"High quality camcorder- good images, nice features."4.5 starson by busker9
Pros: Typically superior SONY quality. Precise controls.Reasonably intuitive option set & fairly shallow learning curve. Not loaded with "features" useful only for marketing purposes, e.g image stabilization system: On or off, one mode works very well.
Cons: Ergonomics not the greatest for big handed folks, but not a show-stopper for most. Manual readability's not the greatest either, but certainly as good as average for Japanese electronics, and it IS thorough. Sony's web-based product support is great.
Summary: I did a lot of research & comparison before purchasing this camcorder.
If you want a zillion bells and whistles then you may be disappointed. However, if you're looking for a high quality camcorder with reasonable flexibility and excellent image quality that doesn't require an advanced engineering degree to operate, then I'd highly recommend this one.