Summary: No optical viewfinder. I had trouble using the LCD to compose in outdoor shots. Washed out so badly in bright sunlight I was guessing what I was filming. Critical oversight in a camera this expensive. Then again, none of the HD camcorders from Sony or JVC seem to have an optical viewfinder. Wonder why?
Summary: Despite what the other reviewer say the low light performance of this camera is very poor. All the colors are washed out, and inaccurate! Red show up as some kind of orange, when shooting indoor. The 1MP camera is worthless, indoors or outdoors. The only thing that this camera has going for it is its 60MB Hard Disc recording medium, and even that Sony puts a NICE disclaimer on. Backup your content often; we are not responsible for data loss.