Summary: I was very impressed when I first purchased this camera, but after a few years it started to act up. And now it is virtually unusable. Repair estimate is through the roof! So it becomes a paper weight. Very surprised since this was a Sony product.
Summary: We've recently replaced this camcorder with a Sony SR12 hard drive camcorder. The hard drive camcorder is the way to go. This DVD camcorder is nice and simple to use, but the 30 minute DVDs is too much of a headache to keep changing in and out, especially when you're right in the middle of capturing...
Summary: I've owned this camera for about 18 months now. I wanted a camera that could shoot both decent video and stills, and would do mpeg2 encoding to save me the work of converting DV-AVI files to mpeg2 myself. This camera largely met those goals but has lots of annoyances too. 1. The lens cover.
Summary: The Sony DVD403 Handycam takes great pictures and is easy to use, but beware! The software that comes with it messes up your computer BIG TIME! We have had to rebuild our computer and leave the software off.
Summary: Nice images. Compact, easy to transport. Keep the manual handy as there are a lot of functions that are easily forgotten unless the camera is used often. Found this unit is not too nice to other disc manufacturers. Use Sony discs to avoid disappointments.
Summary: After using this camcorder for over a year, I am very pleased with it, and highly recommend it. My only desire for the camera would be greater control of the zoom. It is easy to zoom in and out fast, but a slow, smooth zoom takes a gentle touch on the zoom lever.
Excerpt: My brother-in-law, who we otherwise call, “techno-man” because he always purchases the leading edge products on the market, just got one of those Sony Handycam DCR-DVD403 units. The thing is insane, and I am so jealous! It looks like a mini-video recorder, but has a pop-out display so …