Summary: This is a great little camcorder. It is great for video tranfer to DVD because we can play 8mm, Hi-8, and Digital 8 tapes from it. It has the S-Video out port so we can send out at Y/C resolution insteaad of just composite.
Summary: whoefully disapointed with the quality of the video coming from the usb connection. the analogue outs are much much better. so here we have a situation where the analogue is better than the digital out. plan on buying a video capture card in order to get decent video to your pc.
Summary: This camera works just fine; and despite having a few too many bells and whistles for my taste, the picture is as good as my trusty eight year old Sony camcorder that died last summer. BUT!!!... Be aware that the USB streaming capability that is touted as a selling point is absolutely useless.
Summary: This is an extremely versatile bit of technology, with a lot of very clever features. It's backward compatible with Hi-8, and has a useful digital pass-through capability that makes it invaluable in editing other video sources.
Summary: I wanted to give this camera Five Stars because it is splendid, but there are hidden costs associated with this camera that I was dissapointed to find out about, so it is only getting 4 stars. Read on to learn more. The camera itself is fine.
Summary: From first impressions....this is a great camera.It is rich in features and well priced for the consumer market, particularly for those folks with a lot of old 8mm tapes that you haven't yet converted to VHS or digital.
Unless you only shoot outdoors, avoid this camcorder...
22 April 2002
Summary: This is the 3rd camcorder I've owned, and it's my second Sony... I purchased this camcorder and returned it within a day. The first shots I filmed were in the sunlight. Picture quality was bright, vivid, and sharp with great detail and skin tone.
Summary: I have had two Sony camcorders in the past 12 years. The first one lasted 10 and the second fell way short at only 2. I tested out a Sharp 151u and a JVC GR-SXM740U both were bombs. Sharps video playback was less then poor and JVC had the worst sound quality ever.
Summary: I use this camcorder for family shots. I purchased it because I wanted a camera that had DVin/out and that was compatible with my old Hi8 analogue tapes. So far, I've never used DVin and haven't tried an analogue tape in it. However, digital tape into Adobe Premiere 6.5 works a dream.
Excerpt: Wanting to start to study filmmaking as a hobby, I was deperately looking for a digital camera that would not cost me an arm and a leg. Two months I have been looking. This camera actually came as a big surprise!