Summary: The camera looks nice, small, pretty easy to use and has good sound pick up. BUT.. the video in HD quality at brightest perfect sunny day light type scenario is not sharp and crisp like you would expect from a good HD quality video. Its pretty dull and very avarage looking One will not realize its in 1080P HD just by looking at the video on a monitor or HD TV unless they checkout the file's video property. To me that is a deal breaker regardless of price.
Summary: I bought this camera about 8 months ago. Since then I have recorded with it for 1 hour. The recording quality is great, mind you I am not a videographer. The issue I have is that the automatic lens cover will not open any more. I contacted Sony regarding the issue and they said that they will cover the cost of parts but not labor!!!