Summary: This is a great camera for home use. Light, great quality reproduction. Really a very good camera. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that files are saved in Sony's proprietary format, so if you are shooting and send it to someone to be edited, you will have to convert the files to MP4. I purchased the camera to do some internal videos and use an outside individual to do the editing and add effects.
Summary: SONY HANDYCAM HDR-XR260V THIS IS MY SECOND CAMCORDER OF SONY, AND I AM VERY PLEASANT ABOUT IT. THEIR IMAGE QUALITY IN FULLHD ( AT 1080P ) IS SUPERB, AND THE BEST OF ALL, THE PRICE IS IN THE MID RANGE CONSUMER VIDEOCAMS. PROS: - ZOOM CAPACITY, 30X OPTICAL AND 55X EXTENDED WITH DIGITAL, IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT OVER SIMILAR MODELS - COMPACT SIZE - LIGHTWEIGHT - SOUND ( 5.1 DOLBY DIGITAL ) - STILL IMAGE RESOLUTION ( 8.9 MEGAPIXELS )AND A DEDICATED BUTTON TO TAKE STILLS.
Camcorders capabilities expected to enhance ever more precious field time
William D. Peachey, Amazon
30 March 2013
Summary: The capabilities of this camcorder have greatly exceeded my expectations.........I especially like its image stability in the out of doors. I would rate it higher but for the fact that I haven't had it long enough to use a major portion of its options.........In fact, thus far, my only dislike is my own painfully slow ascent of its learning curve.
Summary: It does what is required. Although it has a weird function with the SSD memory. If you take it out of the camera and put it onto your computer, it still saves some of it onto the card. You have to be very thorough in how you clean left over files from this thing. Its not always the most user friendly....
Excellent Camera but needs a few more features to be 5 star
22 January 2013
Summary: I bought this camera to use on a low budget video production project, and so far I'm very pleased with it's video quality and recording ability. The 160gb hard drive is excellent and so far I haven't experienced any loss of data. It might be more than you actually need but it's good for long sessions. The video quality is superb, and there are lots of easy to use options for white balance control, f-stop control, and focus control.
Summary: I haven't had the opportunity to use the Handcam as much as I had hoped, but so far I am pleased with it. The pictures taken have been clear and well focused, some taken just using one hand for stills. Good choice so far.
Summary: This is a great camcorder - works beautifully in low light conditions - but I wish it had a viewfinder. I like to have the option to hold the camera up to my eye & reduce glare issues in bright sunlight.