Ancient news I know but it may help the retro freak like me. I just bought one (April 2022) and have tested it out. My only complaint is it doesn't have a USB or Firewire port, so you'll have to process tapes to PC via another MiniDV camcorder (I use my Panasonic NV-GS400, and Windows Movie Maker, still working under Windows 10 and 11). Pros: massive viewfinder, no need for LCD screen; total manual control; every button and feature conceivable; lightweight; metal body. Cons: no USB/Firewire port(see above); playback controls accessed under a flip-lid. Still a lovely object, great to handle. A retro masterpiece.