Pros: If you are an employee or major sharheholder of Sony, this is for you. Everyone else, avoid the brand.
Cons: Sony products can not be used with Macs (without major workarounds), and the literature and instructions for use are deliberatly misleading in this regard. Moreover, the default HD files can not be burned to use with a DVD player - only a Blu-Ray.
Summary: I recently purchased this camera primarily for home videos. It's my first camcorder purchase since the old hi8 camcorders back in the 90's. It was fairly light weight as well as more compact compared to it's predecessor. Also the touch screen was great, easy menu options. That's the good. The bad prompted me to return the camera. The low light recording was surprisingly grainy. Even in moderate light the camcorder performed poorly.