Summary: I have several sony HD VIDEO CAMERAS, Infact I purchased three on these. One got ran over by truck. I quickly found two more to buy. These work great, they are small and you can carry with you.
Summary: I purchased this handicam "used" and don't feel that it is worth the full asking price that Sony sells it for. That being said, it is a great camera if you can get a deal. I have always been used to the traditional style cameras that have a larger frame. I was surprised how much more handy this camera has been. I have used it to film during a wedding and on my family's weekend at the lake.
Summary: I started in 1968 with super 8 movies, moved on to Betamax as soon as it came available, upgraded to a Sony SL2000 Betamax in 1982, in the early 90's I moved up to a Sony 8mm video camcorder. I held on as long as I could and finally purchased the Sony TG-1 a couple of years ago. I will admit that the acvhd format was not compatible with my existing video editing software so I had to invest in some new software.
Summary: I have used this camera less than 6 hours total, then suddenly I got a error message and the shutters would not close or open. Sony has now become synonymous with garbage! Amazon is also responsible for selling and sponsoring this defective product.
Summary: We've been using the HDR-TG1 for about a year on vacation trips, while sailing and hiking. In every respect it has proved to be an outstanding instrument. The HD videos it captures when displayed on a HD TV (a 40 in. Sony in our case) produces results that rival broadcast quality and sometimes exceed it. Yes, it's that good. In fact, it has now replaced our use of the SLR we formally took on trips.
Summary: I have owned this camera since December 2008. We bought it because we liked that it was compact and did video AND still images. It has been really great since my daughter was born we have taken tons of video and photos and it is compact so we never have an excuse to leave it behind. This past weekend (conveniently 3 months after the warranty ran out) we found that it would no longer take still photos.