Summary: Opened up my HDR HC3K box last night. The HC3K just means that it has a few extra goodies (extra battery, sony HDV tape, cleaning tape). Initial impression even before turning on the camcorder was it felt solid in the hand and not too big. It felt a little more compact than the DVD based DVD405.
Summary: I purchased my HC3 several weeks ago to film a family wedding. I didn't really intend on purchasing an HD camcorder, but I got a really good deal on a closeout and went for it. Having shot quite a bit of VHS and 8mm tape in the past, the images from this camcorder are unbelievable.
Summary: The product showed on time and well shipped. I suspect the product box was opened. However, all materials were enclosed and were in "Like New" condition. The is an older model so I expected it. Thank you for the smooth and good transaction. Yes I would buy from this seller again. - John
Summary: Greetings wanna be owners of HC3. Just got mine. Here's a brief overview. Design is awesome. It looks like a Red Bull can with all the buttons on it. Battery compartment is the best part of it. No protruding bat packs out the back.
Summary: Bought my HC3 from Best Buy on 10MAY2006.. For a wedding/birthday party.. Worked great.. Advise to get a tripod/stable device for steady pictures. When you have fast movements, artifacts/pixelation occurs not bad video recorder.. It has ALOT of output connections..
Summary: I have had this camcorder for about 2 weeks now. Overall I'm pleased. Most of my video playback has been done via a Pioneer 50" plasma HDTV so I do have a very nice playback source to judge the recorded video quality.
Summary: What I liked: 1) 1080i hdv looks great on my hd tv 2) Did pretty good job of showing 1080i on a 4:3 TV using composite output (Transcoding 16:9 HD to 4:3 SD was great!) 3) The DVD came out great (in 480p resolution) when captured using Pinnacle studio at DV resolution (You need to set iLink setting...
Summary: People who do not want to settle for less, go for this, HD is the way to go. Though pricey for people like me, I did not find a better camera at this price. I am not sure of the HDV format but it gave me very crisp pictures when converted to MPEG.
Summary: I would have to agree interms of video quality, HDR-HC3 rocks. Especially if you play the footage directly off the camera. It loss some of its quality after encoding process because the color ratio for HDV format is 4:2:0.