Summary: Bought this over a year ago, and although I've not thoroughly "wrung it out" for testing, I've discovered some positive and negatives I figured I'd share here. Pluses: - Quite nice having higher quality, stereo audio recording integrated with HD video recording. In the past, I used a Tascam DR-1 (handheld digital recorder) with a Sony Cybershot (DSC-HX5 model), then married up the audio and video in Sony Vegas software.
Summary: Can the LS-20M broadcast live (via 3G, 4G or wi-fi) WITHOUT a pc like the Sony Bloggie Live or your cell phone can? If so, can the user select their choice of sites (YouTube, Livestream, U-stream, etc etc) or are they restricted to a specified website (like Qik if you buy the Sony Bloggie Live)?
Summary: I use this recorder pretty regularly, and it serves me quite well. That said, there are some issues: 1. Except if fixed on a tripod, recording video is awkward. The camera is on the top of the device, which simply is the best place for it. 2. Battery life is marginal. Not a problem if you can keep it plugged in, but otherwise... it's a problem. 3. Video quality is not bad, but not very good either. I still end up using my other video camera. 4.
Summary: I see nobody else seems to have any issues with this recorder. I love the fact I can direct line in for Audio and yes it does a great job with the audio recording from sound board to recorder on tripod. The Video picture as well looks great on the unit. I really was depending on this unit to do small music video for clients as promos. Its a inexspensive great way to do good quality video.
Summary: I bought this thinking it would be great to have portable video while I'm recording grad lectures... On the audio record setting with the LCD turned off this thing yielded a record time of about 4 hours before dying. For me, with 8 hour classes, this doesn't work. I imagine having multiple batteries will become a hassle too as the life of a lithium battery drops sharply in a month or two. Let me just say the battery is flimsy (size wise).
Summary: I have had this recorder a week and may update after more experience but here are some initial notes. If you have a LS-10 do not expect the nice looking metal body, expect not near as nice plastic, but it gets the job done. The menu works fine for me, easy to use after a small amount of time invested. The lens zooms from "wide' to digital 4x telephoto. "Wide" is a misnomer, it is about the equivalent of a 60mm lens on a 35mm camera.