With some exception to the response item #1 at http://www.camcorderinfo.com/bbs/t27507.html I pretty much agree with the response. The diatribe about MPEG 2 and such washes away as its just the storage format your DVD players use. It will have to be that file format and people who know about XVid, DivX and other encoding amy turn up their noses at this standard. Ignore that since to make a compatible DVD, that's how its done. The rest pretty much is spot on. Short record times, short battery life and such.
If you have a PC, almost any Digital-8 or DV-can can work nicely. DVD recorders for a desktop run about 79 to 149 dollars and firewire cards are cheap.
Please help. My wife and I are about to have our first child, and I would like to buy a camcorder in the very near future to film home movies. I have been looking hard at the Sony DVD 100, but it seems to have very mixed reviews... of course, there doesn't seem to be a standout "best" camera either.
My reasons for wanting the DVD camera are that I told that it is very easy to film a video, make a movie, and then copy it to DVDs to watch at home or send to the grandparents. I am also told I can use the camera to copy old VHS movies to DVDs as well.
Please advise if you think this is the right way to go, or if I would be better off with something like the Sony DCR-TRV80, 33, or 22.