Summary: I had been a happy owner of a DCR PC110 for many years and it failed. I needed another mini tape playing machine with pass-through to move dozens of tapes to hard drive back up. I began watching ebay to find another DCR PC110 and to learn what I should expect to pay. Any where from $150 to $300 seemed to be the range. Then I found a recent listing "buy now" for $87 with free shipping.
Summary: I love the fact that it's very easy to use, and it's very small. I was able to take it anywhere without a problem, being that I could either wear it around my neck, or just carry it in my left palm. It uses a tape just like the analog ones, but the quality of the video comes out far better with these tapes (8mm).
Probably out of date now but a great buy in its day
T. Furlong "fuzzyfreak", Amazon
26 April 2004
Summary: Had mine now for a few years and it's been very good. Gave it a four fortwo minor points - first is that it produces rather a dark image inside(artificial light) and second is the fiddly recording option if you attachan external device like a headcam. Otherwise this is a great camera andprobably still one of the best out there.
Excerpt: First things first - I'm slightly biased. My wife and I found out that we were expecting twins. Helen's parents live in France, while mine live way "oop north". Photos and videos were going to be the way in which we could keep them informed of the twins development. So I started doing some research. I quickly decided on miniDV as the format of choice due to its compact nature and superb quality. The Sony DCR-PC120 was then chosen as the model I wanted.
Pros: Picture, features and quality
Cons: May be hard to find . The DCR - PC120 replaced this
Sony Handycam DCR-PC110: Small but perfectly formed
31 October 2001
Summary: In 2002, one of 2 things is going to happen to me; either I become a father or I go on an expensive holiday with my wife. Whatever happens I wanted a camcorder to capture the memories. After doing a great deal of research I plumped for Sony's DCR-PC110E, a mini-DV camcorder packed full of features for both the amateur and keen hobbyist alike. There was one drawback, or rather 1200 of them - pounds. Could I honestly justify the expense?
Summary: After dealing with the tragedy of having my Sony PC100 camera stolen, the arrival of my PC110 soon bought a smile to my face again..even if it hurt the credit card! I thought the PC100 was good, but this thing rocks! Integrated flash is great, the controls were a shock initially, but soon got used to them. Even works as a webcam through your Firware Card!
Summary: Just a comment on your criticism of trying to use the little finger on the control buttons - the handle should be opened fully down and the whole hand put through. The base of the thumb holds the back of the camera and the tip takes the pictures, whilst the first two fingers easily use the photo and zoom buttons. The two little fingers hold the front of the camera securely. Used this way the 110 is unobtrusive and nearly "fits in the palm of your hand". A real beauty!
Summary: From the moment I opened the box, it just took my breath away (thats not a side effect of the price), it was above all my expectations. The only drawback is that you really need a 32Mb or 64Mb memory stick (rather than the inadequate 4Mb) and Sony... why did you not include Progressive Scan! The video footage is excellent and although I am familiar with the results from a 3.34m pixel Sony Digital camera some of the shots from the PC110's 1070k pixels are spectacular.
Summary: This camcorder is the business! Take your still pictures (with the excellent built in flash), plug it into a PC running Windows XP using the supplied USB cable, and in a few seconds your pictures are on your PC ready for editing, emailing or printing. Incredible! You don't even need to open the software that comes with the camera!! The DV quality is amazing. Record your movies, hook the camera up using the Firewire port and you're off! Very impressed.