Summary: We got this camcorder shortly after it came out (and paid a pretty penny for it). They hyped up the 3.0MP at the time which wasn't suitable for decent photos even then. We never used the still photo capability so in retrospect we paid for some features we didn't need. Over the last 5 years it's given us some great video memories (I still need to get them off the tapes into a computer for permanent storage) and I have no issues with the video quality.
Summary: It's slim, compact, looks great, great zooming, and it delivers more than you can expect from a regular camcorder. It is definitely in the "professional" range of camcorders. I have used the DCR-PC330 in different occasions varying from soccer and basketball games to family reunions and birthdays. This camcorder has always delivered above my expectations.
Summary: A palm-sized camera that almost shoots as well as the low-end 3-CCD cameras, made by a reputable name (Sony), and a price under $1400? Yes, Sony has done it. Exterior - With the vertical orientation of the body and the smaller thickness, this camera will fit well in your palm. The main controls are positioned comfortably where your fingers will most naturally fall. The design allows for basic operation without jostling the camera.
Summary: I WANTED TO HAVE IT ALL. A CAMCORDER THAT TOOK EXCELLENT VIDEO AND GOOD STILLS. THIS PRODUCT DISSAPOINTS IN THE LATTER. HOWEVER, MANY PEOPLE SAY THAT THE STILL PICTURE QUALITY THAT THIS CAMCORDER TAKES ARE ALREADY BETTER THAN ANY CAMCORDER OUT THERE. WHILE THIS MAY BE TRUE, I MUST WARN THE PEOPLE OUT THERE THINKING THAT THIS CAN REPLACE YOU 2 OR 3 MEGAPIXEL CAMCORDER....IT WONT.
Summary: This was my first-ever camcorder purchase, so I wanted to make sure the camera was a solid performer. The other two candidates were the Panasonic DV953 and the Sony TRV950. To help me choose, I took a crash-course in MiniDV cams (by reading the reviews) and found that most of them kept harping on things that I didn't care about. Things like bottom-loading the tapes vs top-loading; Single CCD vs 3 CCD; the number of shutter speeds.
Summary: Other reviews here do a good job of covering the specs and general pros and cons of this all-round excellent camera. Here I'll just mention a few additional points and reiterate some others: (1) You will almost certainly need an additional, higher capacity battery right off the bat; the battery provided is almost totally inadequate.
Summary: Excelente calidad de video y sobresaliente el color. La sensibilidad con poca luz es muy buena en video. He obtenido imágenes nocturnas muy buenas en calles bien iluminadas y en shoppings. Las stills son mejores que lo que haya visto anteriormente, aunque no a la par con una cámara digital de 3mp. Igualmente imprimen y se ven muy bien. Excelentes las imágenes con flash, que se ajusta perfecto aun en macros extremos. Con poca luz hay algo de ruido.
Summary: the pc-330 is the new top of the line consumer camcorder from sony. it's fully-loaded and ready to take on video and still picture duties. pros: - all those megapixels are put to good use - this camcorder produces excellent video. - a whopping 3MP still capability. - best still pics from a camcorder to date. - miniDV media is widely supported. - great connectivity options: firewire, USB, S-video, headphone, mic input, etc. - carl zeiss lens.
Summary: Being somebody who has owned many professional and semi professional camcorders including the Canon XM1,XM2,XL1S,SonyVX2100 and TRV950, this little upright sony pc330 was an addition. I can honestly say this, yes it is very useful for stills (3MP) but not really a replacement for a good stills cam, but I never purchased it for stills but they are very acceptable! The video footage is stunning!
Excerpt: "The Camera is a a very convenient size, large enough to be able to get a firm grip and small enough to be easily portable. I was pleasantly surprised with Picture quality, clear, sharp with superb definition. The still pictures were of very high quality and very simple to use. The fact that you can take video and still pictures at the same time is a nifty function. The Settings menu is a little clumsy but much improved to sony's previous menus. ...
Pros: Simple to use, fantastic picture quality .
Cons: A limited number of accessories at this time