I have the Sony A1E and it is great little camera IF the light is decent, in low light, it is very poor. A lot of the controls are adjustable through the touch screen menu only which is not great for making quick changes. No idea about the wide angle as I have not used one on it. I also think that it is difficult to expose properly (I'm forever blowing out the highlights), also, it can be a challenge with the autofocus as it does seem to do a bit of hunting at times. Another downer for the camera is that it is electronic image stabilisation and not optical stabilisation.
All in all though, it is an excellent little camcorder and the mic inputs do give you the opportunity for recording good quality sound.
Low light - Havnt these film people heard of lights ??
Before the D3 I spent my life lighting everything (for stills)- Im not after filming candles at kiddies parties
Difficult to expose properly - is that not a major flaw
Is there not a button for 'AE lock' - wave it around a bit until you have the right exsposure - lock
Is there a focus lock button
Any more comment
Do you think you could make basic adequate video once the limitations are understood
you are probably right - all these cams are a bit rubbish - kinder egg - roll on scarlet or the D3x or wahtever
WHy isnt there and FM2 of cameras - focus, aperture, shutter speed, FPS, ISO, that is all the variables no ?
Anyway lets concentrate if you are kind enough on what I can buy now