Matt "Knowledge for the sake of knowledge.", Amazon
15 January 2011
Summary: The videos look great. The night vision works very well. But good luck trying to convert Sony's proprietary video format to use it on ANYTHING ELSE. You cannot even load the videos to YouTube without paying for extra, third-party software. Thanks, Sony, for cheating me out of good money. Never, never, never buy this stupid camcorder.
Summary: Picked up one of these about a year after it's release and at a substantial savings vs. when it was first released. Looked at it's replacements the ux5 and ux7 and decided that this model probably fit in between them as the ux5 seemed to have lost features and the ux7 gained. As the price was far cheaper then either, I decided to take the plunge. Pros: Very solidly made.
Summary: Bottom line, the picture quality that you get is incredible on the standard HQ setting. You can go two levels higher(just higher bitrates) but you shorten your recording time to 20 minutes or 15 minutes depending on which you select. If you have a ps3 ,you can just pop the disk in and watch it on your high def tv. The Dolby Digital recording is excellent as well. I recorded a Disney show at Epcot and the sound was just like you were there.
Summary: A lot has already been said and there are some excellent reviews here (as well as elsewhere), but I just want to add my 2 cents. I purchased this guy a few months back, and have since purchased a light and a second battery for it (I'll talk about those shortly). My favorite features include: 1. The 3.5" screen, which should be a must for ANY camcorder, as the 2.5" screens common today are worthless IMHO. 2.