Summary: I puchased this camcorder "almost new" and from everything I could see it hadn't been used at all. I started using video cameras when VCR tapes was the storage medium and I've used just about every other variation of camcorder since then. I wanted a very good prosumer 1080P camcorder with solid state storage and Consumer Reports rated this camera as the best non-professional camera available. In having used it now for about two months, I agree.
Great camcorder if purchased way under shelf price.
25 March 2013
Summary: It is the best camcorder from the last line of SONY camcorders I had chance to use. The picture quality is just outstanding, (not comparing to pro-level camcorders). The zoom is little too fast, but it compensates with super fast focusing. Only one thing which makes me worry is the "error E:91:01" to occur, what did happen to the two previous models with build in LED flash light, (HDR-PJ50V and HDR-XR350V) after 2 to 3 months of use.
Wonderful Camcorder with Fantastic Steady System and Low Light Performance!
9 February 2013
Summary: I bought this to replace my 3 years old Panasonic HD camcorder. The old one perform poorly under low light condition. I expected the new camcorder to do well in the night, steady and have shallow of depth of field. PJ710 exceeds my expectation for the first 2 requirements, shallow DOF is not so good. Anyway, not consumer camcorder can handle this right now. === Pro: For the low light performance, I shot some videos for Las Vegas night view.