'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.'
'Great camcorder for electronic news gathering and independent filmmaking alike'
'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'
'poorly located microphone.'
'It's a textured plastic that feels a bit like sandpaper – we're not huge fans.'
'Video quality is very good.'
'sound quality is subpar'
'A high-end Leica lens provides excellent detail and color, and the flash that sits behind the lens can swivel into place when needed'
'The mini wired remote, with its own record, zoom, and photo buttons, is a welcome bonus for lefties.'
'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.'
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