I decided to go ahead and keep the camcorder that I spoke of previously. With the coupon we used it wasn’t as bad as paying retail. It pretty much paid for the extended warranty which also covers accidental damage. It’s funny because the accidental damage warranty is all dependent on how you word things. For instance, if I dropped it in the pool it wouldn’t be covered, but if I said, “I spilled a 20,000 gallon pool on the camera” it would be covered. Okay, not really but it depends on the type of accident from what I was told. Anyways, you came for the photos, so here it is, still in the box along with the extended life battery:
Next thing, you gotta really want this camcorder since it clearly states that there is a 15% re-stocking fee if you return it and the box is opened.
Following the cutting of the re-stocking fee warning sticker we have what greets us as the top of the box is opened:
After removing the manuals, CD, and other documentation you see the familiar message that the manufacturer does not want you to return the item if it doesn’t work as expected. I guess retailers kick the manufacturers pretty hard if things get returned for no good reason or if it’s too hard to use so they return it.
Look how neatly all the cables are packed up and stuff.
Here’s everything in the box. The only thing really missing that would have been nice would be an HDMI cable. Considering how much this thing costs and the fact that the folks that buy this camera are going to have an HD television and the fact that Sony makes these cables they really could have included one.
Then here are some various angles of the camera.
I took some simple video clips with it yesterday and they look amazing. Even in just okay light they looked great. I can’t wait to take some video outside tomorrow under natural light and see how they look.
Unfortuanately at this time there aren’t a lot of options for NLE work just yet. I’ve read some stuff about how using PowerDVD 7 Deluxe that you get a driver that can help you convert the AVC video that the camcorder records into a normal format that Premiere, Vegas or some other system can handle but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. I think I’ll probably store raw video on DVDs or an external hard drive for now in the native AVC format and then just work with converted MPG video using the included software. I’ll primarily be producing DVDs for family members so MPG is fine for them. I doubt it will be that long before I see more support for the format in things like Premiere, though.
Image Quality (Stills)
Still image quality is pretty good, especially considering it’s a camcorder. Focus in low light situations isn’t spectacular but it’s not meant to replace my primary still camera.
I just opened it last night so it’s too early to tell but I like the camcorder so far. I’ll post some small videos in coming weeks to demonstrate the camera.