Summary: This is a brilliant piece of equipment. the Software it comes with though is not very good. So if you want to edit your HD video you will need to buy software that can handle AVCHD, fortunatelly there are some good cheap options out there. But I couldn't find anything free.
Summary: Bought for recent holiday in North America. Just the ticket. Simple to use and operate as previous reviewers have stated. Took a bit of getting used to not having a viewfinder, bt once you get used to the LCD display screen it is fine, even an advantage when filming through a crowd, as you can just hold the camera up above your head and angle the screen so that you can see what you are filming. Amazing telemacro capabilty.
Summary: We bought this camera to film our wedding with. The 80GB hard-drive is great and can record hours and hours of high quality HD footage. We were amazed at the quality of the footage it is able to take but is best suited to outside conditions in natural light. The camera is compact and extremely easy and intuitive to use. We have not tried taking the videos off the camera yet and onto the PC / DVDs but I expect this will be fairly easy to do.
Summary: Excellent picture and sound quality, good quality build, reasonable amount of HDD storage (80GB). Would have been improved with built in viewfinder as opposed to flip out LCD screen only,In common with most other camcorders this camcorder suffers from the usual wind noise problems,reasonable battery life however a spare battery is always recommended. Overall good value for money when purchased from Amazon direct as opposed to Sony direct, saved a bundle.
Summary: Incredibly simple to operate through the touch screen, and intuitive menus. It is as simple as a digital camera, point and shoot in Easy mode and it takes care of everything. For capturing moments with friends and family it is ideal, good quality picture, lightweight and fits in the palm of your hand. Would recommend, especially with the deals off RRP that are available.