Broken After 18 months, Otherwise *Great*, (note sarcasm)
Henri F. Mamet "Mametzilla", Amazon
12 March 2008
Summary: I once thought this was a great camcorder for all the reasons already noted. Great video and audio quality, easy to use, good price. But guess what? It's broken and out of warranty, and in order to even get a quote on the cost to fix it, I must send it to Sony, because Sony doesn't allow anyone but Sony repair their cameras any more.
Summary: This might be the worst product ever. What good is a camcorder if it is virtually impossible to get the video onto your computer. The support is horrid; the software is worse. Stay away from this one. Too bad really, most of my previous electronics equipment was made by Sony, but I will NEVER buy them again.
Summary: As an owner of the Sony DCR-HC30 model DV Handicam, I want to warn everyone about my horrible experience with this product line. Design and feature-wise, these Handicams are great. The problem is, they are built like junk. From the day I opened my box, I got a message that told me that the heads were dirty and needed to be cleaned. In retrospect, I should have returned it for a replacement then and there.
If you buy this, do yourself a favor GET EXTENDED WARRANTY
S. Martin "Dont like Sony", Amazon
27 September 2005
Summary: If you get a year of use out of this camera, you will be lucky. Sony is notorious for faulty camcorders, specifically the faulty ccd board. You can do a search and find a recurring theme about the horrible quality and poor customer service from Sony. There are plenty of other companies that make a qualitiy camcorder, but Sony isnt one of them. If you MUST get a Sony, make sure to factor in the 3 year extended warranty in the price, since you WILL need it.
Summary: I bought one of the Sony miniDV cams and it lasted less than a year with minimal use. A google search will show you how many others have had this problem. Sony wants more than the price of the camera to even look at it. Do your homework before you buy one of these lemons.
Stoped working, Doesn't record at all, To fix it, Sony wants $269.00
22 June 2005
Summary: I purchased like this model last year DCR-HC40 on 6-11-2004. It stoped working on 06-22-05. The record button is matfunctioning, So it is not able to record. Also it discharges the fully charged battery, as soon you hit the record button. So when you press record button, it swithes the mode to memory card(like on/off switch does) & discharges battery to 3 min. If you keep on external power, than it keep on swicting between tape/memory card on record button press.