Summary: My Sony HDR-HC5 arrived in Canada in the condition as reported (As New). Thank you for your honesty in describing this product. I was in a desperate situation after my own Sony camcorder died, leaving me with no camcorder to play my DV tapes. Thank you.
Summary: Video quality is excellent. 1080p video looks crystal clear on my tv. Even low light recording came out so perfect. XV colors are very vibrant and bright. Both 4MP standard photo and 3MP wide angle photo are excellent quality. In fact, I first thought of purchasing a separate still camera. But, after seeing the quality of still picts by this HD camera, I decided no extra still camera is required.
Pros: Unbelievable video viewing quality on a 1080p television. Also, video captured in HD mode to computer was excellent quality. Photos in HD mode(3 mp) and standard mode (4 mp) both impressed me. Also, photo prints came out very very good.
Cons: Working with menu was little difficult as my fingers are fat.
Summary: I use this camcorder at work on a daily basis. It's portable, but slightly heavy. A carrying case is a must. I've used it primarily to shoot video for editing in Final Cut Pro. FCP can recognize and directly control it via the Capture and Log window (when using the Firewire connection). The picture quality is great, especially when shooting in 1080. A tripod, however, yields better and more professional results.
Summary: I have had this camera for about 2 1/2 years now, and it is an extremely good camera overall. I chose this over the Hard drive versions for 3 main reasons; tapes can be easily purchaced when the ones you are using are full, tapes arent susceptible to damage from jerky motion, and it was about $100 cheaper. It would help to have drag and drop capabilities, as to transfer video to a computer you do still have to play the tape in real time. The video quality is good.
Summary: I bought this while living in Hawaii and sold it a little before moving. The whole process of getting it from dv to file format was just too annoying for me. The quality of the video was pretty good, not as high as hoped. The slow motion capture was a nice feature, but was pretty restrictive. The compact size was great and it was relatively easy to handle on the go.
Summary: This camera works With ideal conditions, the camera can capture very impressive HDV footage,but with less light... it can be, well... not so good I got this camera for home use, I own professional Sony HD cameras, so Sony is always my top choice. For home use, its ok Note: The deck transports are very good for a camera this cheap, and the lens is above average. see ya!
Summary: We really enjoy the camcorder. We live in Argentina and we have triplets!!!! So, you can imagine, that we have many moments that we want to keep. Definitely, the small size and high the definition are a remarcable pro.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Versatile
Summary: I use this camera to record music lessons and playback for review, on an almost daily basis. I had an older Sony digi handycam that lasted 4.5 years (same usage) until its focusing mechanism broke down. I was so happy with that camera that I went out and bought this current one as replacement. These are such great products, easy to use, easy to carry around, easy to plug in for playback, download, etc. The HD has a much better picture too than my old camera).
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile