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.
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.
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....
Summary: the model of this camera is not a true as described. It is not worthy the monet it is costing. The model HVR_V1U is 1080p but this is HVR_V1U 1080i. Sony company do have such camera. I can't recommend anyone to buy this camera. It is better to use ordinary camcorder.