Excerpt: The DVD505 ($1100 MSRP) is Sony’s top of the line DVD camcorder this year. Leaving MiniDV behind, it has been the recipient of most of Sony’s R&D in the consumer division. This goes above and beyond replacing last year’s popular DVD403, and features a new 1/3” ClearVID CMOS sensor.
Pros: -Easy Mode for beginning shooters, -Still image resolution sizes, -Improved overall color accuracy, -Immense 3.5 inch LCD makes touchscreen navigation actually feasible
Cons: -High compression rates for DVD format mean worse video quality, -Loss of sharpness compared to its predecessor, -Minimal manual control options will limit advanced users, -Exporting and editing footage is a nightmare for the beginner