Summary: Camera takes nice video, just be aware that the Sony 'PMB' Picture Motion Browser software is only available for PC. The camera takes great HD video, but only in AVCHD format, which has to be converted with external tools before use on a Mac. Pros: Easy to use. High quality video once you get it converted. Cons: Limited software support, lack of functions, lack of external microphone support.
Summary: Edit software is poor with little options. Had it for one year and internal sensor went bad and repair was expensive. Still pictures with the 3.1 m/p is very poor. It's ok for a cheap camera but could use more options.
Read the fine print ... don't use in humidity or bright sun
8 May 2012
Summary: We had our nice little Sony HandyCam HDR-CX150 for a whole year (10 hours of video) before taking it to our daughters pool party at a local indoor pool. After that the unit wouldn't focus and flashes an error in the LCD display. On-line with their Tech Support we find that this is a common failure. When we complained about that since it was beyond our warranty we have to send it in for $150 repair for a $595 new unit that barely lasted a year.
There is a problem with the camera is anyone else experiencing it?
Richard C. Clark "richardcclark", Amazon
18 March 2012
Summary: HDRCX-150 - awesome camera but only able to shoot about 2 1/2 minutes of video before something internally (heats up?) shuts the camera down saying memory format error and the camera reboots. This is both with the internal storage and with an SD card. Other than that I would give it 5 stars. Can anyone comment on this?
Summary: I am on my 3rd Sony camcorder. The first was a Hi-8mm camera that lasted more than 8 years with no issues. The second was a precursor to this Sony HD and lasted less than 3 years. The video display became all scrambled and though it still took good videos, I could not see what I was shooting. After reading lots of reviews, I decided to give Sony another shot and bought the Sony HDR-CX150.
Summary: I liked this camera and was very hopeful to use it as my main camcorder, but could never play the video on my computers (Windows 7 64 bit OS). It played perfectly on the camera, but once downloaded to my computers the video was very jerky and the audio stuttered. I spent 15 hours with tech support, but never got a suitable software update or patch to help rectify the problem. Very disappointed that it didn't work and had to return it.
Do not record to the end of SDHC memory, it will get destroyed.
Frank Skomial "fskomial", Amazon
2 April 2010
Summary: I am nicely surprised by the quality of video in less than perfect lighting condition. For comparison, I also use JVC Everio X that has 1/2.3" size sensor, that is much larger surface than the 1/4" size of CX150, and costs nearly twice. The noise in Sony is much better supressed, and the smaller sensor allows the 25X zoom. None of them is a "pro" camcorder, but the 1920 x 1080 quality is great for pocket size device.