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What a camera! I'm obtaining stunning images from this machine and I couldn't be happier with the results. Only a couple of gripes really:
1. No wrist strap is supplied although there is a sturdy hand grip. I prefer the extra security that a wrist strap provides so I've purchased one separately (strangely, Sony don't seem to offer these for sale so it's a Canon branded one instead. Shame.).
2. The software disc supplied suggests that it doesn't support Windows 7 64 bit version so I didn't bother installing it (although it's easy enough to access the pdf Manual on the disc without installing the software). I have Cyberlink PowerDirector 8 installed and it was the easiest of operations to import the images from the camera, edit away to my heart's content then burn the result to a Blu-Ray disc. A word of warning though - the image files the camera creates are big beasts so you'll need plenty of space and memory to cope.
Small quibbles really and not enough to deserve 4 rather than 5 stars. If you can afford this camera then buy it now (especially in the UK before VAT increases in January 2011). You won't be disappointed.
(oh, and the still shots it produces are pretty impressive too - the best I've ever seen from a camcardor, in fact)