Got my hd 30 today.I paid $1,000 for it, came with USA warranty and a package of goodies which included an extra battery, charger, case, 32g card, screen protectors and a tripod. One interesting thing- the battery will fit my old Sony HC3! However, my batteries from my Sony HC3 won't fit the hdr td 30. What this means is that if you just happen to have a wall charger from that series of camera, you can probably use it to charge up the batteries for the HDR TD 30.
Initial impressions- I like the LCD screen.Zoom is quiet. I took the card out of the cam, put into my Panny 220 bluray player, video played just fine.
Sound sucks though. The 5.1 digital creator thing appears to be no more than stereo sent to five channels. The cam has only two mics that I can see, under the lens. I took it in the yard, even though there was a bird chirping from the far right of me,it played back from the middle speaker (the 5.1 lights were on my receiver).
I'll probably break out my old Cascade audio surround mic for my next trip and plug it in.
Don't understand why Sony still won't allow people to take 3d stills with these cams, I'll just have to bring along my panny 3d1.
Pq is better than 3d1, looks like high def. The 3d1, as much as I like it, has video quality that often looks more like dvd. I guess that is the cost of doing sbs.
The Sony also has manual and auto depth setting. I wonder if the auto setting works to play with the depth, to "enhance" things, to compensate for small IA.
Yes, the 3d doesn't look as dramatic as the 3d1 but the picture overall looks better. Just pointing and shooting at the mountains makes for a 2d looking video, when I got a tree in my yard in the forground, it still looked good.
The camera has pretty good stabilzation. However, it is pretty small. I'll dig out my old L bracket, attach with surround mic on top, look forward to using it next month.