Summary: You can definitely record with this camera hooked up to a power source. use the chord that plugs into the wall. It works fine. i just bought another one of these. It has excellent optics and is very handy. If you lose it you are only out a few bucks. I have 10 Sony video cameras ranging up to $2,000. I have a high speed 32 gig card in it and am looking to buy some extra batteries. Take it to a birthday party and have some fun. I know I will.