Summary: I spent months reading reviews to find a camcorder that would work well to record my daughter's dance recitals. This camcorder worked very well in low light and zoomed in clearly and quickly. I have recorded over 20 hours to this date, most in low light, but some in bright light. I am a "real novice" at making videos, but this camcorder made a great recording. I had an old JVC camcorder and there is no comparision to the quality!
Summary: This is by far the best camcorder I have ever used. I have owned a Sony digital 8 and two Canon mini DV camcorders. The Canons were a ZR and Elura. Let me just say that the Mini DV is great for editing on my Mac but the video quality would fall off in low light situations. This DVD camcorder from Sony captures some of the best looking video I have ever seen.
Summary: I can't believe how easy this camera is to operate. I received the camcorder last night and was anxious to get some test footage of my daughter before she went to bed. To save time, I skipped reading the directions and went straight to fiddling with the camera. With absolutely no difficulty or direction I was able to snap on the battery pack, plug the camera to AC power, pop in a disc, and begin recording my daughter's silly bed time antics.
Summary: I had been waiting for a good quality camcorder that have a DVD5 quality recording. Here I found this one with amazing Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and true 16:9 wide screen capture. After I read reviews by S. George and got other website's preliminary information, I decided that is time for me to get one. I used it to record my daughter's Piano Recital and found its picture of true DVD5 quality. The recording is sharp and crisp.
Summary: Was shopping around for a camcorder for awhile, and was debating against a mini dv and or dvd camcorder. Panasonic even has 3ccd camcorders at a comparable price offering supposedely a better quality camera. I had my heart set on a dvd camcorder as I didnt want the hassle of transferring to PC and then burning to dvd. Knowing myslef, I would just never get around do doing it.
Summary: I have been interested in buying a DVD camcorder for a while, but was held back by the reports of bad performance. I even tired one, the Panasonic M50 but returned it to the store after few days because of awful performance, bad colors, resolution, dark picture in the middle of a sunny day.
If you have a computer with a DVD-RW burner GET THIS CAMCORDER
15 December 2005
Summary: I have been using the DCR-DVD403 a lot since I got it and have been using $5 mini-DVD-RW disks. When you put the disk in for the first time the camera asks if you want to format in regular mode or "VR" mode. The VR mode let's you edit the disk in the camera so that's what I use, but I was worried that I would have to finalize the disk in the camera before being able to read the video files on my computer. NOT SO!