Summary: Call me a little old-fashioned but why has Sony gone backwards with their camcorders? I used to have a viewfinder. I used to be able to take videos in total darkness with infrared nightshot. Your telling me Sony doesn't have the technology to keep the good features and still give us a tiny palm-sized camcorder? I was so excited when I first got this out of the box.
Summary: i am sorry but for a $200 camera now.... i was unhappy with the picture quality of this camera... i get better video quality out of my cameras that cost less then $50 ... the zoom is great but hardly worth it when you cut down quality so much... i like the simplicity of this camera, but i am hoping to trade the sucker in for a "cheaper better camera" ?! perhaps i am too picky... this is just my opinion.
Summary: Great camera if video isn't intended to be shared on video sharing websites such as Vimeo or YouTube because the picture quality isn't the best even though I still use it for this purpose. And of course it won't be the best since it's a standard definition camera. But the microphone and zoom is excellent. I like this camera, but it's just average.
Summary: I got this as a birthday present 5 months back and here is my impression on the product. Pros: 1. Good design - very easy to use and intuitive (Applies to most Sony Handycams) 2. AVI format. 3. Good light sensitivity and low light focusing. Cons: 1. Very deep depth-of-field (Hard to highlight subject) 2. Some what flimsy lens cover (Mine broke during normal operation and Sony does not cover labor :( ) 3.
Summary: Nice, feature rich cam for money spent. Very compact and anti-shake works well. Disappointed in normal indoor lighting quality of video - grainy. Biggest shortcoming (and be careful when using cam) is location of mic. The mic is on top of camera - not on the front. Anyone using the camera and speaking, even in low tones, will completely override the audio of everything being filmed. Should have been caught instantly in R & D.
Summary: Bought this camcorder and am surprised it doesn't come with a usb cord, i mean all camcorders are supposed to come with them these days. It never says it doesn't come with one on the amazon product page. Took some pics to internal memory and realized i couldn't get them off without a cord, now i have to order one.
Summary: camera was in great shape... but the ad said that a car/home kit was included which was not true. I was very unhappy that these items were missing and I had assumed they meant battery chargers. I e-mailed the company and their excuse was very lame.... ooops... we made a mistake. But I notice that the "mistake" is still in their description of their product. BEWARE....
Summary: This was my first camcorder. I wasn't sure how much I'd use it and didn't want to lash out on something that gathered dust. I soon became addicted and quickly outgrew this little machine. Pros: Easy to use, light, small. The sound is surprisingly good. You can carry it everywhere in a small bag, ready for those unexpected moments. Cons: The images are adequate but far from wow-factor crisp. The colours are a tad washed out.