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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have went with a high def model, April 12, 2011
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This review is from: Sony DCR-SX45 Handycam Camcorder (Blue) (Electronics)
Many options to choose from. Menu style is very user friendly. The biggest problem for me was picture quality. I understand this is a standard definition camcorder but in low light or indoors the picture was just to grainy. Outdoors the picture is okay but it could be better. The battery life wears down extremely fast so you must have a backup. Overall I should have paid an extra $200 and bought the CX110 model. I bought it on 4-8-2011 and I returned it 4-12-2011.
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Initial post: May 18, 2011 10:10:20 PM PDT
A big problem I see with trying to figure out what kind and which camcorder to buy is reading all of the reviews and everyone most always complaining about the quality of PICTURES the camcorder takes. The main focus of a camcorder is to record video, not to take digital pictures. I admit it is a cool feature to have both options available in one unit, but if you are wanting great quality pictures, then buy a digital camera.

Posted on May 27, 2011 2:22:21 PM PDT
Howard says:
SO aside from the ¨Pictures¨being bad, which I won´t use. How good is the VIDEO quality? As the reviewer stated, I also realize this is a STANDARD DEF camera, so being a standarf def format, how is the quality of the VIDEO in low light and inside shooting? I don´t own a HD TV or blue ray player so I have nothing to enjoy HD video on. THANKS in advance for your thoughts

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 1:57:18 PM PDT
I presumed that "picture quality" doesn't refer to photographs, but to the quality of the video image. Just like television sets are commonly reviewed in terms of "picture quality", even though the picture happens to be moving.

Publication reviews have mentioned that now that high-def is the thing, the image quality of the standard def cameras is not what it used to be, and that this model is no exception to the trend.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011 2:17:18 PM PDT
James Shirk says:
VIDEO quality can be quite dark indoors in a dimly lit room, otherwise it is good. Don't get a HD model if you don't have an HD TV, you'll end up converting it to SD just to put it on a DVD anyways.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 1:39:34 PM PDT
I agree that the `standard` of video is not what it used to be. You`d think it would be better. I`m not thrilled with this camera either and I think it`s going back. And the software is lousy,in my mind. What you have to go through to load video into the computer is ridiculous.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:54:37 AM PST
PerrillTN says:
Frankly I love my sony handycam. Its sound quality while recording is awsome, it takes decent pics thought thats not its primary function. My only issue with the cam is that the auto focus in low light doesnt do too well. It will go in and out of focus in low light to near dark conditions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 10:59:01 AM PST
Real Buyer says:
I`m a little happier with mine now that I`ve used it more. I`ve changed shooting modes to better pick up night shots. I`m not thrilled that the format the video is in won`t work with Windows movie maker, but it comes out fine within the included software.
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