Summary: The Sony DCR-HC52 is a perfectly capable little camcorder, but its recording format is beginning to show its age. Frankly, your money would be better spent on something younger and hipper. (Mini DV, your time is nearly up.
Pros: Attractive price point, 40x optical zoom, solid user interface
Cons: Performed poorly in low light, flash memory and DVD models can be bought just as cheaply