Pros Very good color saturation due to 3ccds (prefer them to sonys cmos sensors). A multitude of connectors including hdmi. Found it easy to transfer the .tod files to my vista workstation and edit in hd with edius neo. It produced beatiful ,crisp videos.
Cons Dont care for the feature that turns camera off when lcd is shut. Auto-focus is a bit slower than id like. Would recommend using the manual settings as opposed to leaving it in auto.
Summary This is a very good camcorder at a reasonable price. As far as consumer hd camcorders go, this is as good a image quality ive seen with as many features as you will ever need. It was instantly recognized by my dell inspiron running vista home and transferred files with absolutely no hiccups.
Pros Picture quality, hard drive medium, size, external mic option
Cons Manual controls are menu based, files need conversion prior to editing, FAT32 drive limits file size to 4GB, built in LED light is out of balance, no direct headphone out
Summary I picked up this camera becuase my MiniDV cam started eating up tapes, and I was getting ready for a week at Disneyland. This being my first HD HDD Cam, I am very impressed with the fact that I don't need to buy and tote tapes anymore. The camera fist very well in my hand, although I wish there was another start/stop button for the times when I'm either holding the camera at waist level or pointing towards myself.
I love the quality of the image. It took me some time to figure out the White Balance controls and I did need to consult the manual (just a gripe about everything being menu based). But once I got the hang of it, it's a piece of cake.
I have only a few issues with this camera. First is that the hard drive uses a FAT32 format on the drive, which limits the file size to 4GB. And when you're working with HD video, 4GB isn't that big. This limitation hasn't affected continuous recording as I've never just let the camera record continuously for an hour. I will test this at some point. Where it causes an issue is when I edit clips and render a .tpd file in PowerDirector that results in a file bigger than 4GB, it will not copy back to the camera hard drive.
Second issue is the crappy built in LED video light, but I guess most built in camera lights suck.
Third issue is that the native .tod files need conversion before they can be edited, even with the included Cyberlink software. There are are third party plugins for direct editing, but they are not cheap.
Other than that, overall it's a great addition to my video making arsenal.
Pros Picture quality, 60 Gig hard drive, recent drop in price: 899 Canadian dollars. Stylish.
Cons Software provided with camcorder can burn DVD & Blue Ray not HD DVD. The manual has left out some details. 2 Mega Pixel still picture quality.
Summary Make sure you read the manual thoroughly before using the camcorder. Remember the best picture quality is obtained on XP setting NOT 1440CBR.
"Great camera"on by mike12_34
Pros Great design , amazing quality , 60 gb. HDD (no more tapes!!)
Cons no viewfinder...
Summary Easy to use (your a noob if cant figure out how to use a TOD. file)
Pros Video Quality, Sound Quality, The option to record on HDD and SD Card, The feel and design.
Cons .TOD Format (See Below)
Summary When you hook it up to your PC you can easily find the videos or pictures you've taken. Although they are in a .TOD format which was not compatible with my pc. After only 5 minutes with google, I found it'll work perfectly if you simply change the movie001.TOD to movie001.JPG without flaws. It was my only gripe with this camcorder but anyone should be able to figure that out especially with a search engine. Great camcorder and very pleased with my purchase.I made a mistake, just change the .tod to mpg. not jpg. sorry.
Updated on Jan 7, 2010