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.
Great!! For the short time it worked. Now it's JUNK
Tony S "Strange Brew", 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. Follow my advice, CHOOSE a different camcorder!!