I've had my CX760V for about 3 months now. Have collected quite a few accessories and some pretty good prices as well. Although my experience in shooting video is minimal, I'm of the nature to perform comparisons when learning new equipment. I've also taken as many opportunities to use my new camcorder to aid me in leaning more about its features and best ways to shoot.
With different shooting environments, comes different results. And since the camcorder has three different level settings, I choose when one to use based on the shoot I'm performing. If I know I'm going to be outside, such as a concert in the park, then I put the camcorder in its highest "Active" level of SteadyShot. When doing this, I don't expect a perfectly still shot as I'm moving from time to time.
As I watch the news, or other video being displayed on TV that involves outdoor shots, I notice the cameraman also has movement being display. Perhaps its a small amount, but its still there and you really don't notice it. (At least I hadn't until I started using this new unit).
If I'm indoors, then I change the setting the camcorder so it doesn't try and correct verticle movement, only horizontal.
The current methods of holding the camera I use are either the Sony Tripod V80. The Sony Smart Grip (with the intelligent controls), or on a Benro MonoPod (also using the extended remote cable unit). I rarely hold the camera to perform shoots, but on occasion for small things I will.
Because of some recent shooting I'm performing (concerts in the park), that spans over 3 hours, I'm looking into getting a shoulder brace. Now the CX760V isn't all that heavy, but after a few shoots, I've found that I can get away with some smoother video, still be able to squat for those low shots and get back up high, say on a bench without having to collapse the MonPod for just a single shot. Sure there will still be movement, expected, but it will be more consistent.
Never-the-less, I've had other watch the video's I have shot, and there amazed at how smooth the shoots are, in comparison to higher end pro-units being used in the concert shoots. (I've been assigned to get crowd shots and the like).
I believe much of it has a lot to do with learning principles of video shooting. Elsewhere in this forum I found a post thats been helpful for me, and it reads the following:
Here are some tips:
1. Never run with the camera while shooting.
2. Never pan the camera fast while shooting.
3. Never pan at all while shooting (violate infrequently).
4. Never zoom fast while shooting.
5. Never zoom at all while shooting (violate infrequently).
If you start with these rules you will shoot much more effective video. These rules are particularly important for shooting action sports. Watch ESPN regularly and study how they shoot whatever sport you are interested in. The Sony CX760 has the most effective stabilizer in any camera. If you shoot video correctly it will be extremely useful.
The link to the thread containing this post is here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1445306/sony-hdr-cx760v-noise-problem