Summary: I'm sixty-three. Took me a very short time to realize that the only thing it DOESN'T have is a HDMI in and out cable, but I ordered one, MSRP $39, from Amazon for a great price. Speaking of GREAT PRICES, I paid $99 -- brand new -- at the PX for my camera...
Summary: I work in communications, so I have been producing videos for quite some time and this camera can rival high end cameras at half the cost. No your not going to be making Hollywood style films, but it is more than enough for regular people who are not making films for a living.
Summary: The camera was dead on arrival. When powered it was able to perform only a few functions but was essentially locked up and dead. Even the open - close lens cover opened then stayed open; never closed. No amount of working with it changed the situation.
Summary: I replaced (so I thought) an older Hi-8 handycam with this, thinking the smaller profile would be better to handle. With the requirement for the LCD door to be open in order to use, I effectively doubled the thickness of my old camcorder.
Pros: HD, good lowish light performance (not great, see other comments). Sony brand. Plays well with Win7
Cons: Have to keep the viewing LCD open to record. Cumbersome touch-screen menu system. Did I mention cumbersome touch-screen menu system? Owner's manual.
Summary: I ordered this camera but instead I received a CX160, I did not notice until I saw my computer detected it as a CX160. I thought maybe it was just a mistake but as I took a closer look at the camera itself, I noticed it was not a mistake.
Summary: Before purchasing this or any Sony camcorder be warned that their HD file types are very hard to convert or use outside of camera playback mode. This is particularly true if you have an Apple computer. Your videos, as nice as they may be, will only import into iMovie.