Summary: Sony, getting better all the time: This is not my first video camera, I started about 20 years ago with the Betamovie and with it I've made videos with such good quallity that I didn't change it by the next one, the Video 8 because it still wasn't better until the first Hi8 appeared which was really...
Summary: This is the first camcorder that I've ever bought. I was looking at hard-drive models (vs minidv or dvd) and there were considerable options from Sony, Panasonic, JVC, and Canon. The 60 gb hard-drive, ability to do Hi-Def, take still photos, and sony reputation were what eventually drove my decision...
Summary: Brought this as a Christmas present. Tried it out over the New Year and the video was great, especially in high-def (when playing back directly from the camcorder to a HDTV). It was simple to use. Point and press the button to start the recording and press the button again to stop the recording.
Great camcorder, good in low light, still have space after Christmas on drive
Stan Spotts, Amazon
1 January 2008
Summary: I had an old DAT based Sony camcorder that had to be repaired, but the cost was almost what I paid for the thing originally. At that point, I figured I'd bite the bullet and get a high def hard disk based camera.
Summary: Picture quality is much better than the last camcorder I bought which was a JVC non-HD camcorder. In good lighting, this camera looks really good. In low light, sometimes it looks decent. In really low light, you need the night vision turned on; you can see everything but it looses almost all color.
Summary: Good camcorder but needs more work in the following departments: 1- Indoor performance in not up to an HD standards. Grainy videos in regular lighting conditions. I had to buy an HVL-HL1 video light to get it to an acceptable level.
Summary: The details have been covered in other reviews, but in short this is a great camera. I dove in knowing that AVCHD has yet to be supported by major professional non-linear editors such as premiere with the hope they will soon or at least some day.
Summary: I bought this camera as a birthday present for my tech geek boyfriend. The video quality is amazing! However,copying the video to DVD is extremely difficult. You need a 2007 computer for things to run smoothly, otherwise be prepared to put in the time. All in all the camera is awesome.