Summary: This camera is being used for paranormal research, filming in low/no light. The IR light that's built in is a pretty good light source, but you will need another IR light source, or two. Picture quality is really good, and transferring your footage to your computer is super easy thanks to the the cam having a HDD. On a side note, the Super Nightshot feature on this cam is not really usable.
Summary: I've only played with it for a little bit. It is a gift for our daughter in collage. I think it is perfect. Easy to use. Small. Plenty of hard drive. No CDs! I plan to get a memory card just to make it a tad easier to transfer. But it isn't really necessary. Item was used. But in excellent shape. I think we got plenty of bang for our bucks.
Summary: The Sony DCR-SR42 w/30GB Hard Drive is better than I expected when I placed my order. It is so easy to use. The digital camcorder playback is so crisp and clear. And the colors are reproduced so faithfully. I am also impressed that the camera can easily be used at night and otherwise under poor lighting conditions. I am very pleased. The software that comes with the camera is easy to use and probably satisfactory for most users.
Summary: The video camera is nice and compact, and light. I purchased this primarily to record my daughter who dances at our high school. Often I am in the stands, but not at the top of the bleachers. This model has more of a wide angle than my previous Canon video camera, so I am able to get more of the whole routine even though I am in the middle of the stands. I read several comments/criticisms about the zoom -- for my purposes, the zoom on this is fine.
Summary: This is my first camcorder ever, and I love it so far. Yes, it can be a pain to have to hook it up to its docking station when you want to transfer videos to a computer, but, hey, it's not all that hard to do, and it's all very portable. I love the fact that I was able to use it "right out of the box" - and I can't wait to actually read the directions and figure out all of its other capabilities.
Summary: I bought this camera last May before going on vacation. My previous camcorder was a 15 year old 8mm Magnavox, which was rather sleek at the time, but had a battery bigger than the entire Sony SR42. I researched all the new camcorders, there isn't much on the HDD because they are so new. I finally decided on a hard drive because of the the convenience. It is nice not having to mess with tapes or disks.