Pros Compact, lightweight, excellent video quality colors (not filming dark as the JVC), easy software installation, easy to connect to either TV or computer, digital touch-screen and easy review of videos/pictures.
Cons Photo quality is MEDIOCRE - I haven't seen pictures so bad since the first digital cameras in the 1990's.
Summary I like this video camcorder a lot. It is so easy to use and the video quality is excellent if you compare it to the JVC Everio. You really have to try both of these same-class models before you buy as they are very similar... the one thing that really decided me was when I tried the Sony the colors were so much brighter and truer. But then again, it is a camcorder, NOT a camera and the photo quality is yucky.
Pros It was eay to carry, easy to use
Cons Went to dowload the video off the camera AND my father in law's camera (same model) followed instructions, received HDD format error both times on both cameras. What are the odds? Lost all the video of my sons first year on both cameras
Summary It you want to preserve your memories, don't buy this camera. the HDD is too sensitive and unreliable.HDD FORMAT ERROR
Updated on Mar 21, 2010
Pros Can store a lot of video.
Cons Even at HQ, the imagery is always unacceptably fuzzy.
Summary I got the camera as I was beginning to record in wide screen. Even at HQ, the imagery is fuzzy and shooting "anamorphic" in my old digital8 actually produces a significantly better picture. Now that I shoot HiDef, I try on occasion to use it as a backup camera, but, it just always seems to be not at all sharp. I didn't expect it to be HiDef, but, did hope for clear images. It is possible, that I just got the one bad one, but, I do not like it at all.
Pros Easy menu navigation, attractive design, overall picture quality (when in HQ--see below).
Cons None signficant, unless what happened to me happens to you! (see below)
Summary I purchased this camcorder in June 2009. Less than a month later, I was filming video and it suddenly malfunctioned. The messages I got were "Buffer Overflow," "Unable to access HDD," after which it would go to "Data Recovery." I could only record for 20-30 seconds and it would happen again. That video was lost as a result. Long frustrating story short, I could only rectify the problem by formatting (i.e., erasing) the hard drive before a shoot. Recently, I forgot to do this and it was still recording okay, but just today the same error occurred, so I have sent it in for service.
In the beginning, the initial event and mediocre video quality made me quite sour on this purchase. I later found out it had a High Quality setting. This improves the video signficantly. I don't know why this isn't the default mode. The idea is you can store more video in the default mode, but even in HQ there is ample storage.
Having spent a good deal of money on this thing, I can't just give it up, and am trying to learn to like it. Actually, once in HQ mode I was certainly satsified with the camcorder. I still have a soft spot for my old Sony mini-DV camcorder. In many ways that was a superior camcorder, but it eventually broke down, and besides that I could see the way of the future and that mini-DVs were going out of style. It is nice to not have tapes to deal with. If I were doing it over again, though, I'd probably go with a different brand and get a lower storage model.
Pros Captured great pictures, vidoes were good until.....
Cons Followed the dirctions and attempted to upload the pictures.....HDD format error.....It appears that all of the summer vacation pictures are lost. Emailed Sony, I highly doubt they will be able to assist this matter, still waiting for a response