|SONY HANDYCAM DCR-DVD108 - SILVER / BLACK - CAMCORDER WITH EXTRAS|
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|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DVD, DVD+RW (8cm), DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm)|
|Sensor Type||Advanced HAD CCD|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||1.9mm - 76mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||30 mm|
|Lens Manufacturer||Carl Zeiss|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||3 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/6 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||HQ, LP, SP|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.3"|
|Display Type||With LCD Screen|
|Screen Details||LCD display - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x S-Video output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, Composite video/audio output, USB|
|Expansion Slot||Memory Stick Duo|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||MS Windows 2000, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Sony NP-FH40|
|Effective Still Resolution||0.3 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||0.3 MP|
|Digital Video Format||MPEG-2|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Color Viewfinder, Still Shot Capability, Touch-Screen Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
Average review score based on 19 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Due to my line of work, I've been buying a lot of cameras, and for the most part this camera is the best of the bunch, due in no small part to the Sony branded "nightshot". The camera is simple to use, and as an added benefit, gives you warning or dummy messages on screen should something be wrong ("lens cover is closed"). But, before I go into all the pros of this device, let me start by listing the cons (and what I did to "fix" them)
1. Video storage is on a mini DVD. You will not be able to record lengthy video without having to change the disc every 30 minutes, followed by a minute or two of disc recognition and formatting. Your best option is to buy a three pack of rewrite-able discs.
2. Photographs are not stored on the disc used for movies but rather on a Memory Stick Pro Duo, NOT a standard SD card. Being a Sony product, Sony likes to, well, keep things Sony. There is a work-around for this, and it's great: buy a memory stick adapter, costs about $2; this adapter can hold two mini SD cards, giving you a lot more storage space for your pictures than what a memory stick would, and it's a heck of a lot cheaper.
3. Battery life is weak. Depending on what you're doing, you can extend the life, but for my the battery lasts 1 1/2 hours while filming in nightshot mode. Buying an extended life battery will double or triple the use time of the camera.
4. The night vision is an outstanding feature, but I was not impressed with its range (10 / 15 feet indoors for good quality). With the inclusion of an IR illuminator, the range is greatly increased (50+ of excellent quality, indoor).
This is a Sony camera, and if it's one thing I've learned, sometimes buying a product based on name is worth it. Excellent picture and video quality. Night vision is outstanding. Sound quality is perfect (at least to my untrained ears). The camera records movies in a standard format, which can be played straight from disc on your PC either by inserting the disc or connecting the USB cable. The controls are easy to learn and are all logically arranged. The screen is also a touch screen, which is a wonderful feature, allowing you to adjust things in the dark.
Would I buy this camera again? If I can't find a night vision camcorder that doesn't take discs as a storage device, yes, yes I would. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone.
I have had quite a few camcorders over the years (none of them Sony), and when I was looking for a new one, I did my usual 3-4 weeks of researching, etc. I chose the Sony DVD handycam because it was easy to use, the menu was pretty straightfoward, it had a 40x optical zoom (compared to 32x) and it was DVD. I was skeptical about the dvd part because I had heard about the minimal recording time, etc but I didn't understand the different disk formats I guess. Anyway, I am very pleased with this camcorder, and being able to shoot in a 16:9 format is also a nice feature I didn't even think about at first. So, although I am new to Sony camcorders, I am really enjoying this one.
The camcorder is great. The condition is excellent. Looks and works like new. I bought this product because I don't like to store videos in the computer or in SD cards. With this camcorder I can easily transfer videos to DVDs and still have the original in the mini disk which is real easy to store.
Several years ago I bought a Sony DVD Handycam and loved it. After several years of hard use and probably 500hrs. of recording the screen went out. I desided I wanted another on and so I bought the one I have now. As far as the price goes, I couldn't beat it. The picture quality is excellent and being able to watch the videos on a DVD player is an incredible bonus.
If I had to say there is/was a drawback to the one I bought is that it didn't come with the program disk and for some reason I cannot download the program from Sony. I haven't given up and soon will certainly devote more time to being able to put the movies on my computer, just right now all I can do is make the movies and watch them on my DVD player.....
bought this unit to use for dog training. easy to use didn't need manual has touch screen easy to change from movie to pic's. after using this unit my other one that uses tapes will stay in it case. yes would buy this unit again