Sony have not been able to supply further dvd-r or dvd-rw discs. Therefore you are restricted to the capacity of the disc supplied with the camcorder. The software supporting the connection of the camcorder to the computer does not work. No reply from technical support. The camcorder is great but the administravtive backup is poor.
What a nifty little thing this is. Small enough to fit in your pocket, but with all the power you need. The zeiss lens gives crystal clarity to both moving and still images and super nightshot plus picks up images, that can barely be seen with the naked eye, in complete blackness thanks to infrared technology. I have only one complaint, and that is the price and availability of the 8cm dvd-rw discs. I bought a 5-pack of tdk ones which are easier to get hold of, then i use the simple usb pc connection to burn to standard dvd-rs, so hopefully i should never need more than those 5. The supplied editing software is also pretty good. Shame it doesn’t have a built-in zoom mic, but the ecm hs1 doesn’t cost the earth, so that’ll be my next purchase. I’m not, i’m just one extremely happy owner.
Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel
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- 8cm DVD-R/R/W recording
- 1.0 megapixel CCD
- 16:9 True Widescreen recording
- Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens
- 2.5″ Hybrid LCD monitor
- Colour viewfinder
- Super SteadyShot
- NightShot Plus
- 10 x optical (120 x digital zoom)
- M series InfoLITHIUM
- USB 2.0
- Analogue input
- Battery Info
- Start/stop button on LCD frame
- Multi-selector operation
This little gem is small, light and simple to use. My local sony centre supplied me with a couple of mini dvd-rw’s (none available on line) and off i went. The zoom is incredible with the assistance of super still shot. The still picture mode does require a steady hand though as still shot does not appear to be available when taking still photo’s. Hooking the 201 up to a computer was simple with the step by step guide. (simple that is, once i realised the camera needed to be in ‘play back’ mode before the computer could pick it up)the night shot facility is clever enough to eak out the last remnants of natural light before it looses colours and fades to black and white. Even at this point, sony have fitted super night shot plus that attempts to create colours when filming in the darkest of conditions. This is clever but cannot run steady shot mode simultaneously.
Thats exactly how i came into the world of camcorders. Having crossed the rubicon and purchased a sony digital camera earlier in the year, i felt it was time to do the same, and treat myself to a digital camcorder. I knew i wanted a sony, i’d always trusted the make, and friends who were more technically adept than me recommended them. But i went into this, as the title suggests, totally and utterly naive to this medium. Didn’t even know the difference between a dvd-rw and a dvd-r, so if you’re coming at the topic from this perspective read onso. Ignore that, go straight to the main event.
. I just wanted to say that this cam rocks and if ur thinking of buying a dvd cam this is what you realy need of price and value.
Sony DCR-DVD201E DVD Camcorder – USB2.0, Analogue-In, Widescreen, 1 Megapixel : Small, perfect picture, easy to use. I like the fact that you can put in a disk, record a bit of fun or something else and then just play it pack via the dvd player (avoiding the hassle of plugging in cables to the tv). The kids love it small size and also great stills capability.