Summary: The Good: Nice picture quality (for what it is) Smooth Zoom Lightweight and very portable The Bad: Broken out of the box (the mode switch didn't work). Had to have it fixed right away (it was covered through warranty) Menus a little complex if you're trying to look at something quickly In playback, the bottom of my screen has a black "border" that bounces up and down. I hate it but I'm not paying to get it fixed because I'm tired of messing with it.
I have this camera for over a year using it moderately
N. Gupta "NG", Amazon
26 July 2008
Summary: This camera has proven to be very convenient in size and features for the period of time it has worked. Feb 2007 - July 2008 with very little problems. I purchased it with no extended warranty, an extra battery and a good case for it. I have always taken care good of it , keeping the cover on and in the case when not in use. I also made sure to disconnect from computer through software before USB removal.
Summary: As much as intriging a hard disk may be, you should be awre that this are pretty much first generation cameras and thus they do have some problems. Should you overcome these, you should be happy with this camcorder. More specific: -if you are an exclusive mac user then you should not buy this as it is not really compatible with apple.
Summary: I bought this for a company video recently. The good part is it's light, touch screen, easy to use, video are clips viewable on PC with the codec installed, no need to capture it. The Bad things are: It's a bit too small to fit my hand. I was using a tripod so it wasn't terribly bad.
Summary: Just a note: Sony is now using proprietary batteries in this and other models. I bought an aftermarket backup battery, and the camera displayed "USE SONY INFO LITHIUM'. Sony batteries are twice the price of aftermarket, and I'm told they are only available through sony. Still photos are dissappointing-I'll check the manual to see if still resolution is adjustable, but I don't think it is.
Summary: The reason I pick this camcorder is because it is hard disk drive and it is way cheaper than its upper level product DCR-SR60. The camcorder is small, cool looking, easy to use but poor image qualiy. Before I bought it, I did some research. Lots of online reviews for this camcorder mentioned the image quality is poor, I just didn't think it would be that poor. I can tell this, my Canon digital camera takes better videos than this camcorder.