Great little camcorder. Easy to use. Good picture, video and night shots.
1 March 2012
Summary: This is small enough to carry in my bag. I was able to take a lot of pictures and video on the memory stick. It wsa very easy to transfer these to the computer. Night shot is good to capture images of those pesty deer at night! After a snow storm, I got great photos of the landscape that I made into holiday cards. I love using the video recording and being able to take still pictures at the same time.
Summary: I first purchased this Sony MiniDV in Octocber of 2004. I had considered other formats such as recordable DVD's and even tapeless but in the end I went with the MiniDV format since I had a good experience with a prior Sony MiniDV model. In 4 plus years, this DCRPC109 has been a very good "foot soldier" for me. Very reliable in many situations and able to get the scenes I need. What I liked most about this video camera is its small size along with the tiny MiniDV tapes.
Summary: After I recorded a few tapes using this brand new camcorder bought from Amazon, it got snowflake-like noise all over LCD screen. Since I did not use it for the first month after I got it, I could not return it and had to send it to SONY repair center for service. After I got it back, it constantly complains about dirty video head and I have to use a cleaning tape each time it does that. My worst experience with any electronics I ever had.
Summary: I've had this little guy for about 9 months now, and I have no major complaints. While this camcorder suits the needs of those who want good performance in filming normal activities, it may fall short of higher expectations. I bought this camcorder because it is small, compact, good-looking, and has a touch-panel feature (highly amusing and useful). The 1.0 Megapixel picture quality becomes pretty obvious during playback, though.
Summary: I've owned so many Sony products, this one is a dud. Someone already mentioned the horrible placement of the power in, the little rubber flipper gets in the way of everything. The PicturePackage software is a complete joke. SonyCopy.exe crashes every time I try to open my pictures. The lens cover is not automatic, and needs to be open no matter what you want to do. If its not open, it screams 'cover not open' at you until you MANUALLY open it.
Summary: I replaced a 7 year old Canon HI8 camcorder with this one. I've had the 109 for a couple of months now and here are my comments. GOOD: Size: It is really small and compact. Well built and solid. Motor noise: My camera has no motor noise. Absolutely none. I have seen some reviews that say their camera has motor noise. My suggestion is, if you get one that does, replace it. Perhaps you got an early one or a gray market?
Summary: I bought this in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during a camera fair. I guess the most important thing to me was size, as I wanted to make sure the camera was with me as often as possible. Having a small camcorder REALLY increases its utilisation, as it's not much of a bother to bring it with you to most places. I felt it would have been a pity to spend all that cash on something and yet not fully utilise it. I have had it for 2 months and have since used up 6 miniDV tapes.
Summary: I just got this camcorder, and played with it about an hour, so it might be a bit premature for a detailed review. Yet, my first impression was "wow". It is slick, compact and good-looking. That was until I inserted the tape. Someone said there is no motor noise. Not ture. This is really major drawback especially for me since one of the major reason I bought this was to replace my aged Samsung SD60, which had an excessive background noise.
Summary: I have been researching camcorders for the past six weeks since my son was born. I wanted something that was small, took high quality video, was "connectable" to my PC and would not be outdated 20 minutes after I bought it. While I have only had it for about a week now, I am very pleased. I'll try to convey a few of my thoughts: Firstly, I am not affiliated with Sony in any way.