Summary: Even though I craved the convenience of a camcorder that could record directly onto a DVD disk, I almost didn't buy the Sony DCR-DVD201 Handycam Camcorder because of the many, well-written reviews on this website that faulted the color quality of the recorded footage.
Summary: This is our first camcorder. Admittedly we were intimidated by all of the choices and formats on the market. This DVD camcorder is a wonderful option because you do not need to use a computer or any additional equipment to watch your movies.
Summary: Being a electronics layman I had spent some time reading the reviews on this DVD 201. I originally purchased the DVD 101 but didn't realize until after I had ordered it that the 201 has a much better CCD (provides for a clearer picture). I returned the 101 and purchased the 201.
Summary: It's just incredible convenience to be able to record directly onto a (mini) DVD, then pop the DVD into your home DVD player, and then play your video and also store it on a permanent (100+ years?) medium. No more fumbling with IEEE 1394 cables, transfering video over to VCR or (ugh!
Summary: I bought mine back in 2003, feels like a million years ago. I have used it on and off on my trips to Costa Rica and it has never failed me. I actually just found a disc I had in it from 2004 and I didn't even know it was here mixed with the blank CDs.
Summary: I have been using the DCR-DVD201 for quite a while now, racking up a mini DVD stack of very high quality images and close-ups of flowers and other subjects. I am very picky, as an artist of ministure etchings and engravings, and find the image quality excellent.
Summary: I read many reviews of this product before my purchase. I am very happy with my Sony DCR-DVD 201. It was very easy to use. I did not find the user manual overwhelming as some people noted. I am not very "techy," yet I found this product to be a great investment and easy to use.