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: This was a fabulous camcorder quality wise. But it is VERY difficult to connect it to the computer. You must "finalize" the disc to import the video on the computer, and then if you want to use that disc again you must "format" the disc which deletes all the videos on the disc. And if you want to delete some videos on the disc, you have to press all these buttons to get to a list of options, where you see the option you want, but it is grayed out. Or at least in my case.
Summary: I got the handycam to film my son at the national beta club coonvention. It was exactly what I needed. The microphone picked up his voice well and the zoom picked up the picture. I got the camera for a song too.(385) Well below the price charged by other dealers. Very happy with this dealer. I would buy from him again.
Summary: I recently purchased this as a gift for my cousin on the arrival of a new born. We took some videos of the baby and they came out really well. The sound quality is excellent and the auto focus works very well. The camera design is very intuitive and easy to use. This is overall a great buy!
Summary: I think the camera itselfes is a good one, but unfortunately my model had a malefunction after 2 minutes of operation. During recording it shot off completely and could not be restated at all. So I had to sent the camcorder in to SONY service center. UPS shipping was $ 31,-!!!
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.