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I've owned this camera for a few months now.Its my first HD camcorder,so I shall not comment on other HD camcorders however I must say that since purchasing this product I have not looked back.
Its compact (fits in the palm of my hand) has a lovely silver colour and performs brilliantly.Even my old dvs look remarkably clear when I play them via this camera.
Initially when I bought this I didn't realise it was a touchscreen operated camera.However the touchscreen features are so easy to use it hasn't posed a problem at all,and alot of my family are quite impressed by how 'advanced' it appears to be!
In daylight I have found the pictures/videos to be of superior quality.No severe darkness when the sun is behind the subject.And during the evening when the lights are on the camera has not posed any problems either.
I've been told it has a carl zeiss lens.And although I didn't feel that held any relevance I have found that my webcam which also has this feature performs much better than cameras without this lens.
Other reviews have mentioned its battery life being a bit limited but I personally haven't had this experience so I have no complaints there.
I definately recommend this product for family memories and hope that mine stays intact for many years to come.
The HDR-HC5E is a handy size and lightweight HDV1080i High Definition Handycam with ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and an HDMI connection.