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!
You CAN move the video from the little DVD to a big one
New Jersey Mom, Amazon
8 December 2005
Summary: A lot of people writing reviews here seem to think that they're stuck buying expensive small cancorder-size DVD's ($20 for 3) and filling them up with 20 minutes each of high quality video. For a few minutes extra work you can put your files on your computer and then, when you have enough files to make it worth while, create a new "big DVD." Then you can just reformat your little disk and keep using it in your camera to take more video.
Summary: I went through two phases of decision making before I chose this camera: 1. The choice between Mini-DV format and DVD media cameras: I decided on the latter, since I have an old 8mm camcorder, and one of the primary reasons I dont take footage anymore is the hassle I had to go through each time to transfer onto videocassettes or DVDs.
Summary: I just purchased the camera so I could record my 2 little ones going off to their first day of school. So far I am very pleased with the camera and am glad I invested the money into it. Pros: Easy to use / Easy to finalize Nice still pictures Lightweight and compact Great night shots Movies look and sound great on my 57" wide screen HD tv Easy to use LCD touch screen Easy to switch between modes Cons: Wind noise in background Viewfinder won't tilt up No memory slot...
Summary: From a hardware standpoint this camcorder is excellent. Picture quality under a variety of lighting conditions including dim lighting is excellent. The quality of the still photos is also excellent-- I haven't used my digital still camera since I bought it. The only letdown is the very mediocre software package that comes with it. I'm surprised a quality company like Sony would bundle a $1000 high end camera with budget software.