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Sony is to Proprietary!
on April 13, 2013
I really wanted to like this camcorder tried it out for a couple weeks.
The video for me was just ok and the pictures were just ok. I havnt been in the market for a camcorder for many years I just usually end up doing pictures. But I new it was time to get some video of the grand kids. The camcorder is small and sleek and very light. I liked all the features it had to offer but the biggest draw back for me was the way you had to interface for video and picture retrieval.
What I wanted was a camera that I could take video and pix and be able to reteive and organize without any hassle and where the finale video and pix where easy to share on any device for viewing. Well thats not going to happen with this camcorder. The only way to view pix or video is through a TV witch is just fine but you just cant take out the SD card and slide into your laptop and start watching and organizing.
You have to have the camcorder plugged into your latop to watch and view your pix/video with the Sony software package provided. Also if you want to share your video or pictures the only choice you have is to burn a picture disk or DVD disk...Useless! I was very frustraited to say the least. When I do video I want to play through windows media player or quiktime or itunes from anyones PC. But with this camcorder your going to have to have the included software to retrieve and veiw your pictures and video. I forgot from past experiences that Sony was so proprietary witch I feel is a draw back to the consumer and to Sony.
It just doesnt make it user freindly in my opinion, it defetes the hole purpose and it forces you to only use their product to see your results...not fair! All in all this is a decent camcorder if you dont mind being locked to the Sony software to see all of your video and pix.
Amazon was awesome with my return and promptly refunded my money, I went with the Canon SX260 a very nice
digital camera that does 720p video. This camera gives me all I need..