Recommended – a very good camera. I purchased the sony cx115e video camera to replace 3 year old sony mini dv tape camera. Before i purchased i read most of the reviews and was considering the panasonic sd60 but decided on the sony as some of the reviews for the panasonic suggested that there may be an issue with the sound. Several reviewers reported that they had wind noise. This along with the sony being cheaper, i decided to go with the sony. Once i received the sony and started to play with it i was not happy. The play back was very slightly grainy on my 46 inch tv when viewing close up. The white balance was very bad. I was ready to send the camera back but decided not to and to give it a chance by fully reading the manual and testing. The picture is perfect both indoors and outside. I tested it indoors with room lights on and off. I can say it performs very well. I did a comparison with my old camera and it blows it away. Both in terms of depth of colour, clarity and sharpness.
Very impressed with quality and detail of videos when replayed on my tv (don’t have hd enabled picture at moment). Colour, sharpness and detail are better than i expected. On computer the colours are not so rich which is no doubt due to monitor not camcorder. So small it’s very easy to carry around. Bought primarily to take videos of birds and scenery when out walking. The only problem is seeing what you want to see on lcd screen because of daylight particularly sunlight. This is not a problem with landscape videos but when trying to pick up birds against sky more difficult. However this is going to be a problem with any camcorder.
Sony HDRCX115EB High Definition Handycam Camcorder – Black
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- Full HD video recording
- Up to 3.1 Megapixel still photo
- Shoot crisp still images on memory card, even while recording video simultaneously
- Face Detection for beautiful portraits
- Smile Shutter for happy still portraits
- 5.1 surround sound
A very compact camcorder, it’s output in hd mode on my 47′ hd tv is simply stunning, i am amazed at the quality from a machine that cost me £240. It is simple and easy to use, you can play about with lots of the settings if you wish, but i have found that it performs very well if you just leave it in auto mode and let the camcorder get on with it. Perfect for me as i’m not really into all that technical stuff, i have not used it in photo mode as i have a good digital camera for that, i know some users say it is not particularly good at taking photos, but hey, my expensive digital camera is not very good at taking videos.Horses for coursesif using indoors, even in auto mode i find it is better to set the lighting type to incandescent otherwise the output can look a little on the orange side, and the output is a little grainy in poor light, but remember it’s around the £240 mark and at that price i am really pleased and impressed by the quality of this little camcorder.
Great little camcorder for both sd & hd video. My 2ghz computer with 1gb ram is not fast enough to edit hd so i am very happy to stick to sd quality which i have used for many years. I use pinnancle studio 14 which imports sd 16:9 mpeg-2 files from the camera quickly without any bother and write to dvd which can be played on any dvd player. I also have a bluray dvd player and 37′ lcd tv and find the quality of sd video is excellent. I am therefore in no hurry to record in hd requiring a pc upgrade and also to create dvds which can only be played on a bluray player. The camera has a 1/4′ sensor which produces very good video indoors and outdoors and is much better than the canon fs200 with its smaller sensor which i have tried. The camera has good battery life and is good the handle – i like the zoom which works very smoothly (unlike the canon mentioned) and the manually operated lens cover. I would certainly recommend this camera for anyone such as myself who requires excellent sd video recording as well as the ability to record in full hd when required.
Useful feature included – not expected. Found out that this camera supports the lanc remote function. This means that with a lanc remote control, you can focus and zoom (with variable speed if the remote supports it) without touching the camers. This allows you to get shots on extreme zoom on a tripod and then zoom back without the kick as you touch the onboard zoom control. I was surprised this function was inluded and even sony support said it was only a two speed zoom control, but it works perfectly. It also allows for remote focus, where you can change the focus point from one subject to another, which is pretty impossible by tapping the touchscreen. You have to get a lanc controller with av connector plug, as the standard 3. 5mm jack is not supported, but you can get a converter cable (i got a remote with the converter cable for around £[ which is clunky but does the job at a price)apart from this, very pleased with the video image quality but the still photos are worse than useless. Sound outside is useless without a windshield which is very difficult to fit. I have stuck some windshield material on using sticky dots which allows recording in non still conditions but not really above a gentle breeze. ]
Sony HDRCX115EB High Definition Handycam Camcorder – Black : Excellent compact camcorder. I bought this camcorder as i wanted a small compact camcorder with high quality high def output. After using it for a while, i am very happy. The image quality is excellent (i use it with eveything set to the highest quality). The downside to this is that even using a 16gb transcend class 10 sd card, you get a maximum 90 minutes recording time. The camera really is small and fits in the palm of your hand, there are few controls on the camera itself, with the majority being accessible through the touchscreen display. I would recommend getting a small tripod like a gorillapod which really helps keep the camera stable when using the zoom. I have only used the optical zoom up to 25x, and the image quality is great, i took a video of the moon and all of the craters are clear and sharp. I am now looking for a suitable case to fit the camera, i want something snug and compact to match the camera. Recommended and easy to use with good image quality.