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.
excellent picture quality but disappointing image stabilization
Frank B. Brown, Amazon
8 December 2006
Summary: Over the years, I have used many Sony camcorders, including digital. With its HD capability, the little HDR-HC3 is impressive and easy to use. The minuses are not negligible, however. The electronic (rather than optical) image stabilization when combined with the light weight can sometimes make it a challenge to take really "steady" videos without a tripod. Because the pictures are so clear on HDTV, any shakiness becomes all the more obvious.
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. Played with the controls for a few mins and then started shooting video in reasonable indoor lighting.
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. However HDV to DV conversion, a lot more is desired, I see lot of noise, not sure if it is due to my hardware.
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. Disclaimer - I am a novice photographer/videographer so people might correct my few gripes saying, "if you'd just set the flux capacitor settings to ...
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.. Most important is the component/firewire outs. VERY GREAT QUALITY. I am very pleased however you will play a pretty price for the device.. Get the LONG BATTERY.. PF90 Sony.. DO NOT BUY OFF BRAND..
Summary: I've had this camcorder for over a year now and can honestly say I'm extremely happy with the outdoor footage. When my wife seen the footage of our dog on my HD Projector she said that it looked like the real thing. When videoing indoors the picture quality looks like a good standard DV camera would look. This issue can be resolved by fitting the Sony HVL-HIRL Video Light.
Summary: I bought this camera in October 2006 and have used it a lot. I went for DV tape over DVD or Hard Disk for several reasons; I needed the ability to shoot in standard definition on DV which is better quality than MPEG 2 as used in DVD and HDD camcorders. I also knew that the DV footage would could be easily edited. However I also wanted to shoot in Hi-Def for ultimate picture quality and I wanted a camera that was natively 16:9.
Summary: Well Nothing wrong with the camara it self. But for editing your HDV I use Pinnacle software and after spending like 4 hours with Transestions and menus. I went to Make Movie and it was going to take over 24Hours to convert into ture HD?????
Pros: Great cam corder and easy to use it on your HD-TV.
Cons: No editing software or support for editing your final HDV