Bought to record new born, but no recording media avaliable!
29 February 2004
Summary: Watch out before you buy this or any of the other Handycams. At the time I am writing this, no stores have the 1.4GB dvds that they use to record. Even Sony doesn't have them. Make sure you can find a supply of thier recording media before you buy any of these products. I bought the Sony DVD-100 and I am stuck. The Handycam comes with 1 DVD-R so when that is used up your done.
Summary: Seems like a nice product but I have been to 5 electronic stores to get the mini DVD's and no one has them. They are not even available on Sony's website so if all you have is the one non-rewriteable disc they include with the camera and you can't get any other discs - what's the use of having an expensive camcorder that you can't record with?
Summary: I bought this camera before I found out that Opra put it on her recommend buy list. This caused all of the sheep that follow her to rush out and max out their credit cards on the camera causing a shortage of the cameras and more importantly the mini-discs that you need to use it! If you are buying it for the holidays - forget about it! Go for the Hitachi - Some places are selling them for cost and this is their thrid generation version vs first for Sony.
Summary: For all the marketing and features, the mini-dvd media required to use the Sony product is not available anywhere. Sony does not tell you this; and you only learn this after some very frustrating searching. Best Buy, Circuit City, SonyStyle, and others (search the entire Internet), and you will not find it available anywhere.