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NICE CAMERA WITH A VERY ANNOYING MAJOR FLAW
on April 14, 2012
This is my first day using this camcorder & I'm sorry to say that I am truly disappointed with one very annoying flaw - the constant presence of annoying icons on the screen when recording in highest quality mode (fx), nightshot, or 24p. Icons appears on the viewfinder WHICH WON'T GO AWAY NO MATTER WHAT. In highest quality (fx) mode or in 24p, an icon appears to indicate that the camcorder is unable to take still photographs in this mode. In nightshot mode, an icon which looks like an eye in a box plus the word "NIGHTSHOT" appears and will not go away. You end up with a screen which is full of distracting icons, & they don't go away when you press the "DISPLAY" button. And these icons aren't placed in the corners, but around & above the center of the viewfinder so they really really get in the way of the picture. This is really annoying and interferes with my creative process. I don't need annoying icons to be in my viewfinder for eternity. I need to see what I'm recording without any annoying distractions. I don't understand why Sony let such a careless flaw occur in what would otherwise be a nice camcorder. If I'm wrong about this, then my apologies to Sony & I would love to know how to make this disappear. But after fiddling with it for 2 hours I'm pretty confident to say that I've tried everything and it won't go away. Talk about buyer's remorse - I've never regretted a purchase so much in my life & at this price I have a lot to regret.