"Incompatible with everything"1.5 starson by minnesota99
Pros: If you are an employee or major sharheholder of Sony, this is for you. Everyone else, avoid the brand.
Cons: Sony products can not be used with Macs (without major workarounds), and the literature and instructions for use are deliberatly misleading in this regard. Moreover, the default HD files can not be burned to use with a DVD player - only a Blu-Ray.
Summary: After making the mistake of buying a Sony without sufficient research (the Best Buy I was at did not have the Canon I was looking for), I was horrified to learn that most of the functionality of the Sony Handycam required me to buy a Windows-based PC (preferably a Sony Vaio) and a Sony Blu-Ray player. After looking around a number of blogs, I learned that Sony's strategy is generally to force customers to use only Sony products - strategy similar to what Microsoft has used extensively and Apple is moving towards via the iPods and iTunes. It took the better part of a day purchasing and downloading additional software and converting files to use the few minutes of video I filmed on our DVD player, the format in which all our other family video is stored. So, while it is possible to use a Sony with other products, the hassle simply isn't worth it. The camera itself is decent - the pictures were mediocre, but it was relatively easy to use. But unless you are committed to a full Sony line of A/V products, and the associated inflated price tag, go with a different brand.