Summary: I am surprised nobody has mentioned this in any other reviews. When recording, there is no pause button. I originally bought this when house hunting in Montana. I would go from room to room to record everything and found that if I wanted to stop and discuss something with the Realtor but NOT on camera I had to stop the camera. NO PAUSE. So I had lots of small videos when sorting thru looking for a house.
Summary: Got this to film my kids orchestra performances, was disappointed to find my iphone 4s makes better videos indoors. Outdoor videos look great, but low light/ artificial lighting is grainy and sort of distorted if zoomed in. Wish I would have done a little more research and spent a little more money to get a better camera.
Summary: I really wanted to like this camcorder tried it out for a couple weeks. The video for me was just ok and the pictures were just ok. I havnt been in the market for a camcorder for many years I just usually end up doing pictures. But I new it was time to get some video of the grand kids. The camcorder is small and sleek and very light. I liked all the features it had to offer but the biggest draw back for me was the way you had to interface for video and picture retrieval.
Summary: This camcorder is very small. It fits in the palm of your hands. The bundled software from Sony (Play Memories Lite) fails to install in Windows 7 but works just fine in Windows XP. I found that using Windows Live Movie Maker works just fine in Windows 7 for importing and editing AVCHD encoded files (recorded by this camcorder), so don't mind to just throw away the bundled Sony software.
Summary: I expected more of the quality of the equipment. The photo shoot is just poorly and the video is just reasonable. It is a lightweight and easy to handle. I saw no advantage in tiny cable that came with the equipment, because it is always necessary to use another helper. Actually, it was better not to use it, preferring to take the memory card to access it directly, because only then could delete the contents of the card.
WARNING -- Sony manufacturer's description is inaccurate
A Reader, Amazon
29 October 2012
Summary: The manufacturer's description from Sony says that "The Sony HDR-CX190 offers 1920 x 1080p high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality." This is just plain false. The CX-190 offers 1080i, not 1080p. It is a nice enough video camera for the price, but this inflation of spec is indefensible. Don't buy this camera if you are looking for non-interlaced video -- it just doesn't support that.
Summary: The video I shot came out fantastic. It was kid soccer game, indoor, low light, and through a plexiglass-type border. Video looks great. Lighting is fantastic. I'm very unhappy about the software though. The basic video viewing software (.exe) file was corrupted, and the "enhanced" software won't load onto my laptop. The entire process of trying to hook up the camera to the laptop was a mess. Kept locking up.