Summary: I've been using this camcorder as a amateur video consultant for a non profit who bought top rated video equipment for their broadcast TV productions. After about six months of my use of it I was so impressed with its ease of use and features I ended-up getting one for myself.
Summary: I have owned my PD170 for about a year now. I bought it to replace my VX2000 (another great camera). Pros: 1. Excellent quality images for a non HD camera. 2. XLR connectors. 3. Compact size with excellent weight for steady one handed shots. 4. The low light ability of this camera is second to none.
Summary: I've used this camera on several professional video shoots now, including talking heads, outdoors and an indoor music video. The low light capability of this camera is nothing short of stunning, with clear, crisp images available even when using only available tungsten room lights.
Summary: I work in Access TV. We use these at work. Have since they came out. Rugged enough to handle being used by hundreds if not thousands of inexperienced user and still keep working. I use three at work and have no complaints.
Summary: Clean, beautiful images. Rugged construction. A fine run'n'gun videographic instrument, although after a year now I wish that I had gone with the shoulder cam version, the DSR-250, but that's another story... Likes: Wide range of shutterspeeds (1/4-1/10000).
Summary: Many concerns about purchasing used electronic item such as camera sight unseen. Spoke to seller who answered all my questions & felt as confident as I could be in the situation. Was not dissapointed. Camera works fine, using it everyday.
Summary: I bought this as a companion to my Sony DSR 200A almost two years ago. Its been a great addtion for two-camera shoots when color temperatures need to match. Both cameras shoot 16:9 (but not HD), which clients have asked for. Its great for interviews, spontaneous action, b-roll and so much more.