Summary: I recieved this product faster than expected and it worked great up until about a year after I purchased it and then the DVD compartment would not close. The amount it cost to repair it was almost the amount to just purchase another one. This time I decided to purchase from Best Buy. P.S. The camcorder itself provided clear picture and great zoom as I used it daily for business purposes.
Summary: I like the size of the camara,it's pretty handy and it's very easy to operate. The dvd format is much better than the video tape I have been using for about 20 years; I like to record and put the disc in the dvd player and enjoy the convinience of chapters instead of being fast or back forwarding and guessing where to find the shot I was looking for.
Summary: I received this camcorder two years ago as a holiday gift (which coincided with the birth of our daughter). I was extremely grateful to receive such a gift but in hindsight I would never have purchased this particular unit. 1. The video picture quality is very bad. It's very grainy and on a scale of 1-10 I'd give it a 3.5 - It boasts a Carl Zeiss lens, however I'm sure even Carl would be extremely disappointed. 2. The microphone picks up the mini-DVD drive noise.
Summary: After two months of studying the reviews, looking at company websites and determining my needs I selected The Sony DCR DVD305 Camcorder. It is a perfect size, easy to use and carry. I was extremely impressed by the ease of use and finalizing of the discs. We watched our daughter's wedding shower the other night and it was like being there all over. Better for my husband ( he didn't have to go).
Summary: Easay to use. The manauls and tutorials give a simple explanation of how to create DVD's and view your recordings. The handycam is versatile and small so it can be taken anywhere. alos very good to use for hunting/fishing with its quiet operation. Disks are easy to erase, and re-record over.