Summary: Excellent camera except for two problems. First, the common problem of the viewing screen being nearly opaque when shooting outside in sunlight (a problem also for small digital still cameras). This also obscures the red "rec" indicator on the screen so that you can become confused as to whether or not you are in the record mode. The second, and for me the more serious problem, is the lack of a wind screen for the built in microphone.
Perfect for low light video shoot; Unfortunately lens is not wide angle
TechN "Ray", Amazon
21 January 2012
Summary: This is an amazing non-professional camcorder for stunning video shoot. When I played some mountain landscape video that I shot with this cam on a FullHD (1080p) TV to my relatives during a family get-together, they thought it was shot by a professional for Discovery channel or something! Wonderful for low light recording, like inside your home with normal lighting. No more grainy videos. Shake cancellation is useful when shooting from a moving car.
V. Ananthapadmanabhan "Lord of the Strings", Amazon
26 March 2010
Summary: I think everybody else has covered almost all aspects of this camcorder. For me here are the pros and cons Pros 1. Excellent low light performance. 2. Stellar video quality. 3. Made in Japan so has edge in quality I guess. 4. Light and will fit in a jacket pocket. Now the Cons 1. Proprietary format for memory cards so increasing size is an expensive idea. 2.
Summary: I spent a ton of time shopping for an HD camcorder. In the end, I selected this one for its low light performance and great image stabilization. Low light performance and good high bandwidth compression were key for me, because I wanted to make sure I could film my children's martial arts competition.
Summary: I got Sony HDR-CX500v Camcorder from Amazon 4 days back. Last night I tried to use Remote Control/Commander supplied in the box but it didn't work. I changed the battery but that didn't work. I called Amazon customer support and she gave me 3 options- 1. Return and get refund 2. Return and get another one 3. Take 15% discount on whole amount and buy a remote from local store I am confused what to do. How come new set will have dead RC or does it happen sometime?
Summary: I love this new camcorder. Easy to use and the low light footage is excellent. I film my kids inside more than outside so this was a must. The night vision option is fun and really does work. I like the compact size and the built in HD too. Less moving parts.