Summary: This is a great little camcorder for photos and video. It has an aux mic input so one can direct connect audio if needed. Ease of use and quality of photos and videos are great. The only problem is a Sony quality problem. There is an "E91:01" error continually showing. It means the flash won't charge. This is a known severe wide spread problem with many Sony models of this type. Sony will fix for $295, if you send it in.
Summary: love this thing. the picture is amazing, the sound pick up is stellar and the internal memory is outstanding!! Plug in capabilities for more powerful external microphone and a screw on external lens!! the only thing I dont like is how it takes useless screen shots called highlights while I am filming. I dont use them and it just takes time that i could of used elsewhere deleting them. If i could figure out how to disable that this would be the PERFECT camera!
Summary: I use this camcorder to video history interviews. I has performed excellently. The built in memory and standard battery is more than adequate for most interviews but the ability to add a memory card and a larger battery makes it especially versatile.
Summary: After using for about 6 months now, I can't find anything to establish fault with this camera. It takes great quality video for the price and when you pair it with a good editing software program (I use Sony Vegas), it creates awesome post production quality as well.
Summary: The camera is great for its class. I love the stabilization system. Great zoom. Picture is not as sharp as the pro class cameras but for home, youtube, internet videos and non commercial productions is more than enough. The still shots are also very nice - just like a good point and shoot camera. Of course it doesn't have the lens of a DSLR but it has some advantages to a DSLR - like much faster focus than a DSLR, much longer recording time and others. I love it.
Summary: This was my first video camera, so needless to say I didn't want an overload of manual options that I had to tweak in order to get a good shot. The quality is great, but a little grainy in lower light situations. Sound is awesome, and even has a setting that tries to weed out wind noise (although I haven't truly put it to the test yet). We took it on a vacation to Disney and it worked flawlessly.
Performs good - takes longer than I would like to warm up
11 February 2012
Summary: I have owned the camcorder for about a year. I have not read the owners manual from top to bottom. I basically just open the lcd screen and push the record button. My largest pet peve with the camcorder is that it takes a long time between the time you open the lcd screen and the time you can start filming.
Summary: Got this camera on Aug 2011. In Jan 2012, an error code E91:01 started showing up. It seems to be an issue with charging the flash. When I tried Sony's customer service site, the deal is, (1) this camera may or may not be under their warranty, (2) I'll have to ship this in for repair on my dime, (3) I'll have to pay for the repair IF they deem the item under warranty and if they somehow decides this is not under warranty anymore, I'll have to pay non-warranty repair...