High Definition Flash (AVCHD) Handycam® camcorder
Finally the HOLY GRAIL of camcorders!
I've been a Sony guy for a long time and they just keep getting better! I can't say enough good things about the audio controls. Duel XLR, manuel control. Put one channel on internal mic, one on shot gun or wireless. Mic/line switch is handy. Some have said the on board mic is no good but you have to switch the wind noise filter to off and its good. The focal lenght is awesome, it is super wide and zooms in plenty. No need to buy expensive wide angle lens! I love all the manuel controls on the left side of the camera! The touch screen is cool too! Coming from a FX1000 the coolest thing is NEVER running out of tape again. A 32 gig card goes 242 minutes on FH (second best setting)! Plus NO MORE GLITCHES! I am SO done with tape! Another plus coming from the VX2000, PD150 AND FX1000 cameras is all lanc remotes and batteries work with this cam too! I got this for $3200 plus tax and at this price, what an amazing deal! I am ordering another as soon as this one is paid for. Go for the interest free financing and low cost Sony extended warranty too! I love this camera!
February 23, 2012
It records very good with excellent colors. I have had no problems with it at all. Uses up to 32GB SD cards. I am very happy with this camcorder and i might buy another one.
Thank You Sony
December 22, 2011
Best Bang for your Buck!
As of today, May 11, 2011 this camera offers the most for your $3,500. I've given it my BIU4 Award (Best Investment Under $4k). There isn't much this camera can't do. Add 2-32GB SD cards and 2 large batteries and you're self contained for 6 hours out on location, in the desert, at the beach, sporting event or wedding.
I've already shot 12 projects with it and I don't have a single complaint. Other than the small LCD display I love this camera. Yes...the camera video files (AVCHD) work perfectly with my Final Cut Pro system.
The image quality is exceptional under all conditions. Ok so it's not as good as my SONY EX1R ($6,300 camera) but still very good quality. With multiple frame rates and resolutions this will quickly turn into your bread and butter tool. Dual XLR connections with true on board audio level control. Smooth zoom and a killer 20X zoom lens. BTW. No other camera in it's class has a 20X optical zoom.
Although the LCD screen is small it's very handy for low or high shots. Small but crystal clear viewfinder. Dual 32GB SD card/slots give me over 6 hours of Full HD recording. Love the HDMI port. Logical button placements and Headphone jack. LANC control for full rear control. There are so many additional features the camera offers I simply impressed with what you get for the price.
I'm actually surprised SONY isn't charging more for this camera....wait a minute... They are... did someone say NX5U for $4,599? In all fairness the NX5U does offer a few more options but other than that they are identical.
If you're an event videographer then this is an absolute solid investment. You should at least give it a serious consideration prior to purchasing anything else.
May 11, 2011
This is a wonderful camera. Also a note for those who have trouble with the audio drops due to the 2GB file size PLEASE READ:
YOU WILL NOT LOSE FRAMES/AUDIO WHEN YOU IMPORT YOUR FOOTAGE WITH THE INCLUDED SOFTWARE! I REPEAT, YOU WILL NOT LOSE FRAMES/AUDIO WHEN YOU IMPORT YOUR FOOTAGE WITH THE INCLUDED SOFTWARE! USE IT!
Brilliant work with this camera, Sony, I will likely be buying a second for my videography company.
April 6, 2011