Summary: Purchased for an upcoming trip, as my old camcorder was approaching 9 yrs old. The technology has really grown in that 9 years. The HDR-PJ230/B has surpassed my expectations. It has the features I need and then some. The video picture quality is remarkable! So compact and lightweight, it is easy to carry around and your arm doesn't feel like it is holding a 20 pound bell-bar after ten minutes of use.
Summary: this definitely met our expectations. Wasn't sure if it would live up to what we thought but it has. The pictures and the video are great quality. The HD video format is in an MTS format though, not MPEG. It can be played with Windows Media and others, but I was trying to use the video in a video editing software and it wouldn't take it. Currently looking for a conversion. I was able to extract stills from the video using Windows Media.
Summary: Got this camera out of the box yesterday, I have never had a camcorder, and I am not a good picture taker, my hand shakes. But I am already practicing with it, trying to get a feel for it and all the soft ware loaded on my computer before we take our cruise next week and stay in the Bahamas. The first video I shot, of my family in the yard turned out great, I couldn't believe it, no shake, I was shocked.
Summary: Bought this for my son because he wanted to start shooting movies. The zoom is very nice, quality picture. love Sony products. The projector is so nice, he shoots during the day and the whole family can watch his work at night.
Summary: This compact camcorder captures over three hours of HD video with 8GB of embedded memory. I love it's built-in projector which lets you showcase your footage in a big way--up to a 100" (diag) image. SteadyShot(tm) image stabilization and great zooming capabilities are also added bonuses for enhanced clarity and minimized video shake. Highly recommended.