'novice-friendly Easy button'
'Superb 1080i image quality, loads of manual features'
'The lighter-colored noise in the Sony is more apparent to the eye.'
'Good selection of outputs including USB2.0, Firewire, Component, HDMI.'
'Relatively sharp video'
'For a “budget HD” camcorder, this is perhaps the best we've seen.'
'Without any sort of magnification and finer control than the touch screen allows, the manual focus is close to useless'
'With the 8GB flash drive, you'll have built-in memory that prepares you to capture the unexpected.'
'adjustable screen brightness'
'On the left side of the body sit a few, slightly difficult to feel, controls: backlight compensation, display, and video light, plus a manual focus toggle and somewhat loose focus dial.'
'It's relatively big, weighing 1 pound, 5.4 ounces, though it fits into a large, loose jacket pocket'
'It looks cool, Sony, but you get an F in functionality.'
'The zoom switch, however, is the worst control on the camera and is difficult to manipulate with any finesse.'
'extremely compact, consumer-priced MiniDV camcorder'
'The Panasonic PV-GS250 has a good selection of features that make it an attractive option for those who like to tinker with settings.'
'LCD is average'
'no built-in flash'
'The PV-GS320's hand strap is hung so low that the camcorder flops to the side of the palm of the hand at an awkward angle.'
'Another questionable design decision puts the FireWire and USB ports for transferring video to your PC under the battery.'
'Another questionable design decision puts the FireWire and USB ports for transferring video to your Mac under the battery.'
'The hinge is thin, flexible, and could easily hyper-extend or even snap off if not handled with care.'
'The new Sony HD HDR-HC7 is bound to spark interest among beginning or casual shooters looking for their first HDV camcorder and even serious hobbyists looking for an unobtrusive second camcorder.'
'Annoying touch screen interface'
'Sony has attempted to improve colour shooting under low-light conditions with a 'color slow shutter', but this isn't perfect, with a juddery effect.'
'No card compatibility with Sony lat panel TVs.'
'Its 10X optical zoom might seem tame next to the 30X+ zooms now finding their way into lower-end models'
'Still quality for outdoor and indoor shots using the built-in flash is acceptable for small, uncropped prints.'
'the Panasonic PV-GS300 is a pretty neat camcorder'
'It's a little bulkier than some other models, at 5.3 inches long and just under 3 pounds'
'Some manual controls are a little awkward to access.'
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