Summary: I purchased a sony handycam, here are the issues - Main reason for purchsing this camera was to upload videos thru firewire. I wasted atleast 30 hours debugging why this product is not recognized by computer when connected via firewire port. It still does not work.
Major Problems getting videos from tape to computer or CD/DVD
tahoe trio1, Amazon
21 November 2006
Summary: The Picture Package software that comes with these Sony's is terrible - incompatible with most DVD/CD-R writers, meaning that you can't get your video off the MiniDV cassette tapes onto either your computer or a DVD or CD-R.
Summary: Despite gentle use, the screen has broken after only 7 months. Unfortunately the 1 year warranty only covers parts. The labor costs $216 flat charge (half the price of the camcorder). I thought of Sony as a quality brand.... but no more.
Summary: My little advice - Beware of Sony. The quality has decreased over past years badly and customer service and technical support is very bad too. Not to mention the warranty plans and costs to fix things. I just owned a nice handycam DCR-TRV19 that died after one year of seldom use.
Comes with motor noise for your listening pleasure
24 June 2004
Summary: I bought DCRHC40 because of the compact size and because it was a SONY product. But, I hate to say that the whole HC series of camcorders come with a motor noise when you put a tape in it, which gets recorded on tape also. You can hear the noise even when the unit is in standby mode.
Summary: We bought this camcorder in 2004 and to be fair have only used on a few occasions. All in all we liked this camcorder and would have recommeded it, had we not just had a major problem with it. We can now only record sound with no picture.
Summary: I have recently bought this camcorder ( and it is totally incompatable with any Apple edit software. The i.LINK gimmick does not show through OS X. After considerable cost and patience I am very unhappy with this product and strongly recommend Apple users to stay clear.
Summary: Don't buy this or any other else from Amazon, they promise 24hr delivery, but the reality is they can not deliver in any sort of reasonable timescale.... There are many other places on the Internet selling at similar prices with realistic deliver times