Summary: I am really impressed with this camera. Great quality! I was researching these for a while and although this is a relatively older camera (over 2 yo) it has higher quality (3 mp) than the current ones unless you spend $$$$ for the high def ones.
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.
Summary: Better-than-average video quality; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound recording; decent still photos. The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 is a solid DVD camcorder, as long as you don't mind fiddling with a touch-screen interface on a too-small display.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder as a gift for my daughter and son-in-law as they were expecting their first baby. They have been using the camcorder for 3 months now and have been loving it. It is easy to use and produces quality images. They couldn't be happier.