Summary: I was in the market for a small, high-quality MiniDV camcorder, and the PC-9's specs looked perfect. I have had mine for a month now, and I am very happy with it. Although it is slightly larger than some of the JVC's and Canon's Elura II, it is still very small. Also, unlike JVC and Canon camcorders, the PC-9 feels extremely solid and robust. The construction is top-notch, and you don't feel worried about breaking it, despite its small size.
Summary: While I was slightly disappointed opening the box ( I expected a metal case - it's plastic and scratches easily - magazine pictures put me off) a month of use has overcome this initial disappointment. While I would agree with the previous reviews re the flimsy cover for the USB and video connection ports (appalling), the overall performance has been great.
Summary: The DCR-PC9 is an excellent choice for people who like to take videos while travelling and prefer carrying a very light weight camera. I was undecided between this model and the DCR-pc110. But after checking the size of this camera I decided to go with it. The video is of exellent quality. The only sacrifice for the size was the resolution of the still pictures. I think it was a good choice and I am very happy with it.
Summary: I have been using the PC9 for about a month and have used it on a trip to Ireland and recorded onto 5 cassettes then edited it on a Mac G4. The firewire connection worked flawlessly and no software was reqiured, same for usb, the drivers were built into the Mac. Picture quality is very good, particularly in even lighting conditions (cloudy, diffused). The sound quality is good but the mic. pickup is in a stupid place.
Summary: I never expected this camera to be so small. Till the last moment I was in two minds between this and the Canon Optura Pi. But once this was delivered, all apprehensions were allayed. It is very small and sleek and is very versatile. The IEEE1394 link helps one to transfer movies to the pc, though a 2 minute movie could use upto 250mb in the pc. The controls are a bit awkward but after a couple of uses one gets used to it.
Summary: I have been using this camera for a month now and have a few remarks which maybe helpful to you. 1. Size !!!! This thing is so tiny ! and does not look like a regular camcorder. People do not pay attention to it at all which allows you to capture great scenes ! Once I had two film cameras. One was really good but heavy and expensive. Another much cheaper. So ! 90% of my best shots I took with the cheaper camera.
Summary: Best of the miniDV camcorder around. After searching for about a month, comparing more than 15 minidv camcorders. Even actually bought one. I'd have to say that this is the best one that we found. At first, we bought a JVC GR-DVM90U because after. This camcorder has so many features, lightweight, and thinner than other digicams. But after we've bought it, we found that it's image quality is very poor in low light condition.
Summary: After long and painstaking research, I settled on this camera. But try to find any comparisons, and you turn up very little. So here's my few words of thought. The JVC GRD-VP3u is the next best contender in this price range. It wins for size and still images, but not much else. The Canons did not have the resolution in the viewfinder or LCD panel quite like the Sony (best) or JVC. They also had a cheaper feel when hefted.
Summary: I bought this camcorder for it's size and video quality. I did a good deal of research on it through CNET.com and other sites that had both customer and expert reviews. I own a Fuji Finepix 4700 digital camera so I did not buy this camcorder for its digital still quality, but rather for it's video quality and I am thoroughly amazed. It's capability in all light conditions is astounding.
Summary: I originally did extensive research on the "vertical palm size" mini-DV camcorders and narrowed my decision down to the Sony DCR-PC9, the Canon Elura 20MC and the JVC GR-DVM75. Let me tell you that this was an extremely difficult evaluation because all three cameras have their strengths and weaknesses and there was no clear choice. The digital video technology found in all three of these compact cameras is absolutely amazing.