Summary: WARNING: the microphone in this camera makes a lot of noise! If I had known that, I would not have bought this camera - do not buy this camera unless you don't mind that the slightest bit of wind noise should make a huge amount of noise in the final video! WARNING: do not install the USB driver that comes with the Sony 'Picture Perfect' software included with this camera - it made my Windows XP system unbootable; could not boot even in 'safe mode'.
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. If you read the reviews here you'll be well aware that the lens cover on this camera is very prone to failure. In my case the lens cover will not close.
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. I have been told that "Sony is aware of this problem and is working on it" but I am very disappointed that they did not notify me of the problem. They could have easily done so since I registered the camera with them.
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: The camera works great but ...Neither Sony nor Pixela, the makers of the Picture Package software that comes with some Sony camcorders with mini-disks tells you that the software IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP, SERVICE PACK 2! It will crash your computer or not work properly. DO NOT install the Picture Package software if you have run Windows XP. If you have a DVD player on your computer, you can download the photos from the mini-disk without this dangerous software.
Summary: I have this camera, and mostly love it. That is untill I want to edit my videos. Then I kick myself for ever buying it. Getting the files in a format that iMovie will accept is a feat of no small effort. You basically won't be able to import directly from the camera. I knew this going in. Apple has an mpeg2 component to Quicktime that will allow you to import mpeg2 video.
Summary: This happend with in year. I seriously think sony should recall this product . it has major issue with this lens cover. if it happens u need to pay 150 $ for fixing. for labor. I sent a big email to sony . I don;t think they will do any thing about it.