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I have been the very lucky and proud owner of this Handycam from Sony for a little over a year now, and I`m still impressed and delightful to experience just how good a camera this is, all though coming with one irritating disadvantage, still a great camera that I take with me on holidays, celebrations, hikes, everything really!
This is a camera coming with a fold out screen, a screen of clear and well balanced quality, allowing you to flip it back in in order to save space, as this camera`s biggest advantage is just how small and light weight it is! They say it`s mini and they are absolutely true, this video camera is so small that it looks in every way like a normal digital camera, but with a 10 x optical zoom, you can record amazing video, without having to drag along a heavy and difficult to use and set up video camera, as lucky for me, this handycam is incredibly easy to use as well! It comes with a easy to follow guideline book, and I have not yet experienced difficulty in how to use it...
The one and rather irritating disadvantage I have to mention in regards of this camera, is the fact that for some reason, the length of battery symbol doesn`t always function as it should, sometimes informing me that the battery capacity is half way, but then suddenly the camera not functioning due to lack of battery... This is something I have now grown used to, but it`s still irritating and shouldn`t occur... However, that aside, this camera has been a great companion on holidays and all occasions, so I would definately recommend it, as a small and practical handycam, perhaps not suitable for professional use, but a great addition for those enjoying to capture the moment! I am not entirely certain how much I paid for this camera when I bought it, will come back with that information as soon as I can.
I've had this camera for a little over a year and have been over the moon with it. The video quality in very bright and low light conditions is brilliant, far better than I'd been used to with video in the past. The camera just sorts everything out for you. There are manual overrides, but I've never used any of them except for the 'infinity' focus. Something else which is brilliant about the camera is it's size. I had previously been put off by video cameras because of their size. With the latest DV cameras you can use it without it being obvious that you are videoing. People often think it is just a digital camera. To be even more descrete the camera has a viewfinder which you view by putting your eye to the back of the camera. The fold-out screen is very convenient though. My biggest regret with the camera is the lack of ability to capture stills. When I bought the camera I was told that it could take stills. That's true in a sense, but you can only print them on a video printer. Pretty useless feature. The PC3, which costs a little more uses the Sony proprietry memory stick to save still photos. The memory stick can then be inserted into a floppy-disk like device and the digital image transferred to a PC. If I'd known the limitation of the PC2 I'd definitely gone for the PC3. Besides the memory stick option of the PC3, the PC2 and PC3 are identical. I have discovered that Sony have recently brought out the PC4 and PC5, which is smaller and has even more features. It has the same optics, and is about 2cm shorter. I wouldn't recommend the PC2 or PC3 anymore. Pay that bit extra and go for the PC5 (the PC4 has the same limitations as the PC2 vs. PC3) I bought the camera outside the UK (but still in Europe) and Sony-UK have been really difficult to deal with. I have had to return the battery and received a replacement, but not without hassle.