"Great Performer for the Money"5.0 starson by D-Holmes
Pros: Very small and easy to carry.
Touchscreen menu is intuitive
Very good wide and long zoom
Surprisingly good screen image
Very good image stabilization
Cons: View screen can be hard to see in bright daylight
Photo quality is barely adequate
Summary: I bought this as an inexpensive backup to my pricier Canon Vixia to go on motorcycle trips, boats etc so if I killed it it would not be a financial disaster. It exceeded my expectation.If you will buy the HDR-CX130 I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: bestdealschecking.info/sony-hdrcx130
Very small and easy to carry.
The touchscreen menu is intuitive and offers lots of in camera editing features for this price.
Very good wide and long zoom. No accessory wide angle lens needed but I recommend a polarized filter in very bright situations.
Surprisingly good screen image for the price - would definitely satisfy most non professional users. Colours are true and detail is crisp.
Focusing can sometimes be a touch slow but the feature that allows you to follow focus by touching the subject on the screen works really well.
Very good image stabilization which you need for a light camera with a long zoom.
The supplied battery is good for two hours and most people won't need to buy a backup. You can leave the charger at home and use the USB cable in the camera plugging it into your computer or similar power supply - quite cool as the charger is bigger than the camera.
Takes cheaper easier to get SD cards as well as Sony memory stick.
View screen can be hard to see in bright daylight but improves if you wear polaroid glasses and shadow the screen with your body or hand. As the screen is polarized you will see the full brightness even with your glasses on but the rest of what you see will be shaded. Not nearly as bright and clear as my Vixia but usable.
Photo quality is barely adequate. Carry a still camera
In extremely high contrast bright situations highlights can burn out - a neutral density or polaroid filter helps this but it doesn't happen a lot.
Indoor shooting is fine with good room light. It can be a bit grainy and there is no infra red nightshot but it is not a $1200 camera, not for paranormal hunters so it should satisfy most people.
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Summary - Well built tiny camera that will give you quite good video and sound.
Updated on Nov 30, 2011
Hope this helps.