Summary: I could not use the software that came with the handicam and I tried five other programs and none of them could access the cams video or controls - It may be possible to link PC and handicam but I don't have a degree in science fiction.
Summary: This camcorder may seem like a decent deal... but by the time you add one battery (which is pretty much a minimum, since the battery life is so short), and a charger (no... the camcorder really doesn't come with a charger) you add 25% to the price.
Bleahh... a glorified Super 8 for the 21st Century
DJ Joe Sixpack, Amazon
6 July 2006
Summary: We were very, very, very disappointed and frustrated with this camera. Yes, it takes a fabulous, high quality picture -- the bells and whistles are great. The problem we had was that this camera does not seem to be readily compatible with the video editing software that most people like to use...
Summary: It does not support FireWire connection and you can't edit images captured with the 405 directly in your Mac, using iMovie or FinalCut. This information was not clear in the pre-sales available materials from Sony by the time this review was written.