Summary: This has been a great little camcorder. We bought this one to help with a problem in our original DCR-HC40. It has stopped charging the battery. Now that we have this one, It has been determined that the problem is in the camera not the battery or charger. The price and included parts make this a really good way to extend the life of a fairly dependable product from Sony. We have enjoyed the performance of this handy little device. Ebay has come through for us again!
Summary: I just needed a small camcorder for making video game movies and this fits that. My laptop recognized it right away. Transfer is good and I have not had any problems with this DV Camcorder. The only complaint that I do have is the touch screen. I prefer actual buttons, but the camcorder is still easy to use.
Summary: I just purchased this camera about a week ago and I received it a few days ago. The camera is absolutely wonderful. Even though people say the bottom loading tape is bad, I think it is actually a good feature. It makes the camera less bulky and it is so easy to carry around because the tape isn't top loading. I love the size and it's so convenient. I'm used to bulky cameras and this is way better. The touch screen feature is great.
Summary: am happy with this camera because it has what I need. I needed a camera that takes crisp and clear video with nice vibrant color. There are limitations to the camera, such as the Sony handicaps that won't allow universalism, and the constant changing of modes when you wish to do utilize the other options. With the camera's capture capabilities, and the accessory microphone that I picked up, for me this is a great camera, and will last years in my house.
Summary: Over the past 35 years that I have been shooting video, it has come a long way. Comparing this to the RCA TK-76 "Minicam" that I shot tv news with on 3/4" in 1977 is fun: 1/100 the cost and double the scan lines. Oh, and 1/80th the weight not including the 40 pound recorder. At first, I didn't think something this size could work this well. I needed something quick and inexpensive to do video cuts for inserting into PowerPoint.
Summary: Realy it is a very powerfull Mini-DV camcorder but: Positive Points: Video Quality = High Video Resources, like effects, editing,etc.= High Battery duration = High (I will not buy other one) Dummie mode operation = Very Cool Negative Points: Poor quality images when you take picture Be careful to not loose the CD with Installation software, because you will not find this on the internet (Picture Package.