Compact camera w/720p movie and 3" LCD
Multiple Use Review
First, let me explain my 5 out of 5 rating. I based the rating on the comparison of price vs. quality and not the comparison of this product vs other products.
I have used this camera in A LOT of different situations... I live in FL and used it at the beach, I travel to NYC and I have used it in the snow, I have also used it at automotive auctions both outdoors and indoors, and I have used it at theme parks when we take our daughter. In every situation the pictures and video have come amazing. This was one thing I was worried about because you usually only get what you pay for and I am the type of person who will only watch movies on blu-ray in 1080p and can't stand a "good" quality image. It has to be a "GREAT" quality image to meet my expectations and this camera has done that.
Keep in mind the "Out of the box" settings are not the best and you will need to change some of the settings on the camera in order to get the most out of the quality of this camera.
Prior to purchasing this camera I read some of the other reviews on here and they seem to be very in-accurate reviews. One of them gave this camera 1 star only because it didn't come with a memory card. Well, usually with a digital camera you will want to check the box to see if it comes with one and if a camera doesn't then you should be prepared to purchase one. I purchased the 8GB sony duo card and I have held multiple videos 1min+ in length along with over 100 pictures in the highest quality all on the same card. Nor did it cost me anywhere near $50. The 8gB sony card was only $20 at best buy.
Also, I really enjoy the fact that I can easily fit this in my jeans pocket and the fact that Sony sells a clear protective cover for the LCD display. But, I wouldn't recommend carry the camera around in your pocket very often as it is made out of plastic and not metal.
I will def. be purchasing both the mount for the handlebar on my harley and the tripod as this is a good enough Video Camera to use on a regular bases(as long as you have a large enough memory card).
The only cons I have on this camera is 1) It only has a 4x Optical zoom. I refuse to record video or take pictures using digital zoom as it stretches pixels and gives you less clarity in your photo/video. But, I have not had a reason to need to zoom in past the 4x optical zoom. So, this isn't so much as a con for me as it might be to other purchasers.
2) Being that the video is in 720p and you can watch the videos directly from this camera to the tv, I wish they would have included an hdmi cable for the camera. BUT, being that the camera is only $100 and you are already getting way more with this camera than what you are paying for I have no problem hunting one down and paying for it.
For the price, you really can't go wrong with this camera. Me, my wife, friends and family are all highly impressed with this camera, being that the camera only cost $100.
February 6, 2012
Great Camera - Highly Recommend
This is my very first digital camera and I bought it on the salesman's recommendation at Best Buy that it is one of the easiest cameras to operate. I am 64 and not too tech literate. I was almost in tears because I didn't understand one word I was reading in the handbook that came with the camera. So I called Sony tech support (would you believe it was on Thanksgiving Day) and I got a "live" person who stayed on the phone with me for almost 3 hours and helped me to set up the camera for "basic" photo mode. She also helped me to learn how to download the pictures into my computer, where the pictures would be, how to delete pictures or review them and all the basic operations I needed to know in terms of how to operate the camera. I have taken many pictures since and have also went to stores like CVS to get prints as well. The pictures are beautiful. Don't know yet how to work the video mode but this live phone tech support will be with me for as long as I own the camera and I will call when I am ready for the next learning experience. I really recommend this camera to everyone. Great camera and great price.
December 20, 2011
Can't recharge battery from USB
This camera has a lot of great features and takes great pictures. For me, it has ahuge flaw that I can't get past. I can't recharge the battery via USB as I'm transferring pictures to my computer. I'm so disapointed by this shortcoming that I'm going to sell the camera and buy one that can recharge the battery via USB.
December 19, 2011