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 was going to buy the dcr-pc9 based on [a] review but when I went to a store they told me that the dcr-pc101 was the updated replacement that included some modest improvements including much higher still resolution (1 megapixel) and 520 vs 500 scan lines plus USB streaming. I bought the Sony dcr-pc101 and have been very happy.
Summary: First camcorder-I really like it a lot! Purchased it for our honeymoon and was really able to capture great memories. It is very small so you can carry it wherever you go without it being cumbersome. It is very lightweight so you're able to do a lot with it without feeling bogged down. The video quality is awesome(at night too) - however, the picture quality from the digital camera is just so so.
Fantastic camera except for still camera and akward size
B. May, Amazon
13 April 2002
Summary: About 2 months ago I purchase this camera forunner the DCR-PC5. What I liked about the dcr-pc5 was its small size, still camera mode, the use of he sony memory stick and np series batteries (both compatiable with my soncy dcr-p30 digital still camera)and its great looking hi res video. I had received a sony CCd-TR81 handycam as a graduation gift about 10 years ago and new that a sony was a fairly reliable and durable camera.
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.
Summary: I believe compactness of a camera doubles its usage, as its not hassle to carry, and you don't stand out in crowd while shooting. This compact pocket size cam is packed with quality features, excellent video, easy touchscreen operation and convenient download of still and video to your PC. 640x480 still resolution looks lil less, but ok for emailing and web purpose.
Summary: Just got my DC9 and was amazed. Apart from getting it and a UV filter, 5 60min tapes, leather case and 32mb stick- all for under 1K, it's a great LITTLE camcorder. Easy to switch between modes, all done wih one hand. If held properly (best way, IMO: 1st finger on zoom, 2nd and 3rd around the front body, 4th around the pull-down stick (on grip) and thumb near the record button). Very easy to use the LCD and definitely get the NP-FM50 (180 min at full charge).
Summary: I bought my pc9 a month ago for our trip to indonesia.. and it was very good... basically what i've read in these reviews are true.. the item is small.. good quality pictures except the digital zoom (max) and still pictures . Although these still pictures are acceptable because the file size is small, so it could easily be transmitted to the web, without causing traffic. Be cautious in buying ur item... esp. at sim lim (singapore).
Summary: I have had this camcorder for about 2 months now, Its amazing! The first I noticed when I opened the box was the size. It is SMALL! Can fit in a pocket and great for anyone on the go...great for traveling, superb picture quality. I bought mine for [price]...Brand new, factory sealed, never before used or opened. USA version, not grey market or international, and not refurbished. Came with a 1 year factory warrenty from Sony.
Summary: I have had the DCR-PC9 for about two months now and used it extensively for a trip to the UK. The compact design allowed me to carry it around London without it annoying me. I was able to charge two of the batteries during the time I was sleeping, so I was never out of juice. After coming home and reviewing my shots, the clarity is amazing. I have not seen any other camcorder at this price accomplish this.