did not come with the power cord needed to operate it without batteries.
2 July 2013
Summary: This did not come with the power cord needed to operate it without batteries. Luckily this was a replacement, and I had the old power cord, which was included when I bought the original back in 2002. A separate shipment came with two batteries and a wall charger, but i still was wondering where my power cord is.
Summary: They give you this manual (actually two manuals). The first manual refers to you to the other manual. Then the other manual tells you in three places that the method for achieving USB stream (web cam and conferencing) is different depending on the model. That's all they tell you! Honest. The manual says "SET USB STREAM IN THE MENU SETTINGS OF YOUR CAMCORDER TO ON. The procedure of the menu settings varies depending on the model." Well, what's that supposed to mean?
Summary: I had a Sony and was very satisfied, so got this one a week ago. This is a very handy little camera and takes great video. There is only one problem. The video in low indoor light is very poor.
Summary: I didn't test this camcorder before I bought it. I wish I had. I thought it would be up to the usual high standards of Sony. For the most part the camcorder is good, however the performance is spoiled by the motor noise. It sounds like a little shaver. Some people can live with this, but for me I can do without it. So my advice is, go down to your local store and try it before you buy it cheaper from Amazon.