Summary: I bought this unit for a trip we took to the Black Hills. This camera worked very well. The 25x zoom is amazing: It brought Mt. Rushmore in close enough to touch. Obviously when it is zoomed that far, minor hand shaking is accentuated, but it worked well when I steadied my hand on something.
Summary: I just got back from a short vacation to southwestern United States. I took this camcorder along fully charged. I used the recorder everyday, during full sun, shadows, inside, and evening lighting. This little camcorder performed flawlessly. It has a super picture.
Summary: I may be all caught up with the technology (i.e. Blu-ray, giant screen LCD & LED HDTV's all over the house, but when I produce movies for my family and friends I have to revert to "old style" screen resolution, etc.
Summary: Ordered the sx83. Shot some trial video. Playback on screen looks great! The included CD had no software for downloading to my computer; I am running XP sp3 and their program for downloading (and converting, more on that in a minute) is incompatible with XP sp3.
Summary: I have had a VHS camcorder, a $1500 Hi 8, camcorder, and this is the simplest, most compact, highest quality recording camcorder, I have ever seen. It slips into your pocket, turns on when you open the viewfinder, the viewfinder is a touch screen.
Summary: The Sony SX63 camcorder is very compact and fits in your hand. It has only a flip-out LCD view finder, which acts as an on-off switch for the camcorder. The zoom is fantastic at 60x optical/2000x digital. However, the resolution is standard definition, but just fine for my needs.
Summary: Cons: I took videos in low light. By low light, I mean that found in a dimly lit pub. The video started a little dark, but then it seemed the camera adjusted and although you could still tell it was dark in the building, the video was clear. The sound was clear and awesome.