NO SOFTWARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE FORMAT OF THIS CAMERA...THE PICTURE QUALITY IS NOT AS GOOD AS MINI DV..I THINK MY 8MM MIGHT HAVE BETTER QUALITY...SONY MAKES ALL THESE CLAIMS AND THEY ARE NOT TRUE...THE SONY TECH TEAM THAT I HAVE TALKED TO FOR DAYS NOW DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THIS CAMERA.