"Very disappointing!"2.0 starson by prgdir
Pros: Compact, good lens.
Cons: Below acceptable picture quality, too many features for still pictures.
Summary: I decided I'd like to try the hard disc, and after having two excellent Sony Camcorders, this seemed like a good choice. Luckily I was just back from vacation and was watching about 20 minutes worth of video taken with my older Sony digital-8 camcorder when I decided to try the SR-42. I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. But the SR-42's picture quality is nowhere near what my digital-8 camcorder gives me.
Aside from that, there are way too many features for still picture-taking. Why on earth would someone buy this for that purpose? Any 150 dollar camera will take better still-pictures than most any camcorder.
Ah well, different strokes.
This Camera might be good for a first-timer who is computer oriented. It goes back to the store, and I see no reason to move from my Sony digital-8 to any other tape format.