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4.1
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Model:
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Sony Camcorder

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Sony Camcorder
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

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camera sony

These new 3D camcorders make it easy for professionals and hobbyists to add more depth and detail, and capture nuances of complex scenes such as crowds, rain, leaves, snow, reflections, rain,...Read complete review

These new 3D camcorders make it easy for professionals and hobbyists to add more depth and detail, and capture nuances of complex scenes such as crowds, rain, leaves, snow, reflections, rain, etc, like never before.

As 3D video capturing is a rather new technology here are some information that will help you make a better decision before spending your money on an expensive piece of equipment.
The first thing you need to decide is where you're going to watch the video most often. If you are planning to upload the video and watch it online, look for a camcorder that offers one-touch uploading and one that creates anaglyphic videos. These can be viewed with cheap red/cyan glasses to get the 3D effect. These camcorders are generally less expensive.

Most would prefer watching it on a fully compatible 3D HDTV. Most camcorders fall under this category anyway and there are also more costly. These camcorders usually record to an external memory where you can just insert directly to your TV's card slot.

It is also a wise option to invest in a good tripod as the 3D camcorder's image stabilization might not be good enough to keep your videos steady for headache free viewing.

As with non-3D HD camcorders, lighting conditions and zoom quality will quickly reveal the limits and strengths of the camcorder's lenses. All 3D video cameras use the same basic concept of stereoscopic lenses . And because of the polarity involved in creating a stereoscopic image most consumer 3D camcorders work best in well-lit situations.

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Sony quality and service - gone forever?

I researched this purchase a great deal, and I am very satisfied with the features, including Carl Zeiss lens, good optical zoom, pretty good color and video quality.  But soon after I...Read complete review

I researched this purchase a great deal, and I am very satisfied with the features, including Carl Zeiss lens, good optical zoom, pretty good color and video quality.  But soon after I received this item, I started to have problems.  I started to see messages advising me that the heads needed cleaning, ever though I had just purchased the unit.  I started to see lines across the screen, and other digital artifacts (i.e., junk) on playback.

If I had been smart, I would have seen this as a warning sign, and returned it.  Instead, I cleaned the heads, and everything worked fine again -- until just after my warranty expiration. Fortunately, there was a recall that allowed me to return the unit for warranty service.  But even after this service (and one more attempt at repair by Sony), I still have the same problems intermittently, and now I have a continuous, annoying "Lens cover closed" message even when the lens cover is open.  (Just annoying; no practical consequences.)  This unreliability is annoying, and even stressful, when one has little kids and those missed moments feel quite precious.

 I've tried to get Sony to view this as a lemon and just send me another, but they refuse.  Actually, they have some sort of final appeal to their executive offices that I can make, but I refuse to spend another minute doing more paperwork for this.  I am sure, based on their poor service to date, they'd deny it in any case.

Time was, Sony was the gold standard on product features, quality and service.  Now, they're just another consumer electronics company, and have probably ceded their mantle to Samsung.  What a waste.

 I think this has been my last Sony electronic purchase.

 

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5.0

camera sony

By 

from fares,algeria

About Me Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Camcorder:

    These new 3D camcorders make it easy for professionals and hobbyists to add more depth and detail, and capture nuances of complex scenes such as crowds, rain, leaves, snow, reflections, rain, etc, like never before.

    As 3D video capturing is a rather new technology here are some information that will help you make a better decision before spending your money on an expensive piece of equipment.
    The first thing you need to decide is where you're going to watch the video most often. If you are planning to upload the video and watch it online, look for a camcorder that offers one-touch uploading and one that creates anaglyphic videos. These can be viewed with cheap red/cyan glasses to get the 3D effect. These camcorders are generally less expensive.

    Most would prefer watching it on a fully compatible 3D HDTV. Most camcorders fall under this category anyway and there are also more costly. These camcorders usually record to an external memory where you can just insert directly to your TV's card slot.

    It is also a wise option to invest in a good tripod as the 3D camcorder's image stabilization might not be good enough to keep your videos steady for headache free viewing.

    As with non-3D HD camcorders, lighting conditions and zoom quality will quickly reveal the limits and strengths of the camcorder's lenses. All 3D video cameras use the same basic concept of stereoscopic lenses . And because of the polarity involved in creating a stereoscopic image most consumer 3D camcorders work best in well-lit situations.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Affiliation:
    • I am an employee or otherwise affiliated with the brand
     
    4.0

    Sony make believe.

    By 

    from algeria

    About Me Pro Videographer

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      Its a good product you must buy it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      Technology at its fullest, this is a must for electronic buyers!

      By 

      from Bellaire, MI

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      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      this is a must for electtronic buyers!! good HD quality and picture puts you in the middle of every pic and movie!!people who like camcorders and video cameras should add this all new camera/recorder to their christmas list for the holidays!!it is erasonably priced and worth all of the money that is spent on this one item!! i have one of these camera slash video recorders and i have got to say it is one of the best video camera recorders i have ever had seen or have bought from any electronic or best buy store!!!!

       
      4.0

      it is totally user friendly

      By 

      from Beatrice, NE

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      I like this product because it is very user friendly. It's also easy to handle, light weight, and very portable. Takes good quality pictures, yet allowing to you edit photos that you dont like at first. I would recomend it to both a beginner and pro.

       
      5.0

      What a great product!

      By 

      from Bradenton, FL

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      This is a great camera, I use it for everything around the house when filming my family members. It is very clear as well, which is always a plus! I fell in love with this thing the first time i used it!  It is very reliable and easy to use.  Someone familiar with cameras would really enjoy it. It would make a great Christmas gift!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent camera, does everything I want plus more...

      By 

      from Brattleboro, VT

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      I purchasex this camera last summer so I could take some pictures and video at a special Red Sox game for my disabled son. We got to go out on the field and meet some of the players. I was taking video and found I could pause the video and take pictures as the players posed with my son. What a great feature. Without this capability I would have to have had two cameras and this would be very cumbersome. When I got home I easily downloaded these excellent quality pictures and videos into my computer then printed my pictures and easily created and edited my video. This made our special day a life long meorialized thrill to be visited and enjoyed over and over again. Thank you Sony...

       
      5.0

      it is an ectraordinary gift to show u r life with high quality

      By 

      from Richmond, VA

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      My husband bought this camcorder six months back, its an wonderful gift of my life . We got married three months back and we had captured every movement with that. its a fentastic experience with this Sony camcorder and got high quality picture. And its very small and easy to handle. user friendly. I recommended to one of my friends to bye this camcorder. And they bought it too and they are capturing the every sweet and cut moments of their new born baby. I am so glad to express my views about this camcorder. Sony is the best one i ever used.

       
      4.0

      I would be willing to tell all about this product.

      By 

      from Princeton, KY

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      This is a good product for those of us who like to take pictures of our families, who need the comfort of having something small and useable in situations, where we need to be able to take movies at the drop of a hat. This camcorder is ready to go a moments notice and is really easy to use and be able to play again. lite to carry and does not kill your hand or your arm trying to take said movies.

       
      5.0

      buy sony to keep your memories alive

      By 

      from Woburn, MA

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      really a great product i bought this last year really i am enjoying this product i just u to buy this product as a first choice, my friends also bought this one, really they are also enjoying this product, by keeping their memories alive, sony company is a good one i had ever seen, really i enjoy sony company products i got sony digital camera also it is 7.2 mega pixal really good one, friends u also enjoy these products from sony company.

       
      3.0

      Could be better, good value for price

      By 

      from Waynesville, MO

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Sony Camcorder:

      This camcorder is small and easy to hold, with excellent button placement. The only big flaw is in its handling is with the touch screen menu, as it forces the user to dig around for things that, if externally located, could be accessed without disrupting the recording process

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