Summary: I needed a good camcorder that had good quality and easy to use. This was both. I used to to film my sons little league game and my daughters dance festival. Awesome picture quality even with action like batting and running. I have other camcorders before but this one hands down is the best I have ever used. I have no dislikes except my dvd player will not play the disc format. I would recommend this camcorder to anyone with simular needs.
Summary: I am not very familiar with the use of camcorders. This one I purchased a couple of weeks ago and I am taking it for a spin. This I can tell you. The thing is amazing. The picture quality is better than most TV shows that I watch on my flat screen. It has a cool mechanism that dampens vibrations in the video when video taping using free hand.
Summary: I have had this camcorder for quite some time and it is a thing of beauty. I will now pass it on to my brother with some sadness, as I hate to see it go. Very easy to use. It turns on and off quickly. Comfortable to hold. Image stabilization is very good. Sound quality and video is very nice. The very best part about this camcorder is that it records to mini DVD that I could pop out and play right in my DVD player without having to convert or connect using wires.
Summary: The only thing I don't particularly like is the limited recording time on the 1.4GB mini-DVDs (1hr, 30min, 20min for low/med/high quality video) compared to digital camcorders with 30GB and larger hard drives. However, there ARE certain advantages to having the mini-DVDs, including being able to record to them (in the DVD403) from a computer, giving you an external USB mini-DVD burner.
Summary: This is one of the very few cameras out of Japan that is definitely built to last, all other ones mostly come out of other countries and the workmanship does not compare. High-end camera and very highly recommended.
Summary: I was planning on buying something special for my wife on her birthday. It also happened that we had a new born in the house. He was our first and my wife could never take her eyes of him. This is when I decided that we need a digital camcorder. We had the primitive Sony Tape camcorder, but I was beginning to feel that it is about time that we own a digital camcorder. Honestly speaking, before our son was born we werent serious about taking pictures or capturing vedios.