Summary: I bought this model almost 8 years ago. I have already a new one and it simply doesn't match my old DCRHC40 model. The Carl Zeiss lens gives great zoom definition at 10x and enhances the 120x digital zoom capabilities. I added a wide angle SONY conversion lense x0.6 and a NP-FP90 battery for extended operation. Simply one of the best cam-corders I've ever had, back from Beta, VHS and even compared to the new memory integrated HD one I have (Sony also).
Summary: We dropped our camera that we use for football and it broke into little peices. Saw this camera on Ebay and it was a perfect match. Works awesome and the price was right for our program, It will get many more years of use even though the mini-Dv is on its way out.
Summary: I thought it a great product. I had bought one 8 years ago and recently broke mine. When I went to find another camcorder with a tape I could no longer find one. I have many old tapes and needed this anyway! Besides it works great!!!
Summary: These cameras should be perfect for my purposes, one of the only types of camera with night vision, which will be perfect for filming in darklight conditions, which I will be using them for. Great Stuff!
Summary: My first Sony DCR hc40 was stolen and I purchased the same model again. I use it for taping golfers and bowling students. I find this model so easy to understand and use; the quality upon playback is great and it exceeded my expectaions when used in low light surroundings.
Summary: I believe this camcorder is no longer in production. There are two main reasons why I purchased this unit: 1) Its compact size and 2) the "LANC" feature. So readers must take that into consideration. I needed a small enough unit so that I can carry it while doing adventure sports (snowboarding and mountain biking).