Summary: DON'T buy the Sony DCR-DVD408. I bought directly from Sony------had trouble from the begining. I also bought the extened warranty. of course it was out of Sonys warrenty and they would not do anything to help and further more didn't care. So I thought at least I purchased the extended warrenty. I called them and they had me send it to Precision Camera, #3 anngina drive, enfield,ct 06082, my repair order from them was pcr tag number 2487869, the middle of march, 2009.
Summary: After a lot of research, I decided to purchase the sony dcr-dvd 408. night vision works great, a bit grainey with telephoto, but the instructions tells me this. Telephoto is very good, everything works as expected, no surprises. Great color, easy to operate, great price and free super shipping.
Summary: This is my first digital camcorder and the picture is great. I did a lot of research trying to determine which format to get. I had a tape VHS-C before and it just didn't get it anymore. Started having trouble with bad tapes. So I really did not want another tape format. The new hard drives are nice, but so are the prices. I went with the DVD format and I am very pleased with it. Before you go on a trip or to a special event just make sure to format the disc first.
Summary: I previously owned a later generation Sony DVD Handycam (DCR-DVD405) and decided to stick with Sony after reviewing their new product line, as well as what their competitors had to offer. This new camera does not disappoint.
Summary: I loved this camcorder, but I had to return it because unlike the DCR-DVD405 that it replaced, the DCR-DVD408 does not have analog inputs and will not function as a "VCR". This is an important feature if you want to record from another device to this camcorder. I bought one of the last remaining DVD305 instead, which is also an awesome peice of gear. I own five sony cameras and have had mostly good experinces.
Summary: PROS (the camera itself): This fantastic piece of technology will cover all needs of the average (home) user, who wants to create quality footage in a fast and simple way: Stunning sound and movie quality, rich features and ergonomic controls make this camera a top choice. Still-picture quality at 4MP is more than adequate to capture precious moments. An overall 5/5 ! CONS (the "package"): Alas! The package accompanying the camera is a bit of disappointment: 1.
Summary: This camcorder got good reviews - better than the 508, which is its top-of-the-line sibling. It is very easy to operate. I was using in just as soon as I charged up the battery. The video looks great. The touch screen is a little small but so far it has worked well for me. I got the biggest battery for it since it was recommended as being very long lasting. Definitely an excellent value.
Excellent quality video with dolby audio recording
S. Mahabal "Sudu Yogi", Amazon
22 April 2009
Summary: I tried this camera during my recent visit to Seattle for Tulip festival. The recording quality is amazing. 5 channel recording is superb. I tried it in 16:9 and 4:3 fine mode with playback on HD Plasma TV. The quality was breathtakingly good. Yet to try photo (claimed to take 4 MP pictures) as photos can only be taken with a memory stick. Cons: -Limited Mini DVD space (20 minutes max in fine mode). -Limited support for combining mini DVDs to a regular sized DVD.