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: 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 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: 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.
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 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: First off, I was caught off guard on the size of this handycam, it's truly compact - more like a pocket size videocam, you can actually put it in the palm of your hands comfortably. One of the major criteria I was looking for in camcorders was the digital picture quality (for both still & motion) and the market price. I know things can get real fancy but I don't want to mortgage my house just to have a camcorder.
Sony Handycam DCR PC9 is light, portable and reliable.
1 September 2011
Excerpt: Now as a digital Handycam I cannot fault it. You can't use it as a professional recording camera, but then why would you try, it's quite simply a high quality DV cam that you can fit inside the pocket of most jackets it's that portable. The recorded video can easily be watched back on a large screen without trouble, Its only a 1/3rd CCD camera so the colour isn't as crisp as some of its more expensive counterparts, but at the same time delivers better quality then...
Excerpt: OUT OF THE BOX -> Sony DCR-PC9E -> Wireless Remote Control & Batteries -> AC Power Adapter -> NP-FM30 batter pack -> USB cable -> Memory Stick -> AV connecting cable -> Lens cap -> CD-Rom with USB drivers and editing software -> Cleaning Cloth ->21-Pin adaptor (EU only) STYLE/BUILD QUALITY This beauty often generates comments like ''Oooh that's a nice camera'' & ''Wow, you have everything...cool!''.
Pros: Perfect small camcorder size, not too heavy, great 'steadyshot', plenty of features and accessories
Excerpt: I bought this product over a year ago now, in Dubai, and have been using it constantly for various occasions. The camera works great, with its compact and ergonomic design, its easy to use, and comfortable to hold. The camera's functions are accessed via a touch screen display, again, simplistic even for a beginner... As shown by my father!
Pros: Compact, easy to use, great looks, brilliant video quality
Cons: Digital photograph quality poor in bad light