However, the viewing angle has become a very big problem in that it does not pan out wide enough for a lot of shots. Otherwise i think it is a great buy for the price. Another thing to not though is the ability of it to take still photos. It is really cool that after you are done filming, there is still space allotted on the dvd so you can add still photos to the movie you just created. The photos will be displayed at the end of the movie like a slideshow. It is a really nice way to end a viewing and the camera sets it all up by itself. That is a very cool feature.
I recently purchased this camcorder, and am very happy with it–happy enough that i wanted to address some of the perceived negatives in other reviews. From jemaer_rf’s helpful review:cons:- average low light performancei disagree – i find the low light performance to be excellent. This is also borne out by comparative tests published in _consumer reports_’ camcorder evaluation issue. – no memory stick support; if you want to take a still picture, it is saved on the dvd. This is true–but hardly a disadvantage: surely more people have dvd-rom drives than memory stick readers. – mic picks up dvd spinning noise in quiet environments. This is true: you will have to live with this or choose another camcorder. I’d be curious to know if this is the case with other dvd camcorders. – finalizing a dvd takes upwards of 10 minutes, and it can be a confusing process. It takes about 3 minutes, assuming the disc is full.
Sony DCRDVD100 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 2.5″ LCD and Digital Still Capability (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- DVD digital camcorder with 640 x 480 pixel imaging
- 10x optical, 120x digital zoom with Super SteadyShot image stabilization
- 2.5-inch touch-panel color swivelscreen LCD display
- High speed USB 2.0 interface for computer connection
- NightShot 0 Lux infrared system with color mode for recording in total darkness
We bought this camcorder just before christmas. We did not plan on buying it so i didnt have time to research it before we purchased. The reason we went with the dvd100 is that my hubby,who is electronics illiterate, loved the idea of instant playback on our dvd players. My inlaws are from out of state; so this has been a great way to share videos of the children with them. Lolthe still images are poor; even a little worse than i expected which is a bit disappointing. Like most people, i have a separate 4mp digi-cam for stills so this wasn’t a huge set back; although it would have been handy to be able to snap a few stills without missing a beat. The ease of use is very good. It took about 5 minutes to learn basic recording. I do recommend that you use the manual. There are a few things to learn for optimized use. I’m not sure where the folks are who cannot find media. I have had no problem with this at all. Of course,i purchased a few 3 packs of the dvd-rs with the cam. I was at a large chain electronics store just yesterday 3-4-04 and saw plenty of media on the shelves.
While this camera has drawbacks, and it does have them, on balance, it’s a good buy. I am replacing a trv-340 (digital 8). I had no problems with that camera, but my wife, who is technologically illiterate, could not understand the process of finding the cables and hooking the camcorder to the tv and playing the tapes, or hooking it to the computer (or standalone dvd recorder) and burning the tape to dvd to watch. So she saw this camera and liked the idea. So we spent the money, brought it home, and lo and behold, used our first dvd-rw (8 cm) disk. We recorded a few clips over a few minutes. We popped it out and put it in the small portable dvd player that we have, and sure enough it played (without finalizing). She was happy, and as a consequence, i was happy. Drawbacks: it sucks down a lot more juice than my tape camcorder. I get barely 60 minutes per 50-sized battery, according to the screen.
The dcr-dvd100 is the ‘value’ entry of the recently released line of minidvd camcorders from sony. Other models in this line are the dcr-dvd300 and dcr-dvd200. The main difference the three camcorders in this line are lcd size and ccd resolution:- dcr-dvd300: 3. 5′ lcd, 1mp ccd- dcr-dvd200: 2. 5′ lcd, 1mp ccd- dcr-dvd100: 2. 5′ lcd, 640k ccdpros:- records dolby digital stereo. – video quality almost at par with minidv camcorders (at slower recording modes). – super steadyshot image stabilization system – and sony’s system really helps.
Sony DCRDVD100 MiniDVD Handycam Camcorder with 2.5″ LCD and Digital Still Capability (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : I’ve purchased dvd200 from sony in nov’03. 1) the clarity and resolution are really good. 2) it is very easy to play back on tvcons. 1) mic picks up noise from spinning disc2) 1m digital camera is simpy useless (only if you never saw a dig camera, then you may appreciate this)3) dvd r/w media (dmw30)is not available in market, even at sony.
We are extremely pleased with this new sony product. We went with the 100 series only because of price. We found the mini dvd-r and dvd-rw discs very difficult to find during the christmas shopping season, but i did find some discs and used our camcorder for the first time at christmas with our family. It was very simple to operate, made an exceptional quality recording which, after 1 minute of finalizing (quite simple actually), played in our dvd player perfectly.How much more convenient can it get?. No a/v wires, no special connections to hook up to your tv to play your 8mm, etc. , just plain simplicity — go right from the camcorder to your dvd. I am very excited to use the movie editing software included with the camcorder to edit, print stills, etc. What more could you ask for than a movie/still digital camcorder that records on, above all, dvd discs?.It can’t get much simpler than that.