Summary: I've owned numerous video cameras and camcorders, mainly prosumer ones and this one is the best. It produces beautiful imagery and is very well automated. Its a great still camera too and you could probably leave your still camera at home if you wanted to travel light.
Best camcorder I've ever owned, with only one irritation
Mr Fixit 2009, Amazon
7 May 2013
Summary: Great picture, great sound, reasonable battery life, enough manual settings to keep me happy in just about any situation (although I've found that the "Intelligent Auto" setting handles most situations quite well), and the Balanced Optical SteadyShot is simply *amazing*. Had some glitches when trying to use the direct copy to external HDD functionality, but it was with an older drive and a new 320GB GoFlex purchased just for this purpose has been flawless.
Summary: This video camera has exceeded all my expectations. Fantastic video quality and still image quality. I didn't know what to expect with the new Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system. Now I wouldn't want anything else. I find that I can hand-hold the camera at full zoom and get perfectly steady video. Works great!
Summary: I love the camera, it's compact, but yet is able to produce professional quality videos. Very easy to use, all touch screen. No grain when shooting in low light indoors, and this a very important aspect to me. Picture and colors are very vivid, this was also very important for me. Five stars all the way. Highly recommend it.
Summary: This thing is great. Perfect picture. I got the extra battery which makes it a little heavier but well worth it. I play table tennis so viewing the video immediately with the projector is great. Instant feed back makes for better learning. I wish I had had this camcorder when I was coaching basketball and baseball. Touch screen menu and settings are straight forward. After a few trial and errors I was able to do what I wanted without reading the manual.
Summary: I have been playing/owned many camcorders. The resolution very good when play directly from this camcorder to a HDTV. I like the light weight and the new stabilization, its work very well when walking and recording at the same time almost no longer need a tripod/monopod. As for some improvement: 1) There is alitle delay for the lens to move into place due to the new stabilization. 2) The Lens hood seem to come off very easy.
Summary: I had a minor problem getting the on-board software to download to my laptop (Dell XPS Studio, Windows 7), but a quick call to Sony tech support solved that problem. Now I am enjoying the great color and detail in videos. I am finding that shooting video (and the associated audio) is way more interesting and revealing than still photos. The detail in the video is as good as most digital still cameras in my view.
Summary: I bought this camera for independent filmmaking, looking for something under or around $1,500. It has great picture, VERY professional and high quality. The sound isn't completely up to snuff, so if you plan to film anything professionally you should purchase an external microphone (there is an attachment o the top of the camera). Overall, I highly recommend it, just with an external microphone.
Summary: This is a great camcorder. The auto mode works great and the manual functions are extremely easy to operate. The "my button" function gives the user additional options with just a couple of taps on the screen. I mainly bought this particular camera because it has an electronic view finder. This option is absolutely necessary for taking great videos and works very well. Finally the "steady shot" with the moving lens is fantastic. .