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: This is my first camcorder which I purchased based on the reviews here at Amazon. A few of the reviews complained that the small touch screen would smear after touching it with fingers. Not an issue. Just a light touch with the fingernail does the trick and - no smear. The free software that ships with the camcorder is good to get started, but just barely.
Summary: I did a lot of research on camcorders before making this purchase. This was my first purchase, after using a hand-me-down Mini-DV Sony camcorder for the past 8 years. The main thing that drew me to this camcorder (besides the Sony name), was the Low-Light quality. I have 5 young children, and I knew it would be used for a lot of recitals and inside programs. I was not disappointed!! The quality is fabulous. I love the lense, too. The picture is very clear.
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: I ordered this from amazon. Got it quick. Had problems from the begining. Turns out there was a issue with the cd drive and it destroyed several mini-dvd-r's. Sony support was horrible, non english speaking people, went thru there troubleshooting steps with them on the phone and ate a few more dvd-r's to conclude the camera was broke which I already new.
Summary: All of the reviews that degrade the video quality of this unit, must be visually challenged. The only problem that I had was audio noise. The on board microphone captured wind noise at a high degree. Simple solution, I bought an auxiliary microphone with wind screen. The video quality from my unit is exceptional. I am not a novice.