Summary: The Sony handycam DCR-DVD405 is a mini-dvd format camcorder with the option to record onto Sony's memory stick pro or pro duo. I personally have only used this camera a couple of times and was impressed by it's ease of use and features such as nightshot. I also like the fact that you can add lens filters and other accessories like an extra light or an infrared illuminator for events in total darkness.
Summary: I shopped and shopped around looking for the Best Mini DVD Camcorder. After much searching, I came across the Sony 405. This is a terrific camcorder for the money. It is very easy to use and offers many great features. The camera is very small and great for travel. I haven't had this camera for a long time but for the time I have had it, I am very pleased. I originally wasn't planning on spending the money but when I checked Amazon's prices it was worth it.
Summary: Trying to settle on a camcorder to purchase among the hundreds available is, to say the least, a frustrating experience. Does this sound familiar: You read a rave review in a respected publication on a particular camcorder, think to yourself: "this looks like the one to get," only to find disappointing reviews from real people who have actually tried the camcorder out. Or the reverse: Lukewarm reviews by the pros, but a slew of seemingly satisfied buyers.
Summary: This camcorder does capture good shots. But the main drawback is that it records to DVD. Initially its nice and easy to capture video and watch it on DVD instantly. It gives you instant gratification. But after capturing 4 or 5 hours of video, you will notice that your videos aren't so great as you expect it to be. Its not the fault with your camcorder. Its because all of us shoot extra footage, unwanted scenes, shakes, etc which we want to edit.
Summary: normally, i'd want the most manual controls, software for editing, etc. but, i just don't have the time for it any more. if i were going to get into moviemaking as a profession, yes. however, i wanted a easy-to-use cam that could take great INDOOR video. i finally moved up the chain to this DCR-DVD405 and am as pleased as i can be.
Summary: I went through a lot of camcorders before settling on a Sony. I bought a Hitachi DVD camcorder 1st because it was under $400 and you get what you pay for, the picture was not very clear, it had no light for dark rooms and the zoom wasn't that great. I returned it and decided if I wanted a good picture I need to be willing to pay more so I bought a $600 canon DVD camcorder and again I just was not happen with the picture quality.
Summary: Just got this camcorder last week after researching for about 2 weeks. Our MiniDV camcorder was on this blink and we decided it was time to jump to the MiniDVD format. The thing I like about this format is the ability to quickly view footage both on the camcorder and on TV after finalizing the disc.