Summary: An excellent camera for field work, including night vision in ancient tombs, caves. Still superior in some ways to some of the newer equipment. A lot of capability in an extremely portable device. A reason for using DV is that the tape cannot be altered without leaving traces, and it is therefore useful of such matters as documenting preservation of chain of custody of evidence, as when opening envelopes with freshly delivered samples.
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 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.
Summary: I decided to buy this camerea mostly because it was HD 1080i. and because it had a built in camera with flash!!! I wanted two in one that did both real good, this camera had it all. So far i am more than satisfied with the results, picture quality is amazing, I hooked it up to my 50inch plasma via HDMI and WOW!!! picture is so detailed and clear,vivid, only way to describe it is... as if you where there and saw it with your own eyes.
Summary: I am writing this as someone who is not a true videophile, but who nonetheless pays some critical attention to picture quality and ease of use. I have no interest in making any videos other than reasonable quality family videos. I have owned a SD miniDV camera for 7 years before buying this one. The picture quality was observed on a Sony SXRD 60" HDTV using component cables. I didn't have the HDMI cable with the mini connector to try out a digital connection.
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.
Summary: If you have an HDTV at home and appreciate the HD quality channels, this camcorder is a must companion for your family and your HDTV. It is compact and user friendly with lots of useful features and the HD (1080i) video quality is stunning. We've just used it in an indoor birthday party at a kid's gym with typical indoor lighting and the HD video quality played back on our 42" HDTV was superb without an expensive HDMI cable even but with provided component video cables...
Summary: Great camera, amazing picture and has great features. I did much research from ebay feedback to online independant reviews. This was as much camera I could get for this price. I got it for 830.00 brand new. I am very happy and would not want a different camera. The 2 lux light feature is great and shows amazing detail. I perfer Sony products and this just confirms that sony is the best and will always go with them for Sony camera, camcorder, and etc.