Summary: Mine was stolen last November 2008, but up until that point I had used it alot since 2003 on 7+ international vacations and it never failed me or gave me any problems. Having it so easy to connect to my PC via the USB I could download the movie straights to my video capture software.
Summary: Well, I purchased this camera about a year ago for $600 on ebay and it does everything I want it to do. Great resolution, except with digital zoom, and ok stills. I took the pics displayed here with a sony dscw5 but the still quality you'll get with this camera on memory card are also displayed here.. As far as video quality, its still great for a 2-3 yrs old camera. I usually attach this camera via firewire to my pc and edit videos there.
Summary: The technical reviews here are great, and very helpful. But maybe you're like me -- not a videographer, but just a parent who wants a compact, easy to use, high-quality camera. And this Sony is an excellent choice. Small enough that you don't mind lugging it along to school performances, or tucking it away -- because you never know when a memory will beg for capture. I love the touch screen menus. And it's typical Sony quality.
Summary: Touch screen is unique. First model that I have seen with it. Sort of dummy proof. Good for your average home video shooter. However, if you are planning to shoot professional video, DO NOT use this camera. The 10X optical zoom is a joke. Sure the 120X digital zoom is decent, but unfortunately, you suffer in quality. If you want a combo digatal camera/camcorder, you could do better.
Summary: After a long research of compact camcorders, I bought a PC105 last September to replace a bulkier Digital 8, also Sony, that in turn replaced a Sony Hi8, and I am quite happy with it. I got it for about $750 on IBuyDigital. The camera is really compact, though you need to get used to the PC format (vertical), as opposed to the TRV one.
Summary: The camera is not as good as specified. Still image quality is good when taken fron very short distance but not good for the outside natural scenes taken from far away. The video quality is not so good. In low light you can't get the real colour. Specially in night shot. During video recording its pick up nois from the outside, which is very bad when you play the video.
Summary: Ignoring the fact that this is overkill, the DCRPC105's Video-in capabilities works very well and allows conversion of analog to digital video. You can connect an analog source via the included RCA connectors, which also support S-Video. Transferring video to a computer is straightforward, but a FireWire cable is not supplied, only a USB cable for the USB streaming feature.
Summary: The camera takes great video quality during day and in low dark situations. Even better when you put the night vision on. Camera is small and has a sturdy feel to it. I was a bit intimidated on learning how to use the camera but the instruction manual is very helpful and explanations are clear. Also once you learn how to use one function with the menus, it becomes intuitive and translates to the process of how you would use other functions.
Summary: Although the camera itself met my expectation I am extremely disappointed with the software quality it came with. The software itself is amateur software and not something you expect to get from Sony, especially after spending $1000.00 for it. The help file for the software is limited and short. Bottom line - buy it only if you have no plans to edit your work on your computer!