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!
Summary: I love the camera and it takes fantastic images...but editing your video's is virtually impossible since you cannot plug a firewire or USD cable into the unit, copy it to your PC and just "Edit". You need to convert the timing. MAOR MAJOR MAJOR pain. This is my 3rd SONY handycam, and I am seriously pissed at this dumb move. I use Windows XP Service Service Pack 2. I see others had some problem with this camera. Do not buy it if you plan on editing videos.
Summary: I echo many other reviewer's sentiments about the high quality Sony DCR-DVD403 camera - its great! I am quite concerned about the terrible things I have heard about Sony's support -- I hope I don't ever have to turn in my camera. Fortunately, so far my camera is working flawlessly. Some of the bundled software is a different story though -- what a disgrace!
Summary: I like the camera so far, and I'd give it higher ratings, but their software support is terrible. Particularly, the DVD403 comes with Sony's PicturePackage and PIXELA's ImageMixer EasyStepDVD. After ImageMixer EasyStepDVD installs there is no icon to launch the program anywhere (this is on XP). Even in the start menu, there is nothing. I located the executable file in the Program Files/PIXELA directory, and ran that. Nothing.
Summary: I purchased about 2 weeks ago and have been happy with the quality of pictures and general functionality so far. This is my first digital camcorder & third camcorder over 16 years. On price... Amazon was by far the best when you consider free shipping and no sales tax, I saved about $200. I-Link...