Spend a little more if you can and get a much better camera
Anish Chidanandan, Amazon
17 March 2007
Summary: This Handycam is Great for only one reason - the 60gb hard disk. It means never having to worry about tapes or DVD etc. It's small and light. I returned a Sony DVD handycam which malfunctioned within the first 30 days of receiving it and bought the SR80 instead. I'll focus on the negatives: a) VERY POOR low light performance. Shooting indoors is a pain. For example - you try to shoot a dance floor in a night club - forget - this camera can't deliver.
Summary: So it's right before Christmas, 2006. I had an old Sony DCR-HC30, and it ran on DV tapes. It only worked for a year before the LCD screen died, which became a known issue. I was very disappointed and tried to resolve the issue through Sony, as they set up a way to get repairs through their website, but it has been over a month now, and still no reply from them. In other words, nice product, worked on my Mac using iMovie, but very short-lived.
Summary: Plainly put: This camera will not work with a Mac unless you jump through loops, buying extra software and wasting a lot of time -- besides the conversion process to make your movies editable in iMovie is excruciatingly slow. This should be explicit in the amazon advertisement. It is now.
Summary: WARNING: STAY CLEAR OF USAPHOTONATION.COM The above site will scam you by offering the lowest price for the most popular camcorder such as the Sony DCR-SR100. After you provide them with your credit card info, including the 3 digit ID number on the back of the card, you may think that the purchase has gone thru. However you will receive an email stating that your order cannot be processed until you call their 800 number, extension 208 and speak to "Ben".
Decent for basic home movies, AVOID IF YOU HAVE A MAC
J. Rivera, Amazon
29 November 2006
Summary: I just got this camera 3 days ago. The low light performance is certainly disappointing, but it does fairly well on daylight. What is really annoying is the fact that the camera is not compatible with mac out of the box. To be able to download the movies to the mac, you need the mpeg-2 patch from apple ($20) and the streamplayer, which is free. Then, you need to convert the file into mpeg-4, which will allow you to use it with imovie.
Summary: I agree with the previous reviewer. The low light performance of this camera is pretty bad. Deeps reds are more like deep pinks...but other colors are quite natural, though a bit flat. It is a nice camera otherwise: very compact, HDD makes a world of differenc in ease of use. Handgrip takes some getty used to. Stills are useless. No built-in flash makes situation even worse.