Older Sony DCR-DVD300 is an Excellent DVD Camcorder
30 March 2006
Summary: This is one terrific Camcorder. Sony really challenged their best engineers and they came up with a DVD camcorder that is a technological tour-de-force. They took all of the best features and innovations up and down their very successful Handycam camcorder line and incorporated them into this model.
Summary: Although I really enjoy my camcorder, I have learned that only Sony DVDs work well with this camcorder. You are able to record on other cheaper brands, however, if you use the Image Mixer sofware (which comes with the camcorder) to edit abd re-burn DVDs there are compatability problems between other brands. Furthermore, the Image Mixer software is limited, elementary and not user friendly. Their customer support is pretty worthless as well.
Summary: I just wanted people to know that you can use a non brand name disc instead of the costly sony ones. I buy mine at shop4tech.com it only cost 3.60 each instead of the 8.00 ones at the stores and sony.com . just search for mini dvd for camcorders and they have three brands to choose from. Could someone email me at email@example.com on how to print still images without buying a photo printer, for ex.
Summary: This is the 1st camcorder that I have ever owned. I like the ease of use and all the neat features. I purchased a flash, it really helps the still photos. The only complant is, the mini discs are overpriced and hard to find. Sony should and could have been better prepared before selling a ton of camcorders and no discs. Even with the high cost and irritation of finding discs, I still give a big thumbs up and recommend to all.
Summary: This is my first camcorder ever. After a lot of researching and reading reviews of about every single camcorder on the Market I picked Sony. I have and own Sony products and they have never given me any problems whatsoever. This camcorder is the best. Easy to use, I was filming about 10 minutes after I got it out of the box. The still photo capability is terrible, do not even use it. This is a camcorder, not a camera.
Summary: Most (if not all) the other reviews discuss the pros and cons of the camera. I'll quckly agree with them, and get it over: Great camera, excellent quality movies, needs a bigger battery (but then, doesn't EVERYTHING?). Love the camera's features. I use a Gateway laptop, with Winders XP Pro (SP2). I had a problem when following the instructions in the manual: everytime I loaded the drivers, ALL (and I *DO* mean *ALL*!!!