Pros Easy to use. Don't have to convert analog to digital signal first.
Cons Only one hour of video will fit on a DVD. Disks won't play on older DVD players.
Summary This is exactly what I've been looking for. Before you had to download your tapes to your computer and use hardware to convert the analog tape to a digital signal That's why I never bothered. But I have 30 or 40 old VHS tapes of home movies that I know won't last forever. Plus I have a bunch of Hi8 tapes as well. When I saw this in the store I figured it was too good to be true. But I finally broke down and bought one. It's very easy to use. Just plug and record. I love this machine. And I paid $199 for it which I don't think is too much at all. The only downside is that you need two DVDs to hold the info from one tape. I guess if you recorded it at a lower quality it would fit on one DVD but why sacrifice the quality?
Pros easy interface, preview screen, no pc needed, input options, speed
Cons basic pc software, no disc gauge, bulky, price
Summary This does exactly what it is advertised to do, make dvd's from multiple inputs without the need of a computer. The menu is very easy to use and basic. For someone that just wants to skip the hassle of using a pc to make a dvd, this is the item for you. It is pricey, but it does a great job and if you plan on making a lot of dvds it is well worth it.
Pros No PC required, decent copy speed
Cons Not robust even with Sony camera inputs; unimaginative engineering; poor for 3rd gen product
Summary This is Sony's third attempt but lame. Can not be used to migrate photos from Sony's own DVD cameras. Can use to compile videos on single disc but no indication of remaining space/time so you can plan. However if you try to add something it can detect when not enough space is available - go figure! Documentation does not match actual Sony Handycam camera menus (at least in USB mode).
"Worthless garbage"on by Zarella1
Pros Records very good video
Cons DVD`s burned on it can`t be copied.
No way to tell if audio is recording.
Summary How can Sony copyright content they don`t own.
Worthless! I have clients asking why they can`t make
copies of the video I recorded with my camera of them.
What`s the point of making a DVD you can`t make copies of.
No more Sony products for me
Pros no PC required and great video transfers
Cons bulky and long time to set up
Summary Reliable and does exactly what it´s supposed to do