I just bought one Sony DCR HC26 and I don't know what are you people expecting from it, but I find the video quality amazing for this price. I did some shooting at 120W bulb lights and I have to tell you: I expected much worse. It lacks the manual controls found on other camcorders (maybe in the same price range) but I don't miss it. I dont want to waste 2-3 minutes (at best) to make artistic adjustments. I just want to turn it on and shoot. The LCD Touch Screen really makes control of the camera easier The battery life is awsome too, when i used it it sould last over a day of filming.
That's it. And this little camcorder does its best. I am telling you: it is amazing!
I am doing this because I think this review is a little unbalanced. I would seriousy consider buying the HCR-DC26 camcorder.