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Awesome camera that it seems no one knows exists
on March 2, 2013
This camera is amazing. It is one of the best cameras I have ever owned. I searched for a long time to find a camera with the capabilities that this camera has. This camera is true full high-def! This camera performs like a $10,000 camera. This camera is capable of doing underwater photography, still shots and high-definition video and performing all three of those functions superbly. It is very lightweight and hand-held friendly. The display is amazing and large for easy viewing. I don't know if Sony's sales of this camera were very numerous. It was very hard to find this camera and I did not find it on Sony's webpage. I visited a local camera shop and they were the ones that found that it existed, but they did not have it available on their shelf either. I bought it on Amazon. I think this is truly one of the most underrated cameras and unknown cameras on the market. We bought it for our 10 day Florida Keys vacation in February 2013. The camera performed excellent in lowlight night shots and in the superbright days. We have a high-def television (Samsung 60" 8000 smart tv- also excellent) at home and watching the videos and looking at the pictures that we took made us so happy that this was the camera that we chose. It seemed like we were there again and in 3D. I am truly not the best review writer and in fact this is one of the few that I've ever written, but we are so happy with this camera I had to write it. I hope Sony continues to make this line camera. We were in Key West and we went to the butterfly sanctuary and it was unbelievable the detail of the flowers, the birds, and the butterflies that this camera took (both stills and video). Upon review you could actually see the tongues of the butterflies as they sipped nectar nectar from flowers. At our resort, while using it in the pool, I was approached by numerous fellow guests inquiring about the camera. They were all amazed that you could take this camera into the water and on dry land. I allowed a few people to use it and they were amazed at the clarity on the screen of the display on the camera itself. Reviewing our videos at home on our television it was also amazing how good the microphone picked up sound, we thought it would not do as well as most cameras because it was waterproof but this ended up not being the case in our benefit. The microphone worked excellent. A negative is the button that controls the telephoto to bring it to zoom in and out on objects could be a little easier to use. I took my children snuba diving which is a combination of snorkeling/scuba diving. You can go down up to 20 feet of water. I never exceeded the 16 foot maximum but I did take the camera to what I felt comfortable was 12 to 14 feet. The video upon review was excellent and the camera also held up without any flaws. I read a few other people's reviews here and I do not understand their complaints. I am not a professional photographer but this camera also does not cost what a professional camera costs. I found it to be a truly amazing camera and if you are like me and willing to spend about $500 this camera will be your best purchase I guarantee it. The still photos were excellent, and a neat feature allows you to take still pictures as you're recording video. Unfortunately you can't do it on full high-def. You should buy the optional wall charger. Do not buy the optional semi hard case that Sony sells. The case is a really bad product and has nowhere to store an extra battery or anything else. Save your money and just buy a generic case that fits this camera. The final thing I will say is that from the moment we used it, being unsophisticated camera people, we found it super easy and functional. The SD-card system is one of the best inventions that we have ever had as this is our first video camera that uses an SD card versus digital tapes.