Pros Easy to use, easy to learn. Available accessories are nice. Software is easy to use too.
Cons Software can make XP unstable due to conflict with HP software. It is fussy about the 8 gig memory cards, but most 4 gigs will work with no problem. Almost have to buy the sony 8gig if ya want maximum memory. NO discription of software on package.
Summary Like most electronics that you buy today, there is little information covering the software that comes with the item.biggest complaint is lack of record time available. oh, and I never use the little DVD option.
You cannot use this as a cam order as there is no direct feeds. I found most brand name 4 gig memory cards work well, but to max out, the 8 gig one has to be a sony, even then I went thru 3 before I got one to work. I finally took it to the store and we opened up 2 packages, this was after I tried to get 3 of them off of ebay for a cheaper price. None of them worked either. Picture quality is ok, but is not High def. Sound pick up is good too, all things onsidered. The one thing that bothers me about this itme is that the coftware that comes with it can make your computer unstable, if you have any HP products on your system, like a printer or HP cam. batery power is as can be expected. I bough the extra mid range battery and double charger. it works great.
Overall I am happy with this, but think it ould have been a little better.
Updated on Mar 1, 2010
Pros Great videos and pictures. Choice of recording medium (Dvd or Memory Stick Pro)
Cons So far there is nothing that I don't think is great.
Summary The lens is superior. Zoom takes a little practice but once I got the feel for it became smoooth. I wanted the dvd option rather than the internal memory. Good price too,
Pros Its a great camera. really easy to use. Quality is really good. Some people think its good for "starters" but if you really need a camera then you need to get this camera. I film skateboarding videos everyday and nothing bad has happend.
Cons It doesnt focus automatically all the time but it fixes it self.
Summary ******* AWESOME CAMERA
"below average."on by mike12_34
Pros has a viewfinder, can record to a memory stick
Cons bad quality, records to dvd disc,Not easy to use with a Mac, Disk size is horrible, has a not responsive touch screen, records 2ch stereo only,
Summary Negatives outweigh the positives. I would recommend getting a HDD camcorder ...
Pros For a first time camera, it is a bit difficult to get used to all the available features. However, with some experimentation, you are all set to go. I suggest using the memory chips as main meda storage. The 30 min disks are nice, but rarly used.
Cons only 30 mins of disk time. 16gb mem disks give error warning even though documentation says you can run them. And I run the sony made memory chip. Software that comes with it is a bit confusing at first.
Summary For my first cam corder I am very pleased with this unit as basic as it is. I now know what I would like to upgrade to, and for now this one will do the job I have for it.
It is a little bulky due to the added 30 min dvd disk drive, but still very nice. I took a few weeks of experimenting with it, and the various settings to get a really good feel of it, espicaly the auto focus and other functions of it. Overall I am very satisified with it and am glad I choose this, over a digital camera which will be my next purchase, unless I upgrad to a HD camcorder.