Top critical review
Not my cuppa at all- may be great for those who like feeling sea-sick (5 axis balance is waaay too "loose")
8 January 2018
OMG... I am a video editor and a fairly decent camera operative and this camera treats me like a total idiot which zero idea of where I like to stop a pan to. Meaning- the 5 axis balance is insane! I am sure its great where you are jogging to keep up with your subject but when you have a steady hand as I do, deliberately stop somewhere on a hand-held pan and the confounded thing keeps rocking as though your decisions are not good enough?! No- I wasn't going too fast. Yes- it went back. Saved myself nearly £160 and got an equivalent Panasonic.
Otherwise- nicely weighted in the hand (I am used to the Panasonic HVX200 but also had an old, much smaller, Sony camcorder for discreet work) for my liking.
Build quality was OK with enough metal to make me think it wasn't just a toy. Inconvenient that it doesn't come with a mains lead and a battery charger. Battery life is never going to be adequate for me and I like the ability to plug into the mains if a shoot runs over or, at VERY least, charge the (second) battery.
Writing of metal... The other thing which got to me is that when I received it the lens cover was open and the outer ring's edge is very sharp metal and had "shaved" the stupid non-woven packaging. And, with the lens exposed, that allowed the lens to be covered in shavings. I'd have had to have cleaned the lens before I could have used it, if I had kept it.