Summary: What a waste of $750. I bought it on eBay from a reputable camera store. He replaced it. The Sony replaced it. All in about 6-8 months. Had a sound like sonar. Also had a problem that has come back to haunt me in the way of not seeing my son'r first guitar lesson. My wife cannot see it either.
Summary: Let me start with the good: The picture quality is amazing in bright and dark rooms the camera captures clear crisp videos. It is very light so you can shoot all day if you need to, without the need for a stand.
Summary: I've had this camera for about a year and a half and I've gotten pretty annoyed with the video quality. Being a $1,000 camcorder, I was expecting exceptional video quality. But, usually the footage comes out noisy/grainy and the camera takes forever to focus when moving around a lot.
Summary: There's a lot to love about the HC9, at least while it works. Others have gone over its good points, but I particularly liked the quality for the size and the ability to take flash pictures (though the flash often cast a shadow thanks to its weird positioning).
Great!! For the short time it worked. Now it's JUNK
Tony S, Amazon
21 September 2010
Summary: A $1000 camera should last a little longer with minimal use. Sony has included great features with this camera and the picture quality is great... But look up C:32:11 error on the internet including the HC9 and you will see how many people are facing the same problem.
Summary: I am producing a series of cooking shows for broadcast and internet distribution and decided on the HC9 because I wanted to shoot with the camera on a Merlin Steadicam so that I could shoot everything for each segment in one shot.
Summary: What you expect from Sony,stunning video,and the highest bit rate of all HD camcorders.This is my 3rd sony camcorder.Camera works perfectly.Works great with regular tapes,no need for HD tapes.Sony does it again.
Summary: I had a Sony standard-definition camcorder for many years that worked very well, and I decided it was time to get a high-def one. After reading the various reviews, I decided to get this one. While it works well otherwise, I've been very disappointed in the SteadyShot feature.
Summary: I been looking for a camcorder for 5 months and I did lots of research in that time, I was in favor of a Canon at first ( S D ). As I read more reviews then you can imagine the cons of low light recording and the noise of the unit( mini-tape ) was a major concern.