Summary: When you purchase a camcorder that also takes still photos and has a physical switch to engage the ability to take stills, you might expect that the default setting of the camcorder is for movies. In the case of this camcorder, you would be wrong. Each time you turn it on, you need to select MOVIES otherwise you get something akin to garbage.
Easy to use, FANTASTIC quality.. Software is so so
22 December 2013
Summary: SO be ware, just like pretty much any sony product, it records in a proprietary format. You can use the included software to turn it into an MP4 and then edit easier. It's annoying but not the end of the world. I bought this specifically because it has an external microphone input. If you go to youtube and search for 'supercircuits' you'll see my hands. Most of those demo videos were taken with this camera and an external mic I also bought on amazon.
Summary: Made a few YouTube videos with it. Not too expensive but not too high quality either. Simple to figure out and works well on a tripod. Comes with everything you need to power up with a cable as well as a battery.
Summary: I usually do not post product feedback, but in this case I want to provide valuable information to others who buy this camera. I got this specifically to record my daughter in musical theater. Very first show the camera consistently over exposed every scene. I was fighting manual exposure for the entire show. My friend sitting right next to me with a 2 year old sony was not having issues and puzzled at why my camcorder was not exposing correctly.
Summary: Pros: The built-in USB cable is really a nice convenience. The image quality and low-light performance are very good. Cons: marketing this as an 8 mega-pixel sensor is misleading. It has the same sized 2.3 megapixel sensor as many others. Sony claims their firmware results in "8.9 megapixel equivalent still images" Stills, not video. Two main things made this camcorder not a good fit for my needs.
Summary: Pros: - Size and light to carry - sexy black design - Large LCD touch screen swivel - External microphone jack - Automatic lens cover - built-in memory (16GB) - Facetracking - Shoots 1080 at 60p and MP4 friendly for YouTube uploads - Impressive macro - Simple to operate - Sony has a lot of smart automatic capabilities it is literally point and shoot - it will adjust macro/facetracking (focuses on face) on the fly for you and will display what it's doing on the screen.