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5.0 out of 5 stars
Good camcorder, 15 April 2013
Mostly I use a camcorder to take short holiday videos for you tube. I dont like carrying a bag or having the camera around my neck so I look for a balance between size and quality. I went to Berlin at Easter and the camera easily fitted in a coat pocket, but it would be uncomfy in a trouser pocket.
A search on youtube for "pcarton easter berlin" should bring up the video, I used some songs i dont have copyright for so youtube sometimes restricts viewing.
There are also 12 test videos of the camcorder on my youtube chanel, most of these are me trying, and failing, to edit the AVCHD format so it looked as good as the unedited footage. I had heard AVCHD could be difficult to work with and so I bought sony movie platinum to use to edit the footage. Test 2 on you tube is uploaded straight from the camcorder in 1080p50 and it looks great but when i edited and rendered the edited video there was a definate loss of quality. I feel that the videos i took in the mp4 720p format and rendered as 720p look better than the rendered 1080p video i took in the AVCHD format (but not as good as the unedited 1080p50 video).
The zoom, and the stabilization when zooming is great, at 5.41 on the berlin video theres a clip of the police arresting a drunk guy. i was maybe 150 - 200m away, certainly far enough away for the police/drunk guy not to feel i was in their face and got usable footage.
The wide angle lens is also really good for filming indoors and getting the whole scene in. If you wanted to do a piece to camera and didnt have anybody to hold the camera you could get away with holding the camera yourself see 1.06 in the easter video and 1.25 in the taxi video (test 11)
The optical stabilization system BOSS is, i think, the best available and the shots where im walking around are much more usable and easy on the eye than any other camcorder i have used. I read in one of the CES previews that the cx410/430 BOSS wasn't as good as the BOSS in last years cx730 (which is also more expensive with a better lens).
The audios ok, mostly i put music over my videos so audio wasn't a priority for me - theres some original audio both outside and inside in the berlin video at 9.00.
Overall im happy with my purchase