|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DVD, DVD+RW (8cm), DVD-R (8cm), DVD-RW (8 cm)|
|Sensor Type||Advanced HAD CCD|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Focal Length Range||2.3mm - 46mm|
|Lens Filter Size||30 mm|
|Min Illumination||11 lux|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||LP, SP|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Additional Features||Still Shot Capability|
|Night Mode||With Night Shot|
Average review score based on 32 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I have never used/purchased a mini camcorder before. This one was very easy to setup and understand. The video quality seems to be very good. I have not used the camera/photo option yet. The DVD played on my DVD player without any problem. The touch screen menu is super easy to use. I don't plan on editing my video's, or downloading them onto my PC, so I went with this model. Pretty much, using a DVD-R, it's load, record, finalize. That's it. Then pop it into your DVD player to watch. I guess the limitation is only 30 minutes of recording time on the DVD, but that's plenty for me. Cost of the DVD-R's is about $3.00 each, so that is bearable for me as well. I played around with a DVD-RW. Rewriting the disk was easy, and the VR mode allows you to do some editing if you need to.
All and all, I am very pleased with my purchase thus far. I did however buy an extra battery and battery charger - I recommend you do too.
Again, I am not an expert on camcorders, nor have I used anything comparable before, so for me, I have nothing to complain about by comparison. Some of the limited reviews available on the Internet say that this is still a developing technology, and may be worthwhile reading if you already own a mini camcorder, or are looking for something that may be a bit more flexible, or has more features, or better resolution. I can only say this camcorder works exceptionally well for my needs.
I like the touch screen feature. Once you figure out how to customize the menu to the features you would most like use then it's pretty easy to adjust the settings for different lighting conditions.
Only takes about 2or 3 minutes to finalize the dvd and about 10 seconds or less to unfinalize it.
When I bought the camera (used) it didn't come with any software and I haven't had time to download the driver from the internet. Once I do I'll be able to do some editing on the computer.
The one thing I don't like is that if you just got done recording a scene you can immediately delete it if you want but you can't go back an delete any scenes prior to the last one. Maybe on the computer you can but definitely not on the camera itself.
The stability control for the camera is pretty good. Switching modes from video to picture to review/playback and turning off the camera is simply done with a flick of your thumb.
Overall I think it's great.
I just bought mine because I had several giftcards at Circuit City and found a great price on Circuitcity.com I could not decide at the stores due to the different options available and the vast difference in price.
I found that the touch screen controls are very easy to use and am looking forward to trying it out. It did not come with any discs, so I am going out to get some today and therefore cannot comment yet.
FYI, this one does not come with a USB cord and yo must finalize disc before using on the computer or DVD player, but the directions say that if you use DVD+RW, you can still add to the disc after finalaization. (or write over disc if you want. I had thought "finalize" meant final and you couldn't add more later. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
So far, it looks like a great camera for the price. I saved a couple hundred minimum, and have a DVD burner already anyway.
Very nice camcorder. Fits nicely in even my smaller hand, easy to use, many extra's that make recording fun!
I think Sony is the best in everything they make, & we will continue to purchase any of their items with confidence!
I love how easy this is to use...I love the Super Nite Shot Plus!! Very handy!! However..the only downside to this camcorder is that there is no SD Slot..so no still pics until you are totally done writing a disk :(...BUMMER!!! Other than that...no complaints..I love it!!!!