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I bought this camera about a year and a half ago and am still very pleased with it. The camera is very easy to use and the buttons are (in my opinion) easy to use and reach from the recording position. I have taken several hours worth of video and haven't run into any sort of mechanical or electrical problems yet. The biggest problems I have with my purchase don't even involve the camera. The USB Cable is extremely short at maybe two feet in length. Sony claims the camera can capture and broadcast live video and audio, but with the USB cable being so short, it really limits the possibilities. I have to move my CPU from under the desk in order to get the cable to reach the desk surface, and barely reaches then. The PIXELA software that comes with the camera is horrid. It's "user friendly" interface is such a pain to deal with and doesn't offer the customization that I would expect. When capturing stills from the video, each still is saved as a .BMP which makes them INCREADIBLY large. To save it as a .JPG you have to export it to another folder and the program limits your exporting to one image at a time. When you have hundreds of images, the process can be very tideous. I'd rather have a function where I can capture them as .JPG and not even have to deal with the .BMP that are on average 225kb a piece. For the file size being that large, I would expect better clarity in the 320x240 pixel images, but I am extremely disappointed. There is no option in the PIXELA program to change either the resolution or image size. Overall I am very pleased with the camera, but very unsatisfied with the PIXELA program and the short USB cable.
This is a superb camera at a reasonable price, however it is no longer shown on the Sony UK website. This probably means that it has been superseded. The picture quality is excellent and the software (Pixella) supplied with the camera is very useful, provided you have a reasonably fast PC, or Mac, with a large hard disk. The only minor complaints I have are:- The camera does not come with a case, or more importantly a tape. In my case I managed to persuade the salesman to throw in a tape as part of the deal. It always pays to bargain. The software takes some getting used to, but once you've mastered it you'll have great fun.
Having just had a baby It was time to get a video camera, I wanted something easy to use, with one of those little screens and that produced reasonable quality recordings. I eventually settled on this base digital offering from sony. Opening the box to recording my first movies couldnt be easier on screen displays make things really easy to set up and figure out. Features are good and a lot will probably never be used in my amateur state. But the default options are well chosen. The camera is nice and compact reasonably light and produces movies that look quite professional. Battery life is excellent giving over 2 hours of continuous use. It is supplied with software to download movies to a PC which can then be manipulated and snippets emaild off to friends and relatives - quite handy when you live further away from home. Overall as a first intro to camcorders I cant really fault it apart from to say that supply of a little case would have been a nice touch.