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 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: The coolest feature is it stabilization of image and that too not using software correction but using the lens. You can literally see the lens fixated by looking into it. Even with zoom, it is rock solid. Extremely valuable feature. Other than this it is small in size and lightweight. With the accessories like speaker and mini tripod cum holder, it is simply awesome. The projector is not a gimmick. It really works and works well.
Summary: I did a lot of researchs before spending all this money on a camcorder This one has all the best technology of Sony camcorders and more Why to buy this one 1. Picture quality is superior, full 1080P which many other Camcorders have but the color quality is the best 2. The sound is 5.1 with wind sound reduction (we tried it outside in a windy day and it did a great job) 3.