Wonderful pocket camcorder - unbelievable space and zoom
Jamie Mackay "Don't question my insanity", Amazon
30 November 2011
Summary: My first camcorder, have had it for some time now. Completely infallible - have filmed countless family occasions with it with huge success. The 60GB hard drive is brilliant - I have never been forced to delete videos because the drive is becoming too full. Quality is very good indeed, and the controls are simple but very effective. Probably the best feature of all is the incredible 60x optical zoom, which is almost certainly the highest of any camcorder I have seen.
Summary: since owning this camcorder (1.5yrs) have used it countless times and the results have been excellent. an additional wide angle lens meant we could just leave it running over christmas present unwrapping fixed to a tripod. it is easy to use, light and compact. about to buy 2nd battery as have been asked to do a wedding video, the first was a huge success. totally recommend.
Summary: The Pros: Ok firstly just want to say this is a gr8 little Cam! The Picture is a decent quality, the sound is good too, (with zooming mic...makes for better sound) The Battery is......so so, however we purchased the extra life battery (also on Amazon)and that really boosts performance. The Camera itself is easy to use, the menus are simple, it even has an EASY MODE for the less technically savvy.
Summary: So small and compact, yet with all the features I need to date. Good size HDD storage, fair battery life with standard battery, larger batteries available. Good stills facility. Copes well with back-lit subjects.
Summary: I bought this camera some time ago and it performs very well but I have just tried to transfer my video to my mac for the first time and it seems to be that this is not an option and the only alternative is to buy a dvd writer/burner. Very disappointing from what is otherwise a great camera.
Sony Handycam DCR SR37E: Sony DCRSR37ES Handycam Camcorder - 60GB HDD
28 February 2010
Summary: I love this! Bought this hanycam to replace an older one which used mini dv tapes. Although an excellent camcorder the tapes were cumbersome to carry abroad and I never seemed to convert them to DVD. This SR37ES was bought after hours of research online. I wanted one which had a hard drive so I did not have to use tapes or discs - the hard drive keeps 45 hours of film on it's 60GB hard drive.
Pros: Small, light, inexpensive, easy to use touchscreen.
Summary: I bought this before Christmas 09 to replace my trusty 10yr old Panasonic which sadly and suddenly failed, despite it having cost a fortune and was classed as state of the art 10 yrs ago!! This Sony is fantastic and far superior. It is very small but has tremendous zoom and is so simple to use. The touch screen controls are so easy. I like the port to charge the camera directly.