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This is taken from my Ciao review - d15549
The camcorder is great for anyone who just wants to point and shoot. The Hard Disk Drive makes this so easy to playback footage and for editing. You can just plug it into the computer and view the shots that you took, without having to play through tapes. It also has a better picture quality because of this. The only risk is through dropping the camera, however, Sony have added a G sensor which knows when the Camera is falling, so the hard disk drive can protect itself to ensure that your videos are kept safe. This camera also has a lovely 2.7 inch touch screen, which makes going through menus a breeze. There are other features such as the external microphone, photo mode, and a great 120x digital zoom. I bought this when HD camcorders were first arriving onto the market. This was the only option for my budget, and I also didn't see the point in HD for home movies, unless I was going to film something a bit more professional. Overall, a great budget camera!