Summary: Sony usually produces a god product. However, within four months of purchase we began having problems. First was over brightness compensation as if night light feature was on constantly. Turning the camcorder off and on again several times would finally reset the unit to properly function. Then two months after that the camcorder intermittently would stop excepting tapes even though more then half the tape had played.
Summary: I bought this to replace the one I had. I use it to watch and convert home movies made during the days of Tape cassettes. This model plays both Digital 8 and Hi8 cassettes and has digital connections to allow easy conversion to digital media via USB. Using a USB connection, you can stream a tape into your computer software (Sony Vegas XXX, Cyberlink Director XX, Nero XX etc) and save, label; and you're done.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder to transfer some old VHS and 8mm tapes to my computer. Using a firewire cable, I was able to transfer all my 8mm tapes directly to my computer. I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to capture the footage via firewire, and the software was able to control the camera. This was great because I could skip segments that I did not want to transfer. I also hooked up a VCR to the camcorder and recorded those onto a digital Hi8 tape.