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.
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: I am extremely pleased with this camera. I have been shooting and editing video as a hobby for about 10 years and am thrilled with the image quality of this lens and the processor. If you are going to buy it, my only recommendation is to make sure your computer can handle editing HD video. It is MUCH more data than standard "Mini DV" or Digital Video and will be extremely taxing on your computer's processor.
This Sony camcorder gives great high definition video for an affordable price
William Dailey, Amazon
23 January 2008
Summary: This Sony hi-def camcorder (filming in 1080i) provides a lot of value for the price. The key to "home movies" is always going to be the quality of the media on which you are putting your recording, and on to that end, this camcorder delivers very, very well for a relatively inexpensive price. I bought it for about $1,000 in NYC in March 2007 just before a family trip that was to include the Grand Canyon.
Summary: So far I have found this to be a great camera. Here are a few of my observations so far. Video Quality: The video quality this this takes is great. However, there must be sufficient lighting. In a dimly light room, for instance, the video accumulates a fair bit of grain. But by adding a few more lights, or taking it outside on a nice day, your videos will rival that of broadcast HDTV. Sound: Like most all camcorders the sound is very average.
Summary: I love the camera so far. The still pictures as well as the video are truly amazing with the 1080i HD. I'm using it for my two passions - my family and paranormal investigations. For the latter Sony's Night Shot can't be beat. Personally I dont feel that the extra 200-300 dollars for the HC7 is worth it, but to each their own.