Summary: You just know that something which brands itself as having an '800x zoom' and 'nightshot plus' is a result of zealous marketing aimed at people who always go for the snappy terms and big numbers to impress their friends. To be fair to Sony, it seems as if all equipment nowadays is pushed using this tactic, so I will instead judge this camera on its own merits. The camera is extremely light and very portable. It fits nicely in the hand, and ergonomics are good.
Summary: Bought this - a first camcorder - in December 2006. It is an excellent device. Picture quality on hq is very good, but the still images are disappointingly grainy. We have connected it to a Sony HD recorder with ease. The LCD screen and controls are a technophobe's dream. Very pleased.
Summary: If you want to point and shoot this is a great camcorder. So easy to use, and great results. Impressed with the low light level shooting, and steady cam features. Comes with a battery that when fully charged has about 3 hours life, so we may be upgrading that. Has all the cables so that you can play on a tv, and a one touch dvd burn facility if you just want to do a quick data backup. Money well spent in my view!
Excerpt: This small handy digital camcorder is a point-and-shoot model offering a number of great technologies such as Green/blue screen, Stabilization, light capture technology and touchscreen editing as well as a powerful zoom in/out, All-Weather body design. Sometimes water and photography are a bad combination, limiting outdoor photography options when rain, snow or sleet are involved. However, this digital camcorder can go virtually anywhere.
Pros: slim, waterproof camera and offers antishake