Two words: HARD DRIVE
Come on, it's a HARD DRIVE!!!
The Idea of a Hard Drive camcorder makes me drool. I couldn't even begin to tell you how much time I've spent downloading video from a tape camcorder through a firewire (IEEE 1394) cable wishing I had spent that time editing instead. With a hard drive, it's ... Read full review
The Idea of a Hard Drive camcorder makes me drool. I couldn't even begin to tell you how much time I've spent downloading video from a tape camcorder through a firewire (IEEE 1394) cable wishing I had spent that time editing instead. With a hard drive, it's literally copy and paste: no more sitting and waiting for the video to stream in! An hour's worth of video transfers in literally 5 minutes.
REgardless of that type of media it takes, we need to be realistic about our expectations from it. I've compiled a list of things you should and should not expect from the camcorder:
1. It WILL NOT take a good digital still picture. It's a camcorder. It is designed for video. It's like a car that can brew coffee- it's a car first and a coffee machine second.
2. It is small, very small. This means that you will lose a lot of the features of large cameras: ie. big lenses, 0 lux, huge zooms etc. Don't expect it to do what no small camcorder can: it's a hard drive, not magic.
3. You can in fact add a microphone using Sony's hotshoe located on the top of the camera. Yes, you have to buy the microphone from Sony, but oh well, at least you can do it.
4. There's no use comparing it to a camcorder that costs $100 more. To some peopl (like me) $100 is a lot of money. If you don't want to spend it, this camera is still a great camera. So, just like buying the 3 series BMW, you'll be happy either way. Surely you'd like the 6 series better, but why waste your money if you're satisfied with a great product?
There's probably more, but I'm out of time. Hopefully this helped you out. My mission: keep people from buying mini DVD camcorders... they're terrible.