Summary: SONY HVR-S270U is a nice camera. As I outlokked the Model U is only for NTSC and can't use it in HOng Kong, then, I try to seek local SONY Service Centre see if WORLD CAM UPGRADE can be done. The result is no such service in Hong Kong. If I send back the camera to USA for upgrade, the costong is very high. In this connection, I have no other way but to buy a PAL model in Hong Kong.
Super economical with reliability and extremely user friendly.
9 February 2013
Summary: I use this camera for news gathering and record to both HDV tape and CF card. Station abroad needs the raw footage on HDV so I would FedEx the tape. Then I send the footage on the CF card over the internet. Even if the tape gets lost, I still have a backup. Works same with the Z7U but this camera sits on your shoulder well balanced. S-270 does the job well and the camera is very economical and perfect for what I do.
Summary: Funny how people compare old SD camcorders costing at least 10x more ans these one. You're right, S270 is not as well build than the older one. But what could you have elswhere for 10K$. The "Z" serie from Sony is one of the best in the market (especially Z7). this one is the same on a shoulder mount. You're right, don't expect HDCam SR and 4:4:4 format... It's just an excellent transition between SD and HD. PS; forgive my english, I'm a french user.
Summary: Purchased two S270U cameras to replace oldie but goodie DVCAM model 300's. These cameras are not bad replacements to move into HD but don't expect HDCAM output from them (although cameras do have HD-SDI output). Almost too many options on these cameras. Flash card recorder is good for those who don't need extremely long record times. Might opt for ENG lens over the one it comes with if I had to do over.
Summary: Can shoot both tape and Solid State at same time saves time in editing and allows tape back-up. Buyers should not expect $30K-90K camera quality picture. But this cameras picture beats my $80K camera from 10 years ago! It shoots great low light and has variety of formats for the person that needs long format recording.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Works fine in cold weathe
Summary: I've owned Sony cameras since the days of the DXC-1600 and I feel the cameras have gone down in quality as time goes along. This camera seems very cheaply built, poor operators manual and disappointing features. Why can't I get video or y/c out when I use the LCD viewfinder, I can do that with my Z-1s. I think Sony needs to drop back, review the design of this camera and send a new one to whoever bought the original.
Summary: Love the wide range of formats although not a great fan of HDV format.... Great camera for Small Documentaries, Events But yes lacks image quality. Good price. Maybe compensate the Image quality with some better lenses.
Summary: I shoot a wide variety of things from live events to TV commercials and TV show segments to corporate video for web and DVD. This camera goes from one job to another with the same great performance and ease of use. The flexibility of being able to shoot to CF cards, miniDV tape or full sized DV tape (for 4 1/2 hours of recording time) is an incredible advantage. Image quality and color are stunning with the new CMOS technology.
Pros: CF cards improve workflow, Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Long recording time, Versatile
Cons: Ships without batteries, Ships without tripod plat
Summary: We had high expectations when we purchased the HVR-S270U camera due to its specs and tape/CF card recording. Unfortunately the image quality was totally unsatisfactory. Out of the box the camera looks terrible. Crushed blacks and lifeless color. When we used the camera's menu-driven setting controls we were able to marginally improve the image, especially the black levels.