Excerpt: I would only recommend it to a friend with the caveat that they shouldn't expect to use the software that comes with it, and will likely need to lay out another several hundred $'s for Vegas Pro. I use it for everything, including when I want a still image because I can convert the 3D video into 3D stills.Great video quality, 3D effect is decent, image stabilization works very well. Pretty easy to figure out without the manual.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Cons: Adequate Support, Bad Software, Unresolved Support
Great new camcorder that does not burn in 3D using Sony Software
Darwin "The evolutionist", Amazon
19 December 2013
Summary: I bought this camcorder because all the reviews were great. Immediately after my first vacation I wanted to burn my recordings into a 3D disc. It would not burn. I went through 7 layers of Sony IT support without any resolution. They finally sent this case to their software group in Japan. It has been almost 2 months and I have not heard a word from Sony. When it comes to camcorders I have always bought Sony, this was my 5th camcorder.
Summary: I've purchased several Sony camcorders and will continue to purchase in the future. Lost my original TD10 during vacation, so I had to purchase this replacement TD30 without even blinking. The quality and build of this product is great. Make sure you use the Sony PMB software for archiving all your photos and videos.
Summary: I have only owned this camcorder for around two weeks. We took it on a trip to western Canada and the recordings are amazing. The camera is also small and very light to carry. Our family loves it!
This is an excellent 3D camcorder, just okay for taking pictures.
7 June 2013
Summary: I purchased this on Amazon initially, but it didn't arrive on time, so I ended up having to look locally and return this one to Amazon. This camera has many features, most of which I have not used. It was very simple to open the box and begin recording great video. The video is excellent in daylight. I filmed a wedding and reception. The wedding was outside on a sunny day, the reception dinner was indoors and party outside after.
Excerpt: After hesitating reading reviews of previous models, I opted for buying this camcorder looking at shooting (and viewing on my 3D-ready TV) home videos. What a perfect choice! This machine has it all: good feel and look, superb definition, natural colors, easy of use, but especially stunning 3D! The three-dimensional look is awesome not only on the LCD (without glasses) but as well on a large screen HDTV. The sound in 5.1 surround is also incredibly effective.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Stunning 3d
Summary: I took 3D video at a colorful Indian wedding. Everybody, even the hired videographer, who saw the video in the 3.5-inch LCD would go WOW. I have to try the video on my 65" 3D TV. The camcorder replaced an earlier excellent Sony camcorder HDR-CX500V, lost in Nepal. I am too new for this camcorder, but I am sure this will be a good or better replacement. The 3D video is crisp and amazing and so much better than the 2D. I recommend this camcorder to all.
Elad "There's No need to Fear, Elad is here :)", Amazon
18 March 2013
Summary: Another post mention that a big screern 3d tv shows lack of 3D effect... Humm... I also bought Vizio 3D 65" ($1600) from big brand store and the 3D effect are awesome from the camera. I watch at 8' from the TV which vizio recommends for 3D viewing. The OEM battery (NP50) only has 71 minutes to start with, so I bought 2) NP-100v's & charger aftermarket kit for $40 online, far far cheaper than just 1 of Sony's batts.