Summary: When I bought it, I did not realize that it would be hard to download movies onto a computer. I tried various gimmicks, but could not get the camcorder to talk with my DELL laptop even though the Sony software said that everything looked good. I even tried my other DELL desktop and faced the same problem. I am not sure if there is a compatibility issue between DELL and Sony since a friend of mine bought the same camcorder and it worked fine with a HP laptop.
Summary: Unless you have a computer with 1394 (firewire) capability do not buy this camcorder. Firewire technology is obsolete as well so the chances of getting long term use out of this is non-exsistent. The DV to USB is only good for viewing on a monitor and does not allow for editing. Obsolete, don't even consider it.
Summary: When I first bought this camera in 2007, it retailed for around $400. The DV tape technology was a bit awkward then and turned out to be short-lived. From today's perspective, it was a mad product strategy on part of the manufacturers. The complex tape loading mechanism, the many moving parts and their frequent failures, and the prohibitively high repair cost turn DV cameras into a liability today. Stand-alone decks were always expensive and never entered the mainstream.
Summary: I selected this mini cam-coder based on Top Ten Review then I decided to purchase it, unfortunately I did not read specification carefully that the media recording was MINI DV (using mini cassette) only we can't use SD memory card for recording. It was my reason to send back to the seller. However the seller was reliable seller, it was not seller fault but me. So please read the specification carefully before you deciding to purchase any goods.
Summary: When LCD screen dies, and trust me, it will, your camera and review settings are virtually impossible to use. The only off-screen accessible settings are the power on/off, REC (start/stop), easy. You will not be able to review your video. Nor will you be able to adjust camera settings or use the camera visual and audio editing features. The mini usb port promises much but will NOT deliver one second of video to your computer.
Summary: The Sony minicam that we ordered work very well. We use it to capture video for sports analysis. To do this we need a minicam that has a FireWire port. The camera that we ordered was shown with the port and came properly packed and in good working order. It included a note from the vendor that if we had any problem with it, return it within 30 days. The unit is working well and we are very pleased with our purchase.
Summary: I bought this used unit because the tape compartment of my old camcorder couldn't load the tape in and I need a camcorder to play all my old tapes. Good thing about this camcorder is that it's relatively easy to operate with decent video. The bad thing about it is that there is a rather annoying noise coming out from the tape compartment whenever the tape is in use. But I don't quite hear the noise from the TV when I play the recorded video, so I guess it's okay.