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. If you're going to edit and make movies on your PC keep looking. This one is only for propeller heads.
Summary: I bought the Sony DCR-DVD405 because the specifications said it can achieve a shutter speed of 1/4000 (in the AE modee). I strongly suspect that this is not true. 1. When I take video of fast moving objects under very bright conditions (I have even increased the exposure to where the video is overexposed), the video is always blured. 2. When I called Sony (technical support, advertising), they refuse to send me the specs which include shutter speed to me.
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. Make that two batteries and a charger (the ideal kit) and you almost double the price. Without buying the charger, you are forced to use the camcorder as the charger. This is very inconvenient.
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. You can't use the USB connection to import your raw images to iMovie.