Summary: I purchased this camera a few months ago to film some important family events. When I got back, I watched the videos both using the mini-hdmi cable and also by putting the full size videos on a PS3 for native playback of AVCHD. In both cases, every so often, I would see a slowdown in the framerate. It would quickly recover but it was clear that the hard disk could not keep up with the data it was getting. I had the quality and size maxed out but that shouldn't matter.
Summary: This little cam has many good features as most testimonies reflect. But for me the lack of a manula focus ring in camara mode highlights a major design fault with it's £500 price tag. Also the lack of video streaming ability is a hugh setback. Conclusion, a well constructed cam that is little more than an expensive toy with the name Sony on the strap that pushed up the price.