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: 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.
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. Plus, I wanted the best HD image I could get in a small camera package. I couldn't be more pleased.
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 have owned one other Sony MiniDV camera that I purchased 9 years or so ago. I decided to replace it because I was having a recording issue. Its at least 9 years old and when you think about the abuse, I am most pleased with the long term life of that product. I reviewed many products and decided on this one because of its high ratings on CNET and other sites. The picture quality is amazing and it is as expected lightweight and very functional.
Summary: I like this a lot. Maybe it's just because it's my first HD camcorder, but I do a lot of video editing and dvd burning of youth sports videos (for my kids teams) and this is the first camcorder (including borrowed from other parents) that I've been able to actually get really good quality DVDs burned.