Summary: I LOVE THIS CAMERA. It was bought to replace an older Sony that started giving me problems. I am a choir director and need a good camera for recording my concerts. This one has a BUILT-IN Wide-angle lens that I can use to help with recording the entire stage. It has beautiful color and great sound. Was especially impressed with the stable shot feature. I purchased an extra battery that gives me more than 10 hours on a single charge.
great optical stabilization and good image quality
Michael Daniec "stop torture", Amazon
17 November 2014
Summary: unbeatable steady cam performance with its optical image stabilization - makes all the difference for the casual shooting I do - makes an amateur look like a pro a couple of odd and wish it was different features but overall very pleased with this purchase
Excerpt: This camera performed very well, it had all the features and image control that I was looking for, and produced excellent quality video. Unfortunately, after using it for a couple of weeks, I found its form-factor was a bit too small for my large hands. I occasionally found my little finger creeping into the field of view and using its zoom control lever and image control dial was somewhat difficult to use--again, due to my large hands.
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
So sad Sony quit making this model as it competed with ...
23 September 2014
Summary: So sad Sony quit making this model as it competed with their pro models its that good. I have the 710v as well and love them both but the 790v blows away every other Sony I've ever owned or used. I will probably buy at least 1 or 2 more of these for backups since the nightshot feature is on these and I've heard Sony is no longer going to add that feature to their Handycams. But this model you won't regret it!