Summary: It was 2013 when I bought this camera so it's pretty much obsolete, however I was a new video student at the time and needed something to learn and practice on that was relatively inexpensive. This camera delivers full 1080p AVCHD picture quality and has manual exposure settings and full manual controls via a joystick on the side. For anyone looking to learn videography on a budget this camera is a great route to go.
Summary: We have had this camera for a few years now, and its no longer being made. It works fine and takes an excellent picture, except in poor light, but they all are that way to some extent. There are two items to be aware of. FIrst, the camera stores HD material in the AVCHD format, and this is shared with Sony. But some editing software may not support it, so check your preferred editing software first to ensure that you can work with the files the camera generates.
Great Camera...If you plan on using it to play your videos forever.
1 January 2013
Summary: The video quality and sound quality are great. The size is great and the ease of use is great, but there is one HUGE problem.... You can't format it to DVD or Blu Ray. I tried using the included software and have downloaded countless other versions to no avail. Don't bother if you want to make videos with your memories.
Summary: This is my first digital camcorder purchase. I was lucky enough to get it at a huge discount when Circuit City (sorry amazon) was closing its doors. After using it on a road trip: outdoors, indoors, in a moving car, in a cave - I would have gladly paid full price. The software that comes with the camcorder leaves much to be desired. I use Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate and it works great. The movies and pictures that I have captured have been nothing short of excellent.
Summary: This camera does not do well in dim lights at all. Best shooting is outside. However my computer no longer recognizes the usb, and I have purchased a new cord and tried on three different computers. The customer service is beyond terrible, and they wanted to charge $228 to look at the camcorder that I purchased 13 months ago (which is out of 1 year warranty). Keep in mind that was the quote to look at the camcorder, not to fix it.
Summary: This arrived just in time to take to a Robotic Competition our son was in with a team from school. We had one day to learn how to use it. That was no problem, as this camera was easy to use. It has a lot of functions, but it also recommends which to use, and how to. For example, when using it to video the family building an igloo in the snow, it recommended using "smart contrast" and with a display on the screen, told me how to do that.
Average hardware, horrible software makes a painful combination
Alexey Leonidov, Amazon
5 January 2010
Summary: The video taken by the camera is good, but doesn't stand out from that taken by any other HD camcorder. The software (HD Writer 2.5), on the other hand, is outstandingly bad. In the digital realm, software is inseparable from hardware (one is useless without the other), hence the entire package gets 2 stars. The software gives you limited editing options and is next to useless for making DVDs from recorded video.