Summary: I have shot news professionally and still own a broadcast Betacam and my faithful Canon GL 1 mini DV camera. I bought this camera as a Sony-refurbished play-thing with MPEG-4 technology. I also was told that is should be seen by newer Macs with the latest iLife software as an AVCHD camcorder. My iBook is 7 years old so when I fire up my Mac Mini - I will have a better idea on IF it will work with iMovie or not.
Doesn't live up to expectations of a sony product.
John M. Krumenacker, Amazon
25 January 2008
Summary: Generally, my first impression was that the camera is cheaply constructed. The LCD screen feels very very brittle, and friends who have borrowed it said the same thing. The door over the connectors is held in with a small piece of again cheap plastic or rubber material. I see this door falling off in short order. Recordning is fairly easy. Push the button and it starts, push the button and it stops. The video quality outdoors is reasonable.
Summary: Sony really pulled the wool over our eyes with this one. The sleek design and attractive features catch our attention, but for what? I purchased this camera as soon as I heard about it (Even after reading some not-so-great reviews), but it was definitely a poor decision! The picture quality is so-so, but the video is AWFUL. It's really dark, there's a motion blur because the capture is slow, and the sound is tunnel-like. This is worth $50, not $160!
Summary: I have to say I read the reviews and so I purchased this. It is light weight. Simple to use. Great size. ONE HUGE ISSUE: the light is for the flash for taking pitures not recording. That means if the light is dim even if you change the settings you will get a dark video. I returned it - very disppointed.