"A great investment"3.5 starson by lancastersam
Pros: High-quality videos, easy to use
Cons: Video format doesn't work on most PCs, very expensive
Summary: I bought this camera or Christmas. I have a 2 year old and I was really interested in getting the best possible image quality. I'm also fond of editing videos and such, which led me to this new HD camcorder in site of the very high price.
Overall I like the camera for a few reasons: first I don't have to mess up with tapes anymore. It has a 30GB drive and that's awesome because you can instantly replay any clip and it's also much faster to upload to a PC. Second, I truly believe that HD is the future and this camera does have superior image quality.
On the flip side I am very disappointed that the format they chose for the HD files, AVCHD, isn't even readable on Windows Media player and other video players. Further, there aren't any commercial video editors that support it yet. Even the Vegas software (from Sony) doesn't support it.
All in all, I feel like this is a long term investment and I am convinced the video format will become more widely supported.