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Astonishing Performance, Incredible Value,
This review is from: Sony DCR-HC19E Handycam MiniDV Camcorder [20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD] (Electronics)
I bought this to replace a JVC VHS-C camcorder I've had since '91. I've used other DV cams in the interim (mostly Panasonic GS series) and can confirm that the EC19 represents outstanding value for money.
Picture quality is A1, and not just for the price. The Carl Zeiss lens really makes a difference and delivers perfect results in indoor and outdoor conditions.
The controls are intuitive and, as other reviewers have mentioned, genuinely idiot proof (I should know...) and very well laid out.
Transfer to my Powerbook and VAIO laptops was trivial to setup and works perfectly. I can't really recommend the bundled Sony software (why is 98% of Sony software soo rubbish? C.f. Sonic Stage) but Click to DVD/Adobe Premiere/Windows MovieMaker on the VAIO and iMovie and Final Cut Pro on the Mac are fully compatible and ensure perfect edits every time - with the higher-end software you can even control the camera from the computer!
The EC19 is also extremely lightweight, tiny and the battery lasts for hours so long as you don't overdo it with the LCD. Another great feature is 'NightShot' which lets you film in 0 light conditions by means of a cunning infra red beam which guarantees this camcorder will give you hours of fun in the dark :)
Any gripes? Nope. Very highly recommended
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2013 11:05:52 BDT
How do you upload videos with this camera to your computer without the software, is it possible? would be grateful for an answer going slightly insane!!!
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