Summary: I had the camera for about 2 years before I got the dreaded 'C32 errors' Sometimes the cassette door won't open, sometimes it won't close. If I get it to close, I get the message "reinsert tape" message. Googling the error comes up with a couple of fixes 1) slam it down on the table a couple of times (this works for awhile) or 2) send it back to Sony where they will charge you the original purchase price - 9$ to fix it.
Summary: We got this camera for a christmas gift when I was pregnant with my son, seeing as how it was my first child, I wanted a video camera to capture his life! I had a sony before and it was knocked over onto a hard floor by my young nephew and it quit working, but I know I like sony cameras. This camera had all the features I wanted, and it was a good price. Unfortunately it stopped working after just a couple uses.
Summary: I wanted a small handycam that ghad a lot of options. Somethat that my wifw could use . this camera ia an easy option on it whice makes it some simple. Alos i got it for a great price. I havent found any cons yet therefore i must give this camera a star rating.
Summary: Purchased this for paranormal investigations. Unit takes very nice night videos. Stabilization is very good since I have a shaky hand. Zoom/Wide button could be in a different position as I have accidentally hit it a few times. Haven't tried the photo feature as of yet so no comment on that.
Summary: This is a good all around mini-DV camcorder. The only problem I have seen is that, on playback, the color appears to be slightly washed out and not quite as bright as it looked in person. (I am using Sony tapes) It is easy to use and instruction manual is easy to follow. Edited: As of Nov. 2009, the camera started giving me the dreaded C:31:23 "please re-insert the cassette" error. It mostly does this in playback mode.
Summary: I have had this camera for a few months now and I have been pleased. Verily. I don't use it a ton, which is why I wanted to get a cheaper camera rather than paying like $47 million for a hard drive camera. I've had no issues with it so far. I just hooked it into my laptop (which probably helps that that is a Sony too.) via firewire and used the windows movie maker and voila! It takes the video automatically (or manually) right off the camera for editting.
Summary: I took several months to research cameras and finally thought I would settle on this camera. I was wrong - I didn't settle, I totally satisfied my desire for a video camera. Pro's: Compact design / easy to use / works great in low-light / works great inside or outside / effective zoom / the fire-wire connection works seamlessly with iMac and iMovie / provides great sound / clear video - even on my 720p TV / lots of options like still photo, time lapse, and other video...