"Nice camera but some serious flaws"3.0 starson by milesmeyer
Pros: compact size, dvd format video, night vision
Cons: dvd does not always finalize, only 20-30 minute capacity
Summary: I bought this camcorder to replace a 10-year old hi-8 camcorder. I loved the small format and the fact that it produced dvds instead of the old tapes. The picture quality is good and the zoom lense works great. I also liked the night vision option. I was able to take the dvd out of the camera and play it directly on my Gateway computer but it would not play on a friend's computer. It was also easy to take the video from the dvd and edit it in Pinnacle Studio. Problems: mini-disk format will not play in my LG LDA-511 dvd player, dvd only has 20 minute capacity at high resolution, battery has a short life (45-60 minutes but runs out quickly since you are using it in standby mode), camera is slow to start recording if you had turned it off to save battery life, dvd may fail to finalize therefore you have lost everything that was recorded. I found out about the failure to finalize while on a trip to Cape Canaveral. We had spent the day sight seeing and I had recorded about 18 minutes of selected video. I placed the camcorder in standby accidently, (I thought it was off) and put it in the carry case. When I looked at it again it said that it had been jarred and the disk would not finalize. I have also noticed that when you set the disk to finalize, the camcorder may decide to go to sleep part way through to save battery life. This will also cause the disk to fail.