Sony's last camcorder to use tapes & a firewire also uses a USB 2 if needed
9 January 2014
Summary: This my second HDR-HC9. I bought it as a back up for my first one, which I've had for about a year. My first Sony HDR was a HDR-HC3, which, after about 9 years of great service, gave up and quit on me. The HDR-HC9 is very similar to operate as the HC3 but it is slightly smaller and has the unique feature of downloading to a computer with either a firewire ieee-1394 for the older computers or a USB2 for the newer computers, which no longer accept firewires.
Great camcorder,takes great video,fits comfortably in my hand.
10 December 2013
Summary: I purchased this camcorder because I have the same model that needs repair and I wanted another because it is so dependable and easy to travel with, takes great video and decent photos with flash. It is small enough that it easily fits in my hand and I can carry it around all day when traveling and on the cruise ship also. It is top loading so is easy to change the tapes when mounted on a tripod.
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. The tape runs and no picture. Then there are poritions of the picture. It freezes.
Summary: This camera is an awesome package for me. Has every conceivable connection for exporting and editing video to a variety of formats and records great audio as well. We are just getting acquainted with it, but so far it has exceeded our expectations.
may be good camera, but editing is forcefully now on the computer
25 April 2011
Summary: I have used an older Sony camera to edit video on the memory stick. After I bought this camera I found out that this feature is disabled now. Users must first input all the tape in the computer and then edit. The quality may be great, but I now must carry the two camcorders and edit on the old one. It's a shame Sony ruined their product.
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. It is easy to transfer photos and video from your camera with the cables and software provided by the manufacturer. You can easily connect your camera to the TV to view any footage you have taken.
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. Also, it's pretty horrible in low light conditions and after importing the footage into iMovie, it looked like the exposure was turned up a bit. PROS: 1) Really awesome night vision!
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). The bad news: After about a year of use, my HC9 developed "double vision.