Summary: I bought this used camera and have used it few times. The camera has few minor scratches but is working fine for now. I think it was a good buy for the price I paid. The only thing that I would have loved was if it came with carrying bag. Overall decent buy!!
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: SkaterTrash, doesn't seem like you're up to speed either. I.Link does not connect to a USB port (as you incorrectly stated in your tasteless review, which was not so much a review as a display of disrespect to those who may not be as technology-literate). I.Link is, as you correctly said (I was impressed) Sony's brand of DV cabling. I.Link = FireWire (IEEE1394). Therefore, it must be plugged into a FireWire port (different from a USB).
Summary: This is a bare bones camcorder in that it comes with little more than a battery, a charging cord, a lens cap, and a video/audio cable to hook the camera to a TV. You will need a 4-pin to 6-pin Firewire cable (not included) to import to a computer. I found using the touch screen to be easy and pretty intuitive. There are not a lot of extra features, but I found on previous cameras that I do not need special effects functions.
Summary: The machine works fine. If you buy the firewire cable (e.g., Sony VMC-IL4615 1.5 Meter i.LINK 4-Pin to 6-Pin Digital Video Transfer Cable) you can actually download the movies to a computer (as another reviewer pointed out). On the mac it works well easily and basically flawlessly (sometimes the rewind hangs on you, but it might be the OS X I have on that machine). Image quality is OK, I guess.
Summary: I have no complaints. It is challenging to figure out a good software to use to put it on your computer. I have a DVD recorder and just transfer it directly from the camera to a DVD. Great camera though! I'd recommend it for a simple little video camera!