Summary: Let me say, first, I am not a Professional, National Geographic videographer. I am a semi professional photographer. My 3 Nikons have served me well, with more that 300,000 shots. Now on to my personal experience with this camera. Let me address the negative feedback that I have seen from a few. Low Light. I purchased this camera SPECIFICALLY to shoot indoors. It's primary use is to record church services.
Summary: No disappointment at all! I was told I would receive my camera between the 10th-25th and it arrived FIVE DAYS EARLY on the 5th!!! Extremely impressed with the timely delivery and quality of the product. I will definitely keep this company in mind for future references.
Summary: This camera is perfect for the type of pro videos I shoot...the right mix of professional features with prosumer size and cost. I won't use most of the additional pieces included in the kit, but I couldn't beat the price. Everything was shipped quickly and I have no issues at all.
Great older model HDV camera in a smaller form factor
2 January 2012
Summary: Excellent camera for working in tight spaces or crowded areas. Due to its size, it is also very good as a JIB mounted camera. Good complement to the larger HVR-HD1000 that we use. It uses the lower resolution 1440 x 1080i HDV, but we find that adequate for what we do. Also the 24p feature allows truly professional looking, film like videos.
Summary: I purchased 2 of this on ebay, and LOVE THEM BOTH easy to use the 24p option is incredible, only isue low light could be dificult but not impossible you just have to adjust the camera settings and you r ready to shoot
Summary: Generally I do like this camcorder, however if you expect to shoot indoors (or out) with less than a 60 watt bulb within 1 foot of the subject....not 2 feet mind you.... all you will get is "grainy" video. Very poor at early morning or late evening shots outdoors. Sony claims a 4 lux rating.....more like 40. I'm looking for a light now, but not sure if the outdoor shots will ever work. I film wildlife in low light......will probably have to trade this camera in.