Summary: I have been looking for an "older" mini-dv type camcorder for sometime now. It appears through some research that these type of camcorders with the firewire output are the only ones that can be used to stream live video for use as a webcam. This little Sony does the trick. It's output through the firewire port is instantly recognized by my MacBook Pro through various software (iMovie, Firefox, Skype, Photo Booth, etc).
Summary: This handy, excellent camcorder can handle most of the work done by armature, even polished recorders. The size is perfect, even sexy. You can easily slide it into a small bag or pocketbook and you are good to go. It uses mini cassettes, which can be easy to carry. The only downside is that this kind of technology is rapidly being swept under the carpet. I recommend it for starters.
Summary: Anyone purchasing this product would know that this is an entry level camcorder and is not the best one to buy. But for those ones without a camcorder and wanting to get one at a reasonable price, this is not a bad option at all. The picture quality may not be the best but its pretty acceptable. Its good to have this handycam and capture moments rather than not having one at all.
Pros: compact, light-weight, well featured, easy to use, nightshot, 20x zoom
Cons: none really for the price you pay to get this one