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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.