Summary: I bought this so I can transfer my videos to my PC, everything works fine, except the fire-wire port, so I was unable to transfer my videos, don't know if it is the cable, my laptop or the port in the camera, other than that it is a good product.
Summary: I purchased this product to be able to save my movies onto a computer. Unfortunately, I didn't do enough research and even though this camera has a USB port on it you need a firewire to actually be able to transfer the videos to your computer. None of our computers (even the laptop purchased within the last month) come with a firewire port and so that and the cable are an extra $50+ expense. We'll probably resell the camera and purchase something different.
Summary: I recently found out that using old, recorded tapes and viewing them and downloading them on different Sony models of mini DV Camcorders is a problem. The tapes don't run correctly and the sound and picture is distorted. So be careful and replace your old Sony camcorder with the same, exact model or will have problems with your old, recorded tapes. You can call Sony technicians and verify this.
Summary: Just got this at the Sony Outlet at an amazing price (they wanted to get rid of this model)for $280. The outlet only sells "refurbished" items so I was kinda nervous in purchasing this from them. I got the $20 3-yr repair plan (do not bother with the replacement plan! AON Risk is the carrier and they are a hassle) just to cover myself. There were a few tiny scuff marks on the refurbed HC20 but other than that nothing else.
Summary: Have had this camera for 2 months now and it is the best video camera I have owned. Edited the video clips with imovie and pleased with the results. I would have given it 5 stars but, unlike the instructions state, I cannot upload any VHS tapes or 8MM tapes from the VCR or my old video because Sony does not make a 3 plug AV to 1394 adapter cable. I can download from the camera to the VCR or DVD recorder fine.
Summary: This camcorder is very small, light and cute. I tested it in my apartment in regular light. The picture was a little bit grainy, but not too much. Would llke to read comments of other people that have used this camcorder about low-light performance. The other issue I see is that you can make still pictures on the Mini-DV tape. However, the camera then records a 7-second sound byte, and there's no way to turn off that 7-second delay. That does not make any sense.
Summary: I bought this camera for my sister -- she had no camcorder experience. This camera is designed with that customer in mind, although it also has features that appeal to the amateur cinematographer. Perhaps the best feature is the hybrid touch-screen LCD. Instead of clustering a hopelessly confusing array of buttons next to the LCD (where you can't see them) Sony made the LCD viewscreen touch-sensitive.
Summary: I just got this camcorder yesterday and the unit is pretty impressive. It's very light has a comfy feel in your hand and took a 5 minute sequence of around my home and downloaded it on my comp using just the USB cable and I must say the quality is pretty acceptable. I encountered no dropped frames and the VCD quality as I said earlier is good. Have to try out the firewire output once I get the cable.