Sony seem to have adopted the mantle of their surrogate mother Minolta.
Some really brilliant innovations, some WTF moments.
Despite being one of the very first proprietary DSLR makers (RD series) they dropped the ball, and by the time they picked it up Canon and Nikon had usurped their digital progress. Not to mention that after the XK, Minolta were generally an amateurs camera, shame as they made some lovely unique lenses (VFC, STF) and broke some firsts (early to non-stop down party, very early to the wireless flash party, ground breakers with TTL flash metering, dynax 9 top shutter, on sensor IS) then the silly like the inverted flash shoe..
I am debating what my next compact camcorder will be... DSLRs are great but I miss everything just being designed to work for video... looking at C300 and fs700.... getting pithed off with the back focus drifting when I zoom my canons, and yes, I know primes would avoid this issue, just I dont want to carry a bag of primes.
I am interested in what other manufacturers do. Especially sony. Our bread and butter camcorders have always been Sonys...