Summary: As an owner of the Sony DCR-HC30 model DV Handicam, I want to warn everyone about my horrible experience with this product line. Design and feature-wise, these Handicams are great. The problem is, they are built like junk.
Pros: this camcorder is so easy to use and so easy to install on your pc so u can save ur videos and edit them, i love the nightshot feature and the touchscreen menu on the lcd, very good product I would recommend it.
Summary: I purchased this camera just a few weeks ago. I really love the Sony brand. Just a few comments though. the price for servicing is a standard fee. No matter what you send in thats the price. Be it a Digital camera or your camcorder. These devices have to be opened in a clean room.
Summary: I wanted a miniDV camcorder that had a Analog to Digital passthrough capability so that I could convert all my old Hi8 tapes to DVD's. I wanted one that was small and light, had a large zoom range, and was good on batteries.
Summary: The sony dcr hc32 is one of the sleekest cameras for it's price. However, I find the little touchscreen to be a tad difficult to use without a stylus (wonder why Sony couldn't include one). If you have stubby fingers like me, it takes a while to get used to the tiny menu buttons.
Summary: I almost purchased the 42 instead of the 32, but after checking them out at the store I decided on the 32. The Samsung 353 was also in the running but one look in the store and I knew Sony was the way to go.
Summary: Wow you people have to learn about video editing software. When you import and when you are editing on your computer the video is not going to look good. The reason for this is that the computer has not rendered or finished the movie.
Summary: I have had this camera only a short time, but I am impressed with it already. After doing a lot of research and not wanting to spend hordes of money, I decided on this camera. It was a great purchase. It is perfect for the amount of recording I do.
Summary: I think the HC32 is a good camcorder but I have one complaint. You can't add an additional microphone to the interface shoe on top!!! I guess it's just another reason to pay the extra $100 for the HC42 if you think you'll need it.