Sony HDR-CX130 Full HD Memory Card Camcorder, Blue - HDRCX130/L
|Model Highlights: 1920 x 1080 Full HD video recording, 3-megapixel images, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD™ memory card slots, back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, wide angle G lens, 3.0" touch screen
Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the ultra-compact HDR-CX130 Handycam® camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance, a wide angle Sony G lens, plus 42X extended zoom for getting you closer to the action. Additionally, Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technologies make it easy to capture smiling faces while Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and then automatically selects the appropriate settings from 11 distinct scene modes.
Pros = 1) Good price and 2) takes pretty good high definition footage. 3) Memory sticks are pretty handy and easier to deal with than Hi-8 tapes like my older Sony standard definition camcorder used. Cons = 1) As others have already stated...the LCD screen is pretty hard to see in outdoor sun conditions. Recently tried to capture the USAF Thunderbirds in flight and found it to be quite the challenge. The camera really would have been much better if it had thru-the-lens viewfinder in addition to the LCD. 2) Also, the auto-focus is a bit slow. The camera does allow for manual focus, but the feature is through the menu list and is push-button rather than a twist of the lens. Not very practical for most situations. Overall, a good camera for the money unless you're prepared to shuck some big bucks out!