Summary: i wanted this camcorder for a while and since i had purchased a wireless mic that needed a hotshoe to work and the mic was compatible with the hc1 . plus i needed to get a hi-def camcorder . the camcorder was just like new and the price was right and i am glad i got it . excellent reviews and excellent camcorder .
Excerpt: This is an awesome little camcrder. Everything is eventualy going to go to HD, this camcorder makes it so you can film all of your events in HD, which is absolutly fantastic. You want to be able to shoot your stuff in the best quality possible and this camcorder really gives you that ability. Another great feature of this camcorder , besides its HD ability is the 2.8 megapizel camer taht is attached to it.
Summary: love this easy to use camcorder wonderful night vision capabilities.... love use of mini cassette or smart stick. Will use for wonderful family activities, trips but also for evening ghost hunting investagations that our group does.
Perfect for anyone just getting started in video. Great value for the money
25 February 2012
Summary: Used it today for the first time. I was shooting a project that lasted 3 hours. Battery still hadn't died! Also, screen will let you know how many minutes of battery it has left. It has a mic jack and headphone jack so you can add an external mic and listen to your audio while you record. Picks up sound very easily so if you need to interview someone I'd suggest a lavier mic or shotgun mic as well.
Summary: Playing around with this camera has only enhanced my view of Sony's handycams. The video and features are brilliant and the aesthetics of the camera are second to none. However like Sony cameras I purchased over 4 years prior to this one's release it is very likely to have the condensation error (which if you look online you will see hundreds of posts about it but no permanent fixes) and broken flex cables.
Summary: iLINK port doesn't work any more after plug/unplug for several times. Once it is dead you can no longer download/upload video to your computer. The cause is due to defective electronic component from SONY, this issue has not been found for other brand camcorders and I am not sure if it has been fixed for SONY's other models. You can do a search on Internet and you can find a bunch of complains about iLink of Sony camcorder, also the repair cost is very high.