"Simple, Effective, Affordable - Perfect if on a budget!"5.0 starson by melhsap
Pros: Cost, Quality of Video (True 1080p), Simple Controls, Variety of Settings for Video Format, 3.5mm Exterior Mic Input Jack - HDMI cord included!
Cons: Doesn't ship with a SDHC Memory Card
Summary: I bought this video camera to take family videos of piano recitals, basketball games, etc. to save for posterity, to post for the grandparents to watch, and other typical uses...just the sort of niche in the market it is supposed to fill. The 1080p video is crisp, indoors or out, and putting it on 720p/60fps for action video like the directions tell you to do, makes a huge difference. Yes, it isn't quite what it could be in low light, but it is not as bad as some reviews make it seem - at least not in my opinion. Besides, it not really designed to be a serious movie maker.
While the price isn't bad, I got mine for $149 with free shipping, you will have to invest a little more to really get the most from it. I bought a 32gb SDHC card for $80, an extra battery for $10 (look around on the internet), an external stereo mic (Mine - Sony ECM-DS70P Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone - works great) for $24, and I added a $10 case from Wally World. Total (including camera) - $273ish, but you may be able to do better THE EXTRAS WERE WORTH EVERY PENNY! I get great video, great stereo sound, and have plenty of power.
I am sure something better will come along soon. I've long since accepted that as a fact of modern technology, but for the price and my needs, I'm quite satisfied.
Oh yeah, install the latest 1.06 firmware upgrade, it solves the sound problem that some people are whining about (pun intended)!