"Easy to use and takes great quality vids & pics"4.5 starson by Cpower615
Pros: This camcorder is great for the entry and intermediate user. Perfect for the Mac user. Very clear LCD touch screen. Contains GPS. Takes good 12.0 mpixel pics for a camcorder. Can take pics while videoing. Has a manual focus control switch.
Cons: Wife says that it is a little difficult to hold, not for me. Does not include mini HDMI cable. Due to HD quality videos the load time does seem to take a while, almost double the time of the recording.
Summary: This camcorder replaces Sony's HDR-SR11 & SR12's. A little more expensive than it's counterparts, but has added GPS, a 120GB HDD, and still images at 12.0 mpixels. I bought mine for $1099 at a local retailer. This is a hybrid so you can insert a Memory Stick Pro Duo, but most will have no need for that with the already large HDD. It does very well in low light situations and the its ability to stabilize videos while you are moving or even running is very good. The touch screen is great, it is not too sensitive or not sensitive enough. At first a touch screen sounded bad to me, now I don't want a camcorder without one. You will need a large backup hard drive to store these files or you need to purchase a Blu-ray burner to backup the videos, if you burn the videos onto a regular DVD then you lose the HD quality. I have an 5 month old iMac (fall '08) and this camcorder works very well with it. I had read that the SR11 & SR12 worked well with Macs and so does this one.
You really can't get much easier than this camcorder. It has great quality in it's video and pictures while allowing for some adv. settings to be manually changed. If you are looking for a camera on a more professional level or with a lot of advanced features that you can play around with then this is not your camcorder, but for the rest that want a good investment for their families home memories this is great.