Summary: I bought this for my Dad because of the floating lens stabilization. Quite remarkable tech. The camera is pretty good. Build could be a little better. For example a lens cover switch would be nice. Compact and takes nice video. Auto focus is good too. It will amaze you at how you'll be able to zoom in and the stabilizer counters hand shake.
Summary: I bought this to do YouTube videos with, and so far everyone is loving it. "TacticalKeychains" I love this camera and the quality of the camera and video can't be beat. I use a 64gb sd card and charge it while taking video, something many other camera's can't do.
Summary: Although the price was a little high, this is one of the few models I've found with excellent video and audio quality. I really like that it has Dolby 5.1 surround sound--I don't have to carry around a large studio with me. The image stabilization is amazing as well, as previous reviewers have mentioned. There are a few minor setbacks, but nothing that would warrant a lower rating: 1) When the lens cover opens up automatically, it makes a loud audible "click.
Summary: Makes excellent video, but I have no idea why it is so ridiculously expensive. You would think such a high price would come with more technical features, such as a pause button, a remote viewfinder that attaches to your glasses, being able to change batteries while recording, detachable hand strap, and a viewfinder that opens more than 90 degrees. Also, the tripod mount hole is not center-weighted, so once set up, it can easily fall over.
Summary: This is a great item. It arrived in even better shape than I anticipated, and delivery was prompt. The camera itself is fantastic. It is easy to use, the image is very clear, the image stabilization is phenomenal, and it has good resolution in low-light as well. I am very pleased with this purchase.
Summary: I was looking for a nice HD video cam to take on a cruise to South America and Antarctica and this HDR-CX430V seemed to have all the features I needed. I wanted a high quality video camera and this fills the bill. I also wanted a video camera that took excellent photos and this one did that too. When I got home and started editing my videos and photos I was very pleased at the quality of both. Videos are very clear and well exposed using the standard settings.
Summary: So you ask what happened to the other 4. My kids have them and the first two wore out after lots of shooting of Grandkids. So why a separate camera vice my smart phone. 1. Stabilization 2. Size of memory 3. Easy of handling (this camera is easy to hold and point, smart phone is not.) 4. Real zoom. 5. More rapid focus 6. Better low light.
Summary: I'm a camcorder noob and this Sony is easy to use and takes high quality video. The Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is the best in the price range, better than some at twice the price. A great camcorder that you well not out grow in a years time.