Summary: The sony handycam is a must by!!! It's unfortunate that Sony discontinued it on their website? But if you can find one... Get your hands on it ASAP!!! It is a great little camera!!! It's small, compact and light weight! I have the Sanyo Xacti I'm comparing it too... Sony beats it hands down!!! When they say HD, they mean HD!!! It's got soo many features with it... Even GPS!!! Which is nuts!!! The one con is... The only new Sony Handycam (not re-furbished or used...
Summary: I bought this camera to replace my Sony HDR-TG1, which for some reason stopped taking stills. I loved the TG1 but wished there was more to it: Like being waterproof, a brighter LCD Screen, Internal Memory and most importantly, Sony's G lens. I got most of what I asked for. Like some of the other reviewers said, this camcorder had so much potential. Sony just didn't do it justice. Firstly it takes stunning 1080P video. With it's 29.8mm G lens it is awesome.
Very difficult to manipulate the controls. Unable to press record or take a photo without bluring the result
17 June 2013
Summary: Unable to press record or take a photo without bluring the result. Returned it via the suggested route (ablility to track plus insurance) which was very costly. I knew after 10 minutes of handling this camera that it would not work for me so this was an expensive and disappointing experience.
Summary: Still new to this, but it's very hard to see the action in the screen on a bright day on the snow and sand. We have missed too many shots due to this. Otherwise, we enjoy the camera and its functions.
Summary: I red many reviews about this and before i bought it and this is what think of it. I went to cancun and had a great time with it. The quality of it is awesome with out doubt, it is water proof for sure. went snorkeling with it for over an hour and got videos that are so clear it looks like you are there. the battery is not the best it ran out right after the snorkeling so id get another battery. the memory is 3 hours with out buying memory card.
Summary: I should listen to the other reviewer here, but I didn't, now I regret buying it. hard to return without sacrifice money and time. Ordered before Xmas, $599 ( all 3 color), after Xmas, Black one down to $549, contacting custom service for an re-match price, or swap for a black cheaper one. not succeed. first time disappointed by Amazon being a custom for quiet a while. Pro: water proofing.
Summary: Great product so far. Amazing picture quality in both camera and video. Video easily converts to other formats (I use AVS software). Very light. Takes a bit to get used to how best to hold it. Controls on screen and on camera. The only two drawbacks is the screen brightness and the lens cover. In bright conditions, it can be difficult to almost impossible to see the screen, and thus, what you're trying to shoot - Sony should know better.
Summary: This camcorder is very convenient to carry around and thus it's always available. That's important. My iPhone works very well but you need light. This handycam can be used in low light situations so it is more utilizable. I do find myself constantly wiping the front lens of fingerprints, yes there is no front cover. If you are at a long all day event and will have it on most of the time get a spare battery.