Summary: The Sony handycams are easy to use and have a good piture with outdoor lighting. Inside the shadow and color details are somewhat lost. Tape is still a good idea as one need not worry about emptying the hard drive - just store the tape for future viewing or re-use. Tape is still better quality than the DVDs that are made from it.
Summary: I was looking for a real small videocamera, one no larger than my hand to take personal and intimate video, one that was also zero lux capable to record in dark places. It also had to have still camera capabilities for those delicate close-up shots and this camcorder really fits the bill. I was able to get it at a good price and it works fine. What more can you ask of a product. My wife loves it too as it's so small that she can put it in her purse.