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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD610--Grainy Images on Recorded DVD

I would appreciate any help or advice about the problem I'm having with my brand new Sony Handycam Model DCR-DVD610. It's my first camcorder, and I went with the DVD type, so I could easily transport the DVD instead of having to take the entire camera for playback.

I was SO disappointed after recording 30 minutes of video of my daughter, only to play it back in my DVD player to find horribly grainy images that look like it was filmed in 1983 with an old 8mm camera. I was shocked at how poor the quality was--an old videotape I have from 1998 taped on an old camcorder looked better!

I tried both Sony DVD-R and Sony DVD+RW recordable media, and even tried different discs to make sure it wasn't a bad disc. I have set and reset the recording settings, got no help from Sony online with the problem and am basically at the end of my rope as what to do.

I am so saddened that my very first camcorder purchase--that I researched online for weeks--is so bad. I feel like I'm missing important recorable moments with my daughter because I don't want to even bother recording with such bad results.

Any advice on why the image quality is so grainy and poor? THANK YOU!!

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Grainy results usually stem from inadequate light.

In reply to: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD610--Grainy Images on Recorded DVD

The camera is amplifying the light that it does get in an attempt to obtain a viewable image. The high level of amplification adds electronic noise to the image. Try recording your daughter in well illuminated outdoor settings to see if your results improve.

Cameras that are able to operate in low light situations are more expensive because of what is needed to obtain decent results.

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Another main reason...

In reply to: Sony Handycam DCR-DVD610--Grainy Images on Recorded DVD

It is a DVD camcorder. This is the worst format available right now in terms of video quality. The other thing you can do is what Kiddpeat said.

If there is any possibility, TAKE IT BACK ASAP and exchange it for something much better.

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Thanks so much!

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I've been thinking for a while that it could be poor lighting that could be a factor. Thanks for the tip!

I SO wish I could return the item, but I bought it from and the return policy has exceeded the time limit.

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And... though you said

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you tried all the different settings, you pretty much need to ignore all but the highest quality video setting. Any lower quality video setting compresses the video way too much and reduces the video quality.

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