The Sony DVDirect does an admirable job of transferring footage directly from a camcorder to a DVD without using a PC, but editing capabilities are sacrificed for the sake of simplicity.
Although it's pricey, the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 is a boon for anyone who has lots of old videotapes but less time or tech skills to digitize them using a computer. Even better, it doubles as an external DVD burner, so you can use it with your PC long after you've transferred all those old tapes.
The Sony VRD-MC6 is a standalone DVD burner that can capture video (and photos!) from just about any source, including camcorders, VCRs, and memory cards.
Sony's new VRD-MC5 DVDirect offers HD support and additional features.
New non-PC DVD recorder is on the way from Sony.