Summary: I purchased this camcorder some months back but wanted to really test it out before I posted a review/comments. The previous reviews below are very comprehensive and I cant see the point of repeating a lot. All I will say is that the I have not had a single problem with the camcorder. It has worked perfectly every time without a problem. Some comments I would say however having now used for several months: (a) This camcorder is very small and very light.
Summary: Having done a lot of research before buying this and noting both general and specific comments regarding digital camcorders, I purchased this shortly before a trip to Viet Nam and started using it without reference to the manual. The cashback of £60 helped, but I would have purchased in any case. Out of the box this is very easy to use without use of the manual.
Summary: The handycam is simple to use and takes good footage. Unfortunately processing the HD images opens a whole world of pain!!.Playback on the two computers I have tried, which both match the required specifications as detailed by Sony, is too jumpy to even view, let alone manipulate with the included Sony PMB editing software. A further annoyance is that video cannot be captured by Windows Movie Maker as Sony's codec is not compatible with the system.
Summary: Today I took the CX105ES out for a test drive to my local park, Ducks Swans water fountains ect ect, the day was quite sunny and after returning I watched the footage back on my Samsung 8000 Led TV via HDMI connection and I was blown away by the stunning quality, picture was very vivid which I like about Sony, after a while I realized I had left the camcorder on the Default sp mode, and had not been shooting in FH quaility, even on the sp mode it is stunning.
Small Smart and a great introduction into High Definition
31 October 2009
Excerpt: With a holiday to Florida looming I was torn between buying a small but cheaper range non HD camera or to take the plunge and go for an affordable HD range option. With technology always moving forward I went for the HD with the Sony Handycam HDR-CX105E. I was not disappointed. The CX105E came with 8GB of flash memory which was totally inadequate for HD so prepare to add another £30 - £40 to the budget for a 32GB Card.
Pros: A great value for money entry to HD filming
Cons: Will need a very powerful computer for editing .
Excerpt: This time, Sony has launched another unfeasibly small HD camcorder. HDR-factor CX105E have a more conventional form, but still impressive dimensioned.The CX105E greater than the TG3. Although only 40g heavier, the chassis is almost two times as thick. However, the sub-300g weight can hardly be described as fat, and remains one of the smallest 'Full HD' in the market.
Great little camera, forget the bundled software though
Gadget Junky, Amazon
5 October 2009
Summary: Where do I start? Amazon. Bought it here because they offered it for £377 rather then £599 in the shops. Plus I got the £50 cashback from Sony, this made it £327, for that price, I thought I'd give it a go... I used the camera for a few weeks, getting used to what it could do and found it simple to use and about the right size for carrying around on my belt for those 'wish I had my camera moments'. By the way, don't buy the recommended bag, it's far too big.
Summary: Pros: Light and easy to carry around. Picture quality in good light is excellent. Software supplied is reasonably good for managing images but editing is very limited. Slow motion feature is fun but picture quality in this mode is poor. Still photos are very good considering the relatively low megapixel rate. Cons: So light that it is difficult to keep steady. This is not helped by the lack of a separate view finder.
Summary: I selected this HD camcorder after days of looking at reviews of others with a similar spec. and price, and am very pleased with my purchase. It's very easy to use, as my 8 year old grand-daughter found out, and the results are outstanding.