Image quality is very good, as you'd expect really. Vastly better than a standard definition model. The screen is also very impressive. Thoroughly recommend having a demo of the camcorder before buying though.
The camcorder feels really well made and appears quite practical. Little features like the docking station and slide away covers for the USB ports make it feel well thought through. Basic operation is great, and in use the camcorder is very quiet.
Operation through a combination of buttons and the touch sensitive screen. Not yet sure about how long lived this will make the screen.
Copying files to a computer is super fast - so much easier than with tapes. Very happy here! Oddly it takes quite a long time to transfer them back from computer to camcorder.
It comes with basic software to move files between the internal disk and your computer, and is certainly useful as windows media Player doesn't support AVCHD out of the box. However you'll need something else for editing the videos.
Had an issue with playback through the Sony software: the picture was super washed out when playing from my laptops HD but worked fine when playing (on the laptop) from the camcorder. Weird. Did a lot of searching on the forums and it seems to be a common problem relating to drivers of graphics cards. Downloading the latest drivers from Dell's support site cured the problem.
Other worries: battery life isn't great, but that seems common across the board & bigger batteries are available. The manual warns not to use above 3,000m or the HD dies, and have heard the horror stories. 95% of the time not a problem, but is annoying for trips to the Alps. Would like an option to record to memory stick for these times - granted you can record direct to memory stick, but the disk still spins up, so would suffer from the low pressure.
All in all, pretty darn happy. But to give a full 5 stars I'd be looking for Sony to bundle editing software, and doing something about the low pressure issue.
The Sony HDR-SR11E is a lot of camera for your money. Our first outing was to Boston in the US and a Red Sox game and I have to say the images both in sunny daylight and artificial lighting are stunning. Equally the video we took in and around the city from rainy days to bright sunshine truely makes this camera worth its money. The camera takes some pretty impressive stills as well so you get a two in one. The only complaint which to be honest affects most camcorders is the built in microphone suffers when its windy. I have since purchased an adaptor and a seperate microphone with a windsock (the HDR-SR10E doesnt have the mic socket)dont buy the Sony microphones as they dont make windsocks. Do get a second battery with a bigger capacity.
I'm an education and training professional. I use a lot of technology, but my mind is on teaching and training, so it has to work first time and with minimal attention. This camera is superlative. I've bought an extra life battery and a wide-angle attachment to let me shoot in classrooms, and it does just what I need - pin sharp, bright pics, shot on the hoof and with minimal editing needed. I'm glad to have it, and think you will be too.
I've just received this camcorder and can say that overall i am really pleased the camcorder. The quality of this camcorder has just blown me away. I think if you're thinking about buying the Sony HDR-SR12E but don't want to spent that much for a camcorder then go for this one. This camcorder has the same technical specifications as the HDR-SR12E apart from the hard disk drive being 60GB and not 120GB like the HDR-SR12E. It's a little bigger then i would have liked but i think for the quality it's worth the compromise.